Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

November 27, 2013

Commissioners: Sign compliance form, or lose bonus

Some county employees push back against new policy handbook.

By Carson Gerber Kokomo Tribune
Kokomo Tribune

---- — PERU — Miami County employees who fail to hand in a policy handbook consent form today will lose their bonus longevity pay after county commissioners said some workers are refusing to sign the form.

Commissioners issued a new edition of the policy handbook earlier this year, and requested every employee sign and return a form that says employees understand and will comply with its policies.

But commissioners said the handbook has received pushback from some workers.

“You name it, people have found something to complain about,” said Commissioner Josh Francis. “Some of the things they’re complaining about haven’t even changed from the previous edition.”

Last week, Recorder Brenda Weaver submitted her employees’ consent forms, but crossed out the word “comply” in a sentence stating “I understand that it is my responsibility to read and comply with the stated policies and any subsequent revisions.”

Commissioners said Monday if workers don’t return an unedited consent form, they will lose their longevity pay, which could be up to $850 a year for some employees.

“They refuse to sign our policy handbook, which gives them this benefit, and then they still want the benefit,” Francis said. “We’re saying, ‘Look, if you can’t sign off on the handbook, why should you get the benefits the handbook gives you?’”

Officials in the auditor’s office reported Monday afternoon 16 full-time employees had yet to turn in the form.

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, or at carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com.