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Noting that there are 11 unions, all with their own contracts, she indicated her departments help managers to understand nuances in each contract to prevent disputes.
She indicated that the employee policy manual has been completely revised, but will be phased in gradually to make sure that employees and managers understand the policy.
She also encourages training, and had five people get management certificates over the past year through Northampton Community College. There has been management training in Human Services, and it is scheduled to start at Public Works today.
She is changing personnel files from paper to electronic format She wants to be able to maintain the information securely and wants some information in HR only, like social security numbers. .
She indicated managers must be aware of union contracts, career service regulations and constitutional rights that apply to public sector workers.
Trapp spoke about FMLA, jokingly calling it the "Friday Monday Leave Act." She said it is the "single most abused benefit" among employees anywhere, in or out of government. She indicated that the answer is better training to assure compliance.
If an employee on worker's comp is released for limited duty, she finds something for the person, even if it is outside that worker's department.
Executive John Brown believes the training has made a difference,and has resulted in the quick resolution of employee grievances. He credited Trapp with having had a "significant impact" in curbing abuses that occur when policies are unclear. He also likes Trapp's responsiveness. "They are really here to be service vendors for our employees," which is a far cry from the way county employees have historically regarded Human Relations.
One of the biggest changes Trapp made was to establish a Human Relations presence at Gracedale, which employs a third oft he County workforce. Trapp will explain what is going on there today.
Trapp also indicated that, as positions open up, she is attempting to address compression. But to do it all at once "would create confusion" and be expensive.
* Pictured above are, from left to right, Courtney Kendzejeski, Gracedale Deputy Director; Brenda Gurst, Clerical Specialist; Lisa Getz, Recruitment Specialist; Stephanie Hann, Clerical Technician; Margaret "Peggy" Feely, Benefits Coordinator; Luke DeBoer, Labor Relations Officer; and Deputy Director Michael Twining (standing). The staff also includes HR Analyst Mark SchaefferHR Analyst Shawna Shriver; and Executive Secretary Nicole Beers.
(Orginally published at midnight and updated to identify HR Staff.)