Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Did you work the 4th of July but not the 5th?

Are you one of the lucky (or unlucky) ones who are required to work on the 4th of July but get the 5th off and you did not recieve holiday pay? Then you you may be getting compensation (form of a check) after payroll finishes their recent audit of July timesheets.

Article 58 Section 5 talks about the observed holiday falling on Monday the 5th since the 4th was on a Sunday. In the last part of the section 5 it states that if you are an employee who is required to work on holidays and its in writting (like your job description?) then you are exempt from the observed holiday language and your recognized holiday is the actual holiday date outlined in Section 1 of article 58, which would be the 4th. So if you worked on the weekend and your day off started on Monday the 5th, then you would recieve your holiday pay on the 4th (not the 5th).

Thanks to Peggy Rinck (President of Local 733) for catching this and motivating HR to take corective action. Below is an excerpt from an email from Tasha Peterson (HR) that describes what they will do next, so stay tuned!

1. We are conducting a payroll audit on July time. The audit will be looking for the following:If folks worked both the 4th and 5th - we will make sure that HP was only paid on one of these days. This is past practice. Overpayment resulting from being paid HP on BOTH days will be collected via payroll.If folks worked on the 4th and not the 5th - they will be paid HO and HP on the 4th.If folks worked on the 5th and not the 4th - they will paid HO and HP on the 5th.Anyone shorted will be adjusted and paid.
2. Please DO NOT change any July time sheets. Payroll will make all the adjustments (that is why they want the paper time sheets sent in.)
3. After the audit is complete, we will change the designation of those employees who should be paid on the actual holiday. We will provide the notification to them and you (in additional to it appearing in the position description currently). We will update the Special Working Conditions Form to communicate to employees who will receive holiday pay on actual holidays (rather than observed).And finally, thank you for your continued patience with me.

Upcoming Parks and Recreation Union meeting

Parks and Recreation Local 733 will be having a meeting in Florence on October 1st and 2nd. This will be a family freindly event that may include a Saturday BBQ. Travel and lodging costs will be paid for those traveling a considerable distance. On Friday October 1st the meeting will start at 6pm with a networking dinner. An official flyer with more information and a registration form will be posted soon.