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Supervisors discuss holiday pay

November 8, 2012

The Webster County Board of Supervisors discussed holiday time for county employees during its meeting Tuesday morning.

A motion to approve the extension of the Christmas holiday to all day Dec. 24 was tabled pending discussion with the employees' union, human resources and department heads.

The motion was to allow for the entire day, a Monday, to be a holiday. County offices would otherwise be open from 8 a.m. to noon Christmas eve day.

"I believe we should be inclined to talk with the union and go to department heads to get an idea of the total costs before we move forward," said board Chairman Bob Singer.

Webster County Human Resource Director Amy Porter said the decision should be made on the basis of what is most equitable to all county employees noting that if certain employees get holiday pay, all employees should be entitled to paid time off.

"It would be prudent to table the decision until we know the true cost involved and until we know if we have equitable treatment of all employees," said Supervisor Clark Fletcher.

"I empathize with those who want time off," said Singer. "There is also the option to use vacation time."

The motion was tabled until a later date.



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