County sets policy for holiday pay for sheriff’s dept.

Published 1:41 pm Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Chilton County Commission unanimously voted Tuesday to set a policy for holiday pay with the Chilton County Sheriff’s Department.

Chilton County Sheriff John Shearon proposed a resolution to commissioners regarding holiday pay to include the following:

•Employees who are required to work on a holiday should be compensated their regular hourly rate (times hours worked that holiday) plus eight hours regular rate holiday pay. This means if a shift worker works a 12-hour shift, they will be compensated for the 12 hours worked plus eight hours holiday pay for a total of 20 hours. If the employee works eight hours on a holiday, they will be compensated for the eight hours worked plus eight hours holiday pay for a total of 16 hours at regular rate of pay.

•An employee that does not work the holiday should be compensated for eight hours holiday pay at their regular rate of pay only.

•A non-hourly salaried employee’s compensation will not change whether the employee works or has taken the holiday off.

•The accrual of time will not be allowed. All employees eligible for holiday time will be compensated as described above during the same pay period as the holiday. The only reason for overtime pay would be if an employee has physically worked over 86 hours in a pay period.

Commissioner Shannon Welch asked Shearon for clarification about the previous system the department used regarding holiday pay.

“If you have a deputy that normally works a 12-hour, but they are only paid eight hours for that holiday, is that really fair?” Welch asked.

Shearon said under the previous system, individuals who stayed at home for a holiday as opposed to those who were scheduled to work, could in some cases make more money for staying at home.

Welch said he would like to see the holiday pay given to reflect someone’s regularly scheduled hours.

“If someone works 12 hour shifts, they need to be compensated accordingly,” Welch said.

Commissioners unanimously voted to approve the proposed resolution from Shearon.

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