Handbook 'oversight' causes problems

GREENFIELD — County employees who received double pay for working holidays so far this year should no longer get the extra perk, Hancock County Council members say.

The council Wednesday discussed what it called a mistake in the new county employee policy that states every employee should be compensated for holidays, whether they work them or not.

The confusion might wind up costing taxpayers upwards of $20,000.

The policy, which took effect at the beginning of the year after hours of debate in committee meetings, led to confusion among public safety officers who had to work New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day but didn’t understand how they should be compensated.

While employees who worked the holidays were used to earning time and a half for the hours they worked, the new employee handbook implies they should be paid double.

“It’s kind of like double-dipping,” council President Bill Blander said.

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