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Comp Time Nixed Under Finizio Executive Order

Mayor says compensatory time for non-union employees will no longer be approved and that it will be replaced by flex time

Mayor Daryl Finizio signed his seventh executive order this morning, saying compensatory time for non-union employees will no longer be approved.

The order revises the practice of reimbursing employees who work beyond their normal hours. Under compensatory time, employees may work shorter days and use accrued hours to receive pay for a full day’s work. However, employees may also cash out compensatory time hours upon retirement.

The order includes department heads and replaces compensatory time with flex time, which does not create payments beyond normal salaries and must be used within a pay period. Non-exempt employees may be paid overtime or use flex time at the discretion of Finizio and Chief Administrative Officer Jane Glover.

Employees must use compensatory time currently earned as flex time by the end of the fiscal year on June 30 or it will be forfeited. Finizio said the order does not retroactively affect compensatory time earned, but that employees are being encouraged to use such time to take shorter days rather than payouts.

The order also sets rules on leave and employee training. One section of the order says employees should follow “appropriate contractual language and the personnel policies regarding use of leave, including business union leave.”

Training is limited to locations within the state, and employees wishing to take training outside of Connecticut must receive approval from Finizio and Glover and pay all travel and housing costs related to the trip. If a training is mandatory and not available in Connecticut, Finizio and Glover may reimburse travel and housing costs.

Finizio said the goal of the order, along with recent actions such as an executive order on event costs and a tentative agreement with the police union, is to generate future savings and ensure that the city does not run a deficit in the 2013 fiscal year due to a . He estimated that the order on compensatory time will save hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, but that this will not result in a direct reduction of the approved budget or tax rate for this year.

“It’s always hard to calculate, because it’s a moving target,” Finizio said of the compensatory time savings.

Finizio said he consulted with Glover, members of the City Council, department heads, and the Personnel and Law Departments for input on the order. He said the mayor’s office has been working by the order’s guidelines, since his staff has not earned compensatory time and he paid out of pocket for a .

Compensatory time was a subject of dispute in a but not enacted. The retirement would have paid Ackley for over 2,000 hours of accrued compensatory time, at a payout of between $169,917.21 and $199,508.14. Finizio later proposed an employment contract and settlement that would have , but both measures were .

Finizio said department heads are continuing to analyze their budgets for further savings in order to operate within their budgets, including revisions to standard operating procedures. He said these changes should be finalized within the next few weeks.

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Spencer August 27, 2012 at 04:57 PM
OK--wait---is this agreement even legal? Are there not some labor laws to consider--before something like this could actually be executed?????
Clark van der Lyke August 27, 2012 at 05:36 PM
I had one year worth of comp time when I left the city in 2001 and accepted the word from city personnel when they told me nobody was ever paid for comp time. I actually believed that it was part of the job. However, if I had been offered a check, I would have taken it. I think it got out of hand.
Matthew Macunus Jr. August 27, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Great job by the mayor and the administration.I like the concept of this order! This is a nice place to start. I hope that the next item that that the administration addresses is the sick time policy. The current policy makes it possible for a city employee to acrue hundreds and hundreds of sick days and cash them in at retirement or separation from the city. These are paid out at a much higher rate than the sick days were earned under. This is an outdated way to do business and hurts the taxpayers. Sick days are for when you are sick, sick days are not a nest egg to build for retirement. Sick days were meant for pay replacement when you cannot get to work when you are ill. The sick days policy was to protect the employees from pay loss when sick, it was not designed to screw the taxpayers. The next executive order needs to eliminate sick days carry over for all non union employs immediately and for all new hires. The union contracts protect the current union employees until they negotiate it away or until they are all gone by attrition. We have to stop the bleeding now. Why wait another day? For the current union employees pay out sick days at the pay rate that the days were earned at. That will save a lot of money.
Matthew Macunus Jr. August 27, 2012 at 06:49 PM
We may actually be turning this city around if we keep this up!
Carol D. Fox August 27, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Of course its legal. They are non-union employees.
Doc Halliday August 27, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Retirement should be based on base salary and NOT sick days, unused vacation day, OVERTIME, extra work days, etc. Tax payers can no longer afford high retirement. Everyone needs to save something for retirement.
Chip Smith August 28, 2012 at 12:38 AM
FYi check your facts before you rant. City employees are paid unused vacation and holidays when they retire, not sick. They call in sick and use those days when they are on their way out. Many are taking advantage of that benefit now. Apparently the Fiz is last to know They are paid for vacation and holidays and not sick when they retire. Stop the rant on issues you know nothing about. The Fiz will have a big problem if he can't payoff the Chief.
Doc Halliday August 28, 2012 at 10:55 AM
Thank you to those that have sent me comments. Intelligent discussion resolves more disagreements and leads to better government.
Thomas Cornick August 28, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Retirement should be based and capped at the median income of the city. That is what the taxpayer can afford to live on and pay and it would eliminate the overtime grabs used in the last years of employment to game the system.
Spencer August 28, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I want to go on record here and give credit where credit is due. After mulling this action over--and talking with a a couple of people about the implications of this...it would appear that Daryl actually did the right thing here, and he did it legally as well. The overtime alone that this City is paying to City officials was swallowing this City whole--and Daryl's actions in this case appears to be a step towards rectifying that problem. Sooo...(clearing throat here--) Nice job on this one Daryl. Baby steps! Ok Zak--u can do a happy dance here if you want to!
Greg Bryant August 28, 2012 at 03:48 PM
They are paid for sick days get your facts straight.
Greg Bryant August 28, 2012 at 03:50 PM
With the money that is saved can Jane Glover purchase pellet guns for the citizens to check out from her office to shoot the dogs that do their duty on peoples property?
Spencer August 28, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Oh Greg--Did u go there??? Hmmm...now you got me wondering if Jane Glover's office windonw ever opens.....
Greg Bryant August 28, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Did you notice no dogs ever on the city hall lawn under this administration?
Greg Bryant August 28, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Now we know why!
Chip Smith August 28, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Greg, Maybe the Chief is-- but the police union does not get paid for their sick days when they retire. Read the union contract to get your facts straight.
Paul August 29, 2012 at 12:11 AM
What a great first step, now take the second step and implement this in the Police union... They are the ones really screwing the taxpayers of NL
Greg Bryant August 29, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Chip Smith The city would be in better shape if the union contracts were followed. Your footing is weak. Direct dealing and settlements the contract is not followed. Try again.
Chip Smith August 30, 2012 at 10:25 AM
They are not paid for sick time.
Greg Bryant August 30, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Chip, I think that you will find that many actually have been paid out! And several have taken them as regular days off at the end of their service. Look at the contract and show me where direct dealing is allowed, it is not but it happens. Did Lacey get paid for any sick days?
Emily Kendall August 31, 2012 at 07:11 PM
http://theday.com/article/20120831/NWS01/120839927/1017 What does this kind of response cost the taxpayers?

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