EAST CHICAGO | Proposed changes to the city's personnel policy manual were presented to the East Chicago City Council recently, including a new classification for full-time employees.
Sandra Favela, interim director of the Human Resources Department, said one change, necessitated by the Affordable Care Act, would classify full-time employees as those who work at least 30 hours a week. It would be a decrease from the 2012 manual, which states full-time employees work at least 35 hours each week.
"With the new Affordable Care Act that's coming in place Jan. 1, we need to change that to 30 hours," Favela said. "Any employee who works 30 hours or more will be full-time and be entitled to insurance. Anyone who works part-time, 29 hours or less, would not be entitled to any type of insurance."
Another proposed change would increase the probationary period for an employee from 30 to 90 days.
Favela said the 30-day period gives department heads and supervisors insufficient time to evaluate performance.
The amount city workers are reimbursed for travel expenses also is expected to change.
Under the current policy, the city controller's office must reimburse employees at the federal rate of 56.5 cents per mile.
"In the past, they were using the state of Indiana's, which is a little less," Favela said. "And for cost savings, we decided to go back to the state of Indiana rate."
The state rate is 44 cents per mile.
First District Councilman Adrian Santos asked Anderson to provide a list of employees who have been submitting travel expenses. He said he doesn't think department heads should seek reimbursement for local travel.
The council is expected to adopt the ordinance amending the personnel policy manual during its next meeting.