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File #: 21-1194    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Request for approval Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 3/23/2021 In control: Commissioners Court
On agenda: 3/30/2021 Final action:
Title: Request by Budget Management for approval to temporarily amend the Harris County Personnel Policies and Procedures to suspend the 75-day benefit waiting period for new employees until April 30, 2021. New regular position employees will be eligible for group health benefits the first day of the pay period following seven days of continuous employment.
Attachments: 1. 21-1194-COVID19 Benefits Waiting Period Order
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To: Harris County Commissioners Court

Through: Shain Carrizal, Senior Director of Human Resources & Risk Management
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Prepared By: Shain Carrizal, Senior Director of Human Resources & Risk Management

Subject: Temporary Amendment to the Harris County Personnel Policies and Procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
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Purpose and Request:
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Request by Budget Management for approval to temporarily amend the Harris County Personnel Policies and Procedures to suspend the 75-day benefit waiting period for new employees until April 30, 2021. New regular position employees will be eligible for group health benefits the first day of the pay period following seven days of continuous employment.
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Background and Discussion:
Temporarily suspending the 75-day benefit waiting period supports the wellness of new Harris County employees and assists with stopping the spread of COVID by promoting new employees to get tested and seek treatment for COVID without the financial concern of having insurance to cover the expenses.

Fiscal Impact:
The cost of temporarily suspending the 75-day benefit waiting period has been minimal since many elected medical procedures were postponed during the COVID pandemic. Harris County is self-insured for medical, and there has not been a significant increase in claims cost recognized as a result of this policy change.

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Attachments:
Temporary Amendment to the Harris Count...

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