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File #: 22-4518    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Policy Status: Passed
File created: 7/21/2022 In control: Commissioners Court
On agenda: 8/2/2022 Final action: 8/2/2022
Title: Request by Human Resources and Risk Management for approval to extend authorization allowing employees the option to be paid for all hours worked directly related to the response and recovery of COVID-19 for the period of August 13, 2022 through August 26, 2022.
Department: Human Resources and Risk Management
Department Head/Elected Official: Shain Carrizal

Regular or Supplemental RCA: Regular RCA

Type of Request: Policy

Project ID (if applicable): COVID19
Vendor/Entity Legal Name (if applicable): N/A

MWDBE Contracted Goal (if applicable): N/A
MWDBE Current Participation (if applicable): N/A
Justification for 0% MWDBE Participation Goal: N/A - Goal not applicable to request

Request Summary (Agenda Caption):
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Request by Human Resources and Risk Management for approval to extend authorization allowing employees the option to be paid for all hours worked directly related to the response and recovery of COVID-19 for the period of August 13, 2022 through August 26, 2022.
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Background and Discussion:
Since the onset of the pandemic, Commissioners Court has authorized employees responding to COVID-19 to be paid for all hours worked instead of accumulating compensatory time subject to Department Head approval. Based on the last pay period, a majority of the hours paid is related to enforcing COVID protocols in court buildings.

Expected Impact:
Since some Harris County employees who are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic can only take minimal time off, this policy allows those employees, the option to be paid for all hours worked instead of accumulating compensatory time subject to Department Head approval. The financial impact of non-exempt employees is less than exempt employees since non-exempt employees would be paid for all hours worked after they reach their maximum compensatory time balance of 240 hours according to Harris County Personnel Policies and Procedures. The cost projection below represents one pay period.

Alternative Options:
There is a financial impact of paying employees for all hours worked instead of them earning compensatory time. Commissioners Court could take no action and reduce the financial impact: however, some employees would earn excessive compensatory time and non-exempt e...

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