Great Bend Human Resources Director Randy Keasling took on a big undertaking this past year with making revisions to the employee handbook. The current handbook was approved by the Great Bend City Council in December 2015. Keasling says the revision touches almost every policy in some way.
“A lot of it was trying clean up policies so they were easy to understand and not cumbersome,” said Keasling. “It has been a big, big project.”
Legal Counsel from the Kansas League of Municipalities reviewed the draft and made recommendations and changes as well. The city’s drug testing policy applies to new hires, randomly for safety sensitive positions, and post-accident testing.
“Our policy on post-accident testing state if we perceive the damage will be cost at least $1,000, we require post-accident drug testing,” said Keasling.
– All police officers and fire personnel must reside within 30 minutes of their assigned department.
– All full-time employees, who have been employed by the city for longer than six months, are eligible for a pay increase according to the score on the employee’s annual evaluation.
– Employees with 0-4 years of service get up to 96 hours of vacation and those employees with 20-plus years of service are eligible for 168 hours of vacation.
– All full-time employees are required to join the city’s 401(a) plan after one full year of continuous service and must place 4.5 percent of their salary into the plan.
– Smoking, e-cigarettes or chewing tobacco is prohibited in any indoor workplace and in all city-owned vehicles.
The Great Bend City Council will review the revised policy and vote on its approval at a later meeting.