NEW ALBANY —
“We don’t really need an HR position. We have been able to do the job in the auditor’s office for many, many years without one,” he said. “I know the office may get more work to do, but we have been able to handle it in the past. [County Auditor Scott] Clark has stated that we may run in the red in order to make payroll. I don’t see how we can hire a new position. I would rather see some of the part-time people get insurance. This is the job of the auditor’s office.”
Commissioners’ President Steve Bush said Freiberger had some valid points, but also said the ACA will create a huge amount of documentation and extra work.
Seabrook agreed, saying, “No other auditor has had to deal with the ACA in the past.”
However, Freiberger said this is not the time to add to the payroll.
“Now because the auditor’s office can’t get the job done, we should add a new position? If we are in the red it’s not the time ... we don’t have the money.”
Clark said if a person is not hired, the county would likely have to contract outside sources to help his office interpret the ACA so the employee handbook could remain current.
“I am either way [on hiring new position],” he said. “We can continue to manage HR functions.”
COMMISSIONERS PASS ACA COMPLIANCE RESOLUTION
Since the ACA mandates employees who work 30 hours per week be provided health insurance, the commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday that states part-time employees shall work no more than 28 hours per week, effective immediately. Employees who average 130 hours of service during a calendar month would equal 30 hours a week.