News and Tribune

July 10, 2013

Floyd council votes to table HR position

Delay in health care reform mandate eliminates need

By CHRIS MORRIS
chris.morris@newsandtribune.com

NEW ALBANY —

The Floyd County Council has decided to table the idea of hiring a human resources manager to help deal with health care issues with the delay in implementing part of the Affordable Care Act.

Since last week’s announcement by the federal government to delay certain ACA requirements on employers until Jan. 1, 2015, the council unanimously decided an HR manager was not necessary.

“Since the ACA was delayed a year, do we need an HR position? I think it’s a valid question,” said Floyd County Council President John Schellenberger.

A committee made up of various elected officials met three times to discuss the need for an HR manager and to form a job description. The manager would be paid between $35,000 and $40,000 a year and answer to the Floyd County auditor.

Last week, Schellenberger took the request to the Floyd County Commissioners who voted to table the idea until the council came back with a plan on how to finance the new position. That won’t be necessary — at least for now.

The council held preliminary budget hearings with various office holders Tuesday and several members said it would be unfair to create a new position when other county employees will likely see no raises in 2014.

“We say no raises but then we go out and hire an HR person. Where do we get the resources?” Councilman Steve Burks asked. 

Councilman Jim Wathen suggested outside help from an insurance carrier to help answer ACA questions might be the route to take.

“I think there is real concern with the ACA,” he said. “We have done what we needed to do, cut part-time people back to 28 hours. I think we should consider slowing down and see where we can find some resources.”

Schellenberger said the “hard work” is finished in researching the position. He said if the council decides to act at a later date, the job description will still be valid.

Councilman Brad Striegel said it would be “advantageous” for someone in the auditor’s office to be the point person for HR questions. Auditor Scott Clark said he is that person.

“I will always be the point person,” he said.

 

SALARY INCREASES

The council approved two salary increases due to job description changes. The Floyd County Commissioners’ secretary’s salary will increase by $237 a year while the director of county operation’s administrative assistant will see a $1,228 annual increase.