(BEDFORD) – The Bedford City Council amended the Salary Ordinance for City employees in regards to their benefits and work schedules.
The amended ordinance allows for the following:
- All city employees will be allowed 9 days of accrued unused vacation time following into the next year of service. This must be used within four months following the end of the calendar year, or anniversary date.
- All city employees shall be entitled to a paid day off during the month of their birthday. They must take it during the calendar month of their birthday.
- The Mayor shall have the full authority to authorize a ten-hour workday for any city department so long as city services and functions can be performed satisfactorily.
- All city employees shall be entitled to six consecutive paid days off for bereavement following the death of a parent, step-parent, spouse, parent of a spouse, child, step-child, grandchild, or foster child. And three consecutive paid days off for sibling, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, sister-in-law, or brother-in-law. For employees working 24-hour shifts, said employees shall be entitled to two consecutive days of bereavement following the death of a grandparent, parent, step-parent, spouse, parent of a spouse, child, step-child, grandchild, step-grandchild, or foster child. And one paid day off for bereavement following the death of a sibling, step-sibling, sister-in-law, or brother-in-law. A current city employee can receive up to four hours paid time off to attend a funeral of a current or former city employee if approved in advance by the employee’s department head.
- Upon termination of their employment with the City, so long as the employee is in good standing, an employee shall be entitled to be paid fifty percent of their accumulated sick leave at the straight time based on their hourly rate earned at the time of termination.
The money was already allocated in the 2020 budget to address any additional costs in the budget for the City of Bedford employees taking advantage of the new ordinance.
In other business, the council approved the conflict of interest for Lester Tipton.