Commission approves policy changes

Published 5:51 pm Wednesday, November 26, 2008

By By Lisa Tindell – news editor
Escambia County Commissioners approved two employee-related police changes to keep problems and expenses at a minimum for the entire county
Commission Chairman David Stokes first addressed a policy change concerning dental enrollment for employees.
Stokes said dental coverage is based on continued participation by employees.
Stokes said a policy requiring employees to stay in the program for a minimum of 12 months would eliminate confusion and expenses to the program.
Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the policy change as follows: Escambia County Commission offers voluntary dental insurance to all full-time county employees. This policy is a self-insured contract administered by Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Alabama. As of Dec. 1, 2008, any employee electing to participate in the Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Alabama dental insurance plan must remain enrolled for a period of not less than 12 calendar months. In the event that an employee elects to end participation in the dental insurance plan, that employee will not be allowed to re-enroll for 12 calendar months. An exception to this policy may be allowed in the event of a change in family status due to a marriage, divorce, birth, adoption, death, termination of employment or reduction of hours of employment.
A second policy change involved use of computers by employees at county offices.
The policy states use of the computers is restricted to county use only and is not to be used for personal information, for personal financial gain or to treat any computer system or part thereof, as his or her personal property. The policy also states no employee shall download any program or information other than those specifically associated with their job as an employee of the county.
In other business, the commission:

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