City adopts new pay-raise policy for non-union employees
MONROE - Twenty-two employees at City Hall will be eligible for a new way to get a raise, effective at last month’s unanimous decision by the City Council to approve the new interim pay increase structure.
The new policy will only affect non-union employees, of which there are 22 and include management positions. The raises, which have a ceiling of 10 percent of the employee’s current salary, will be based on performance reviews that will have a one to five rating scale.
The old structure was similar to the one used for union employees. The city wants to get away from that, human resources manager Ben Warthan said at last month’s meeting.
Whoever the employee reports to will conduct the performance review, Warthan said.
A rating of one or two would not be eligible for a pay raise, while a rating of three, four or five would be eligible.
A rating of three means the “employee understands the job and executes it at a solid level,” Warthan said. Most employees will probably fall in the three rating, Warthan said.
Categories four and five indicate the employee has gone above and beyond what is expected or that the employee has mastered the work and is considered an expert. These ratings will receive the highest raise possible.
This structure will create a more effective way to analyze performance and give staff raises that have been a long time coming, city administrator Gene Brazel said.
“Raises are no longer tied to attendance and are no longer the same for everyone,” Warthan said.
As per the new policy, staff will first decide how much to allot for pay raises across the board. Then, based on the amount allotted, they will determine how much to give each employee based on their rating.
“We’re not going to turn into California where people are going to be receiving $400,000 to $600,000 as their salary,” Warthan said.
Warthan is referring to Bell, Calif., where city officials and council members gave themselves outrageous pay raises of $787,000 for the chief administrative officer and $100,000 for each part-time council member.
Bell is home to 38,000 residents in one of the poorest cities in Los Angeles County.
“Our non-reps have really taken the brunt of the economic downturn,” Councilman Kurt Goering said.
This interim policy sunsets early next year. The city will transition to the new policy Jan. 7, 2014.
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