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Antrim tweaks personnel policy

March 25, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Antrim Township Board of Supervisors further solidified Tuesday its policy for paying severance to terminated, retired or resigned employees by adding it to the township personnel policy.

The board, which terminated six upper-level employees in August 2008, said earlier this month that there was not a solid policy in place for paying employees their unused vacation, sick and personal time.

Newly appointed Township Administrator Brad Graham spearheaded the effort to put the policy in writing.

Graham said the township has historically paid unused vacation, sick and personal time to employees at their ending hourly rate.

"All this will do is put in writing what is already being carried out," he said.

Graham said during discussion that the policy established that employees giving proper notification of desire to terminate employment, or those terminated by the township, will be paid for all unused vacation, sick and personal time at their ending hourly rate. Those who do not give proper notification will forfeit their severance.

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Supervisor Fred Young III suggested in early March that Antrim follow the lead of private industry and only pay employees for unused vacation, but Graham said the township is subject to federal personnel standards.

The added policy also states that unused time cannot be carried over from year to year.

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