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  • Arma updates employee manual, compensation policy

  • The Arma City Council updated its employee manual to more accurately reflect the city’s worker’s compensation policy during its Tuesday night meeting. The meeting was moved to Tuesday to account for the Labor Day holiday.

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  • The Arma City Council updated its employee manual to more accurately reflect the city’s worker’s compensation policy during its Tuesday night meeting. The meeting was moved to Tuesday to account for the Labor Day holiday.
    The council voted to change to employee manual to reflect that the city would pay worker’s compensation after seven days of absence. City Clerk Bette Lessen said the previous employee manual only stated that workers would receive full compensation, but that it did not specify when the city would begin making payments.
    City Manager Troy Graham said the policy is based on what he has seen in other municipalities.
    “We updated it to make it standard with other cities as far as what we do with injuries, time off and sick time,” Graham said. “If an employee gets injured, many cities wait for at least seven days. Our policy is the same. There hadn’t been anything before in the employee manual. There was no reference to how it would be handled.”
    The city has periodically been updating its worker’s compensation rule this year. In March, the council passed an addendum to the city’s worker’s compensation rules that allows the council discretionary power to approve compensation for workers who make medical appointments while on the clock.
    At its Feb. 20 meeting the council asked city attorney Rick Smith to draw up a resolution stating that a full-time worker would not be assessed sick time for medical visits if he or she were injured on the job. That discussion was brought about by an employee who was injured while at work but was not out for a week — required for worker’s compensation — and turned the time in to be counted against his sick leave. The city typically does not charge sick leave for such visits, but the worker did not know that.
    Also Monday, auditor Terry Sercer of Diehl, Banwart and Bolton, the city’s accountant, presented the odds of the yearly audit.
    “He said everything looks good and that there were no problems,” Graham said.
    Additionally, the council learned that owners of several structures in town that had been ordered to be repaired were slowly making progress, and that Arma police were searching for vandals who had broken the tube slide in Arma City Park.
    “It looks like it’s going to run about $1,400 for repairs,” Graham said. They don’t really have any clear-cut suspects, but they said it looks like some kids jumped on the top of the slide until it broke off. We’ve got a new slide ordered.
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