hazard pay

Ionia County commissioners approve employee COVID-19 hazard payouts

A plan to provide COVID-19 hazard pay to Ionia County employees using American Rescue Fund Act monies was approved Tuesday evening in a 4-1 vote by commissioners.

The plan has been more than four months in the making.

Ionia County department heads propose a solution to COVID hazard pay quandary

Eleven Ionia County departments have signed on to a letter recommending their employees all receive the same amount of COVID hazard pay.

The letter, dated Dec. 30, 2021, and addressed to Commissioner Georgia Sharp, chairwoman of the COVID Hazard Pay Committee, was signed by Circuit Court, Probate Court, Juvenile Court, Friend of the Court, Treasurer’s Office, Clerk’s Office, Register of Deeds Office, Drain Commissioner’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Administration Department, and Finance Department. It did not list names, only departments.

Ionia County COVID Hazard Pay Committee interviews department heads

An ad hoc COVID Hazard Pay Committee met Tuesday afternoon to continue to wrestle with how to determine hazard pay for Ionia County employees.

Up to 54 people logged into the meeting, which was held both in person and via Zoom. Another eight individuals were present in the commissioner boardroom.

PUBLIC FORUM: Give hazard pay debate a rest in Ionia County

Employees of Ionia County District Court who trashed the importance of other departments while addressing the Ionia County Board of Commissioners about COVID hazard pay proposals ought to give it a rest.

Ionia County committee talks COVID hazard pay

An ad hoc committee appointed by the Ionia County Board of Commissioners to make a recommendation on how to determine COVID hazard pay for county employees met Friday morning and has a plan.

The COVID Hazard Pay Committee, composed of Commissioners Georgia Sharp, who was elected chairwoman, Larry Tiejema and Karen Banks didn’t anticipate meeting until after the first of the year.

Ionia County hazard pay plan sparks disagreement

The Ionia County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to table a decision about a proposal to distribute nearly $745,000 in COVID hazard pay to some county employees.

The funds would come from the county’s $12.6 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money, which allows payment of an hourly premium or a bonus to essential workers who performed their jobs on-site “and were not necessarily adequately compensated for the risks they took and the exposure that they experienced” from COVID, according to Ionia County Finance Director Linda Pigue.