Anoka County employees are receiving a thank you gift from the Anoka County Board in the form of a lump sum payment.
The one-time check is in recognition of employees’ help in the county “successfully implementing major budget reductions in 2011 through employee-driven innovations and employees’ extra efforts during staffing reductions,” according to County Administrator Jerry Soma.
“As a ‘thank you’ to employees, the commissioners have expressed a desire to provide a special compensation check to those responsible for this achievement,” Soma said.
Under the county board action, recommended by its Management Committee, employees working 30 hours or more a week are receiving $300, while those working less than 30 hours a week are getting $150.
There will be 1,563 employees getting $300 and 214 employees receiving $150.
The lump sum payment was expected to be made today (Friday, April 6) and will not be applied to the base salary, Soma said.
The cost of the county board’s thank you is estimated at $500,000, the money coming from the fund balance reserves, he said.
According to Soma, criteria have been put in place to determine eligibility and dollar amount.
• Employed as of Feb. 14, 2011 and still on active status.
• Applies to both regular and temporary employees.
• Breaks in service since Feb. 14, 2011 disqualifies the employee from eligibility (for example, if an employee left as a 2011 voluntary separation program participant and was later rehired as a temporary).
• Gross wages in 2011 equal to or greater than $10,000.
Elected officials – the Anoka County Board, Anoka County Attorney and Anoka County Sheriff – will not be getting the one-time distribution, Soma said.
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