Columbus Council tightens rules on employee benefits

The Columbus City Council voted on Wednesday, Aug. 22 to increase the number of weekly hours that an employee must work to accrue vacation and sick time. Council members considered the vote on a recommendation from personnel committee members. The employee handbook will be amended to state that the city requires employees to work 30 hours minimum, up from 14 hours, for vacation and sick time. That is also the city’s minimum bar for health care benefits. “It should match,” said Mayor Dave Povolny in the discussing the change during last week’s regular meeting. — Paul Rignell, Columbus Reporter