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City's hardship pay program questioned by councilwoman
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August 29, 2014 01:13 AM | 2356 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
During Wednesday's Atlanta City Council finance committee meeting at City Hall downtown, District 9 Councilwoman Felicia Moore called into question Mayor Kasim Reed’s approval of “hardship” pay since 2012 for nine employees, including more than $80,000 for Police Chief George Turner. Hard-ship pay is defined as payment for unused vacation, sick and compensation days, and Moore, who represents part of Buckhead, said the practice is “illegal,” adding vacation time should only be paid when an employee retires, resigns or is fired.

Reed said the hardship program could be unfair to employees who don’t know about it. He also said the hardship pay practice was used before he took office in 2009 by more than 100 employees, but in the improper way.

“An employee was allowed to [resign] or be terminated, collect their money, and within 10 days start their job again without going through a competitive process,” he said.

Moore said Human Resources Commissioner Yvonne Yancey and Chief Financial Officer Jim Beard, who granted the hardship pay to the employees, should be punished for doing so and the money returned.
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