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Emmet approves Workers Comp

By Staff | Aug 26, 2009

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a new Workers Compensation policy.

The policy allows all county employees to supplement Workers Compensation benefits with any available accumulated sick leave, vacation time or compensatory time, in that order.

Employees may also be compensated for work hours remaining on the day of injury with sick leave, vacation time or comp time. If all three options are exhausted, the employee shall take time off without pay.

If the employee is off the job for over 14 days, the county’s Worker’s Compensation insurance will compensate the employee for the first three days and the county will credit back to the employee any sick leave, vacation or comp time the employee took for the first three days of injury.

In other business Tuesday, the board approved Emmet County Public Health Director Kathy Preston’s request to replace a nurse-aide who is leaving.

Preston also told the board the flu vaccine will be available mid-October. She said 45 million doses will be available nationwide. The targeted group will include children, pregnant women and health-care workers. The state is providing the vaccine to counties at no charge.

The board approved Mike Sjoblom, Jr., as trustee for Iowa Lake Township.

Also approved was a permit for Iowa Lakes Regional Water to construct utilities on the county right-of-way at 2230 340th Ave. in Twelve Mile Lake Township.

Clarence Hoffman of Count Risk Management Services, Inc. appeared before the board regarding insurance coverage. Hoffman said the program currently covers 68 out of 99 counties in Iowa.

The county has one year left with its current insurance agreement. Hoffman said he could send a loss control person to determine if the plan could save the county money.