Each full and part-time employee in the bargaining unit shall be entitled to a Staff Development / Wellness Benefit Allowance. Eligible employees may request reimbursement for allowable expenses, upon approval of the appointing authority, and as defined in the County’s Staff Development / Wellness Benefit Allowance Program Administrative Manual.
7.1.1 Staff Development/Wellness Benefit Allowance – Program
The annual Staff Development / Wellness Benefit Allowance amount will be provided to all full and part-time eligible employees as specified in the following table:
Effective September 13, 2016, total funds per fiscal year can be used for Staff Development and/or Wellness expenditures. Funds may not be carried over into the next fiscal year, except that any carryover from FY 15/16 may be used in FY 16/17. Use of funds are subject to approval and provisions of the County’s Staff Development Benefit Allowance Program, Administrative Manual and may be taxable pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code.
Effective September 13, 2016, benefit balances will be brought to $850 for full time and $425 for part-time, (plus carryover amounts from FY 15/16, minus amounts already spent between July 1, 2016 and September 12, 2016). Remaining funds may be used towards reimbursement for allowable Staff Development and Wellness Benefit. Reimbursement of expenses will be based on the MOU in effect on the purchase date.
7.1.2 Computer Hardware And Mobile Devices
The Staff Development / Wellness Benefit Allowance may be used towards reimbursement for the purchase of computer hardware and mobile devices as defined in the County’s Staff Development Benefit Allowance Program Administrative Manual. Monthly service charges for internet and mobile communication connections are not reimbursable under this Program. The use and approval of all computer hardware, and mobile devices is subject to review by the department head (or a senior manager designee) and is subject to the specific job requirements for each job classification in that department. All computer hardware, and mobile devices must be directly job related, must be used for County business a minimum of 50% of their use and requires department head (or senior manager designee) authorization in order to qualify for reimbursement. Department head authorization for the use of this benefit towards reimbursements for computer hardware and mobile devices must be outlined and approved in the employee’s annual Professional Development Plan or proposal and will be considered together with other staff development training and educational priorities required by the department head.
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