Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 073489
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File Number: 073489 File Type: Resolution Status: Before the Board
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Budget and Finance Committee
File Name: MANDATORY DIRECT DEPOSIT FOR NON-UNION EXEMPT EMPLOYEES Introduced: 11/27/2007
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: Agenda Item Number: 11A
Notes: NOTE TO CAO: item filed in comm'r file Title: RESOLUTION REQUIRING THAT NON-UNION, EXEMPT EMPLOYEES WITH CERTAIN EXEMPTIONS, PARTICIPATE IN DIRECT DEPOSIT PROGRAM AND DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR HIS DESIGNEE TO IMPLEMENT PROCEDURE THEREFOR; DIRECTING MAYOR OR HIS DESIGNEE TO INCLUDE MANDATORY PARTICIPATION IN THE DIRECT DEPOSIT PROGRAM FOR UNION EMPLOYEES AS A NEGOTIATING ISSUE WHEN COLLECTIVE BARGAINING CONTRACTS ARE NEGOTIATED OR RE-OPENED
Indexes: DIRECT DEPOSIT
Sponsors: Sally A. Heyman, Prime Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Budget and Finance Committee 1/28/2008 2D Withdrawn
REPORT: See Report Under Agenda Item 2D Substitute; Legislative File No.073793.

County Attorney 12/12/2007 Referred Budget and Finance Committee 1/15/2008

Budget and Finance Committee 12/11/2007 2J Deferred 1/15/2008 P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Jess McCarty read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. It was moved by Commissioner Sorenson that this proposed resolution be forwarded to the County Commission with a favorable recommendation. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Gimenez. Commissioner Sosa questioned the impact of this proposed resolution on young employees who did not have checking accounts and whether arrangements would be made for those individuals. She noted she opposed the government making a mandate on such a personal issue. Chairman Martinez spoke in opposition to this proposed resolution. He pointed out that this proposal could create two tiers of employees if the Unions were opposed. Responding to Commissioner Gimenez’s inquiry regarding the County accommodating an employee that requested to be paid in cash, Ms. Rachel Baum, Director, Finance Department, noted an employee could not be paid in cash. Commissioner Gimenez pointed out that the County was currently forcing employees to be paid by check; and that this proposed resolution was consistent with current practice and with technological changes. Discussion ensued concerning the veracity of the $300,000 annual cost indicated on handwritten page three (3). Commissioner Gimenez withdrew his second to Commissioner Sorenson’s motion to forward this proposed resolution with a favorable recommendation, followed by Commissioner Sorenson withdrawing her motion. It was moved by Commissioner Sosa that this proposed resolution be deferred to January 15, 2008. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Sorenson. Hearing no other questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote.

County Attorney 11/27/2007 Assigned Budget and Finance Committee 12/11/2007

County Attorney 11/27/2007 Assigned William X. Candela 12/4/2007

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION REQUIRING THAT NON-UNION, EXEMPT EMPLOYEES WITH CERTAIN EXEMPTIONS, PARTICIPATE IN DIRECT DEPOSIT PROGRAM AND DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR HIS DESIGNEE TO IMPLEMENT PROCEDURE THEREFOR; DIRECTING MAYOR OR HIS DESIGNEE TO INCLUDE MANDATORY PARTICIPATION IN THE DIRECT DEPOSIT PROGRAM FOR UNION EMPLOYEES AS A NEGOTIATING ISSUE WHEN COLLECTIVE BARGAINING CONTRACTS ARE NEGOTIATED OR RE-OPENED

BODY
WHEREAS, over 27,000 County employees deposit their bi-weekly paychecks through direct deposit; and
WHEREAS, over 3,000 County employees do not take advantage of direct deposit and instead receive paper checks; and
WHEREAS, printing and distributing paper checks costs Miami-Dade County more than $300,000 yearly; and
WHEREAS, the State of Florida mandates that all exempt non-bargaining unit State employees participate in the direct deposit program,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. Except as provided herein, all non-union exempt employees shall be required to participate in the direct deposit program. The Mayor or his designee shall implement procedures for the mandatory direct deposit enrollment of all non-union exempt employees. Such procedures shall provide for an exemption from the requirement that each non-union exempt employee participate in the direct deposit program where the employee can demonstrate that such participation would result in undue hardship.
Section 2. This Board directs the Mayor or his designee to include mandatory participation in the direct deposit program for union employees, to include a hardship exemption, as a negotiating issue when collective bargaining contracts are negotiated or re-opened.



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