Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 091532
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File Number: 091532 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-773-09 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: ALLOWING CONTRIBUTION OF ANNUAL & HOLIDAY LEAVE TIME Introduced: 5/18/2009
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 6/2/2009
Agenda Date: 6/2/2009 Agenda Item Number: 11A47
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR OR DESIGNEE TO ALLOW COUNTY EMPLOYEES TO CONTRIBUTE THE VALUE OF ACCRUED ANNUAL AND HOLIDAY LEAVE TIME TO AMERICAN FRATERNITY, INC., AN ORGANIZATION THAT ASSISTS CHILDREN WHO ARE U.S. CITIZENS LEFT ORPHANS WHEN THEIR PARENTS ARE DEPORTED; SETTING THE CAP OF SUCH CONTRIBUTIONS AT $250,000; AUTHORIZING MAYOR OR DESIGNEE TO MAKE THE CONTRIBUTION ON BEHALF OF THE EMPLOYEES OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY; DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR DESIGNEE TO WORK WITH THE UNITED WAY TO CREATE A MEANS OF ALLOWING COUNTY EMPLOYEES TO SPONSOR INDIVIDUAL CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN LEFT ORPHANS BY U.S. IMMIGRATION POLICIES WHEN THEIR PARENTS ARE DEPORTED BY MAKING PAYROLL DEDUCTION CONTRIBUTIONS TO AMERICAN FRATERNITY, INC.
Indexes: DONATION
  ORPHANS
Sponsors: Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Prime Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, Co-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

Board of County Commissioners 6/2/2009 11A47 Adopted P
REPORT: Commissioner Sorenson asked that she be listed as a co-sponsor. She noted that she had proposed that the Human Resources Department establish an automatic payroll deduction for County employees to the Parks and Recreation Department for children’s programming, and that the Human Resources Department opposed her proposal by explaining that the department wanted to scale back on payroll deductions. She questioned whether Human Resources had changed its practice to scale back on payroll deductions. County Manager Burgess pointed out that this proposed resolution was an issue of County employees contributing the value of accrued annual and holiday leave time, and that the issue raised by Commissioner Sorenson was an issue of payroll deductions. He noted the County had recently limited the number of payroll deductions. He explained that the County was cautious about both forms of employee contributions and kept them to a minimum. Commissioner Sorenson noted this proposed resolution and her proposal for the Parks and Recreation Department would both require data entry. She questioned the difference between the two proposals. County Manager Burgess noted the Inspector General evaluated the payroll deduction issue and he expressed concerns regarding the number of payroll deductions the County had in place. He clarified that the County wanted Union dues and United Way contributions to be the only payroll deductions. He stressed that accrued annual leave donations were different than payroll deductions, and that accrued annual leave was capped because the County was the entity that paid for the contributions in the end. Commissioner Sorenson noted she would attempt her proposal for donations to the Parks and Recreation Department for children’s programming via accrued annual leave as opposed to payroll deductions. Commissioner Martinez noted he had negative experiences with the United Way in the past, and he questioned whether another entity could be used. Commissioner Diaz explained that his intent was to address a community need in the easiest way possible, and that he was apprised by the County Administration that the United Way had a system established that would facilitate this contribution. In response to Commissioner Barreiro’s inquiry regarding the value of the accrued annual leave time that County employees would donate, Ms. Angela Maher, Director, Human Resources Department, noted the value of the accrued annual leave time would be at the employee’s current pay rate. She clarified that the County usually only allowed donation of leave time for a single, catastrophic event. County Manager Burgess responded to Commissioner Barreiro’s concerns regarding the funding source for sick and annual leave payouts when a County employee retires and the payment of sick and annual leave payouts at the employee’s final pay rate as opposed to the pay rate at which the leave time was accrued. Responding to Commissioner Diaz’s inquiry regarding the United Way using a part of this proposed contribution for administrative costs, County Manager Burgess noted the County could establish this proposed contribution as a group that 100% of the contribution passed through to American Fraternity, Inc. Hearing no other questions or comments, the Commission proceeded to vote.

Board of County Commissioners 5/19/2009 14A10 4 Day Rule Invoked

County Manager 5/18/2009 Additions 5/19/2009

County Attorney 5/18/2009 Referred Housing & Community Development Committee

County Attorney 5/18/2009 Assigned Jess M. McCarty 5/18/2009

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR OR DESIGNEE TO ALLOW COUNTY EMPLOYEES TO CONTRIBUTE THE VALUE OF ACCRUED ANNUAL AND HOLIDAY LEAVE TIME TO AMERICAN FRATERNITY, INC., AN ORGANIZATION THAT ASSISTS CHILDREN WHO ARE U.S. CITIZENS LEFT ORPHANS WHEN THEIR PARENTS ARE DEPORTED; SETTING THE CAP OF SUCH CONTRIBUTIONS AT $250,000; AUTHORIZING MAYOR OR DESIGNEE TO MAKE THE CONTRIBUTION ON BEHALF OF THE EMPLOYEES OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY; DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR DESIGNEE TO WORK WITH THE UNITED WAY TO CREATE A MEANS OF ALLOWING COUNTY EMPLOYEES TO SPONSOR INDIVIDUAL CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN LEFT ORPHANS BY U.S. IMMIGRATION POLICIES WHEN THEIR PARENTS ARE DEPORTED BY MAKING PAYROLL DEDUCTION CONTRIBUTIONS TO AMERICAN FRATERNITY, INC.

BODY
WHEREAS, at the May 5, 2009 meeting of this Board, Nora Sandigo provided a citizen presentation regarding the plight of children who are left orphans by U.S. immigration policies when their parents are deported; and
WHEREAS, these children, some of whom appeared before the Board and testified on May 5, are U.S. citizens, yet when their parents are deported, these children’s lives are thrown into disarray; and
WHEREAS, this situation leads not only to instability in children’s lives, but to substantial financial, emotional and psychological problems for hundreds of children in our community who are U.S. citizens but who become orphans when their parents are deported; and
WHEREAS, some minor children end up living with extended family members, while others who have no family members here and end up with few places to turn for food and shelter; and
WHEREAS, one child testified about losing everything and having to live in a two room home with nine people making it hard to concentrate in school and sleep at night, while another testified that with her mother and baby brother, she had to live in a home with no electricity after her father was deported; and
WHEREAS, one of the fundamentals underlying U.S. law is that the interests of a child are rightly put above all other interests, yet the interests of a child who is a U.S. citizen and whose parents are deported is not receiving sufficient recognition under current immigration policies; and
WHEREAS, these are children who were born here in the U.S. and have done nothing wrong, yet their lives are turned upside down when their parents are deported; and
WHEREAS, Nora Sandigo is founder and executive director of American Fraternity, Inc., an organization based in Sweetwater that provides social services to immigrant families; and
WHEREAS, Sandigo herself serves as legal guardian to over 400 children in our community who have become orphans after their parents were deported; and
WHEREAS, American Fraternity, Inc. is in dire need of funding, food and donations to assist these children; and
WHEREAS, generous County employees have expressed a desire to contribute their earned holiday and annual leave to the plight of these children; and
WHEREAS, this Board wishes to permit such contributions; and
WHEREAS, this Board finds a reasonable limit on such contributions to be $250,000; and
WHEREAS, County employees currently have the option of making payroll deductions to United Way, and employees have the option of specifying where there contributions are to be directed; and
WHEREAS, American Fraternity, Inc. makes a compelling case for employee contributions to children who are U.S. citizens left orphans when their parents are deported and who are in great need of food, health care, housing and social services; and
WHEREAS, a program should be created through United Way that allows County employees to sponsor individual children who have been left orphans by U.S. immigration policies when their parents are deported by making payroll deduction contributions,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. This Board hereby authorizes the Mayor or Designee to allow County employees to contribute the value of their accrued annual and holiday leave to American Fraternity, Inc., an organization that assists children who are U.S. citizens left orphans when their parents are deported, in accordance with the limits set forth herein.
Section 2. The Mayor or Designee shall make available forms for employees to complete in order to authorize time contributions to American Fraternity, Inc. The authorization forms to be distributed by the Mayor or Designee should include: (a) a detailed explanation of American Fraternity, Inc. and its mission; (b) a statement that the Board of County Commissioners has approved contributions of leave time to the American Fraternity, Inc.; and (c) an explanation of the limits on such contributions.
Section 3. This Board limits the monetary amount of leave time to be redirected to American Fraternity, Inc to $250,000. Contributions shall be accepted on a first-come, firstaccepted basis until the maximum sum of $250,000 is reached.
Section 4. This Board directs the Mayor or designee to arrange for the allocation of funds from the various departments whose employees contributed to American Fraternity, Inc., and authorizes the Mayor or designee to make the donation of funds, up to the $250,000 cap, to American Fraternity, Inc. in the name of the employees of Miami-Dade County. The Mayor or designee is to give at least five (5) days notice to this Board of his intention to present the funds to American Fraternity, Inc., so that all interested members of this Board may attend the presentation.
Section 5. This Board directs the Mayor or Designee to work with the United Way to create a means of allowing County employees to sponsor individual children who have been left orphans by U.S. immigration policies when their parents are deported by making payroll deduction contributions. The Mayor or Designee shall work with United Way to inform Miami-Dade County employees of the plight and needs of these children and allow an option to designate United Way contributions for such children as soon as possible and before the next annual United Way contribution cycle. The Mayor or Designee shall report to this Board within 30 days of the effective date of this Resolution on this matter.



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