|All city employees are covered by an Alaska Municipal League Joint Insurance Association (AMLJIA) workers' compensation insurance policy. That policy is effective from July 1, 2011 until July 1, 2012 and covers work-related accidents and occupational diseases up to the Alaska statutory limits for each occurrence. Proof of coverage and Equal Opportunity information are posted in all areas of employment, including the city hall, the post office, the city shop, and the water treatment plant. RUBA staff verified that the city is current in its payments to AMLJIA and that adequate funds have been allocated in the city budget for payments over the remainder of the fiscal year.
On April 12, 2011, the city adopted the 'City of Kasaan Employee Handbook.' This handbook was compiled with the assistance of AMLJIA staff and covers a broad range of topics, such as nature of employment, employee conduct, immigration law compliance, conflicts of interest, hiring practices, personnel files, job descriptions, benefits, leave, pay, travel, training, work conditions, and discipline. The handbook must be read, acknowledged, and signed by all city employees. Hiring practices and the employment of city council members are further detailed in Kasaan's municipal code.
In accordance with these established policies, the city conducts employee evaluations at the end of a 90-day probationary period for new employees and then annually for established employees. Evaluations are documented on standardized employee evaluation forms which adjudicate job knowledge, quality of work, work output, attitudes and relationships, initiative and reliability, leadership, accomplishment of goals, and a list of future goals of employment. Each section is rated as either 'Outstanding,' 'Satisfactory,' or 'Not meeting job expectations.' RUBA staff verified that evaluations, Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9s, W-4s, work release authorizations, and all other necessary documentation are included in confidential personnel files. These files are kept in a secure filing cabinet with limited access in the mayor's office.
The city continues to budget for and provide training opportunities to utility staff as needed and available. The mayor, two council members, and the city clerk recently attended a 32-hour RUBA Elected Officials course that was held in Klawock from March 7-11, 2011. The mayor, city clerk, and bookkeeper all completed the 32-hour RUBA Financial Management for Rural Utilities training course in Ketchikan August 15-19. The city clerk also attended the 24-hour Introduction to QuickBooks course in Juneau April 11-15 and a notary public training in Craig on September 30. |