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Commissioners hold special meeting on labor laws

By Staff | Feb 14, 2014

The Pierce County Board of Commissioners met in special session on Feb. 7 to discuss labor laws and overtime hours. District 1 Commissioner Joe Bohl previously asked Karin Fursather, county auditor-treasurer, to check on labor laws in reference to employees working for two county departments.

Heart of America Community Service Program coordinator Yvonne Hagen had been exceeding 40 hours between that position and another as dispatcher. The board expressed confidence in Hagen’s work in both jobs, but Fursather informed the board that exempt status in one position doesn’t carry over to another non-head of department position.

The board informed Hagen that she would need to choose between the two positions unless another county or city – utilizing the community service program – assumes position of employer. Hagen was asked to make a decision within two weeks.

The board also met with Social Service director Mary Hermanson and she informed the commissioners of a new hire.

Hagen makes

presentation to

advisory board

Later in the afternoon, members of the Heart of America Community Service Program advisory board met in regular session.

Members of the Pierce County Board of Commissioners were joined by the sheriffs of Bottineau and McHenry counties and board members

Hagen, who took control of the program late last year, informed the advisory board that she believes her position requires full-time status. The members made a quorum to approve that request and will vote on it at their respective county board meetings in March.

Hagen’s presentation included updates on how each entity involved in the program was utilizing the program. The court-ordered hours of service are valued at $8 per hour. Hagen reported that in the fourth quarter of 2013 the City of Rugby benefited from $200 worth of service work. Community service in McHenry County was valued at $1,400; Pierce County at $1,400; Bottineau County at $800; and juvenile services throughout the participating counties at $1,000.

Six organizations utilized the program in McHenry and Bottineau counties and 10 organizations combined in Pierce County and Rugby.

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