SD Lawmakers Urge State Policy On Employee Bonuses
December 7, 2011, 11:19 AM
PIERRE, SD -
South Dakota lawmakers say state government should develop a general policy to control how bonuses are given to state workers who do outstanding work.
Members of the Government Operations and Audit Committee on Wednesday said such a policy would avoid the problems that arose when the state Health Department gave $500 bonuses to 155 employees
who worked to fight the swine flu threat.
A state audit found that the bonuses paid from a federal grant were not allowable under federal rules because the Health Department did not have a plan in place to apply bonuses consistently for all programs.
State Personnel Commissioner Sandy Zinter says she will consider the lawmakers' suggestions, but such bonuses are rare. She says agencies should consider including possible bonus payments in applications for federal grants.
© 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. Material may not be redistributed.
7/30/2015 5:05 PM
For the third day in a row, a line forms at Josiah's Coffeehouse Thursday.
7/29/2015 2:09 PM
Proponents of a measure to decriminalize pot in South Dakota are officially kicking off their campaign in Sioux Falls.
7/29/2015 8:25 PM
Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he needs to review proposed ballot measures that would decriminalize marijuana possession and legalize medicinal cannabis, b...
7/26/2015 10:00 PM
Now the Republican is trying to use an education bill being discussed in Washington to try and stop a problem happening here in South Dakota.
7/30/2015 6:05 PM
This record-breaking budget proposed by Mayor Mike Huether for 2016 is $64 million higher than the 2015 budget, but Mayor Huether says the amount is e...