November 18, 2005

(For Board: December 16, 2005)

REPORT OF THE RULES, POLICY AND INDUSTRIAL

RELATIONS COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

Honorable Board of Directors

Golden Gate Bridge, Highway

  and Transportation District

Honorable Members:

A meeting of the Rules, Policy and Industrial Relations Committee/Committee of the Whole was held in the Board Room, Administration Building, Toll Plaza, San Francisco, California, on Friday, November 18, 2005, at 9:50 a.m., Chair Pahre presiding.

Committee Members Present (7): Chair Pahre; Vice Chair Murray; Directors Hernández, Martini, McGoldrick and Newhouse Segal; President Middlebrook (Ex Officio)

Committee Members Absent (0): None

Other Directors Present (7): Directors Ammiano, Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Moylan, Reilly and Stroeh

Committee of the Whole Members Present (14): Directors Ammiano, Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Hernández, Martini, McGoldrick, Murray, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Reilly and Stroeh; First Vice President Moylan; President Middlebrook

Committee of the Whole Members Absent (5): Directors Brown, Kerns, Sandoval and Shahum; Second Vice President Boro

Staff Present: General Manager Celia G. Kupersmith; District Engineer Denis J. Mulligan; Auditor-Controller Joseph M. Wire; Secretary of the District Janet S. Tarantino; Attorneys David J. Miller and Jerrold Schaefer; Deputy General Manager/Bridge Division Kary H. Witt; Deputy General Manager/Bus Division Susan C. Chiaroni; Deputy General Manager/Ferry Division James P. Swindler; Human Resources Director Larry Daniel; Assistant Clerk of the Board Patsy Whala

Visitors Present:  None

1. Approve Revisions to Human Resources Policies and Amend the Human Resources Guide
     
 

In a memorandum to Committee, Deputy General Manager/Administration and Development Teri Mantony and General Manager Celia Kupersmith reported on staff’s recommendation to approve revised versions to the Human Resources Guide (Guide) relative to Employment of Family Members (Nepotism), Temporary Assignment, Employment Statuses, Layoff and the Identification Card policies. The proposed revisions to the Guide were originally approved by the Committee at its meeting of October 14, 2005, and were presented to the Board of Directors at its meeting of October 28, 2005, for final approval.  In light of the need for some further refinement of the policy language, this matter was re-referred to the Rules, Policy and Industrial Relations Committee for further discussion. 

The report reiterated information provided to the Committee at its meeting of October 14, 2005, as part of the agenda item entitled, Approve Revisions to Human Resources Policies and Amend the Human Resources Guide, which included a detailed narrative on each of the policies.  The report stated that most of the changes to the original report are editorial in nature or provide additional clarification, with one substantive change regarding the Employment of Family Members policy.  Staff proposes that employees be required to report a relationship only if they marry, become domestic partners or in the event one of the two individuals assumes supervisory responsibility over the other.  In the previous version, all relationships had to be reported.  This change is recommended to better balance the needs of the organization and the privacy expectations of the employees.  The revised policies, which include the changes made since the initial presentation in October, are provided as an attachment to this report.  A copy of the staff report is available in the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.

Staff recommended, and the Committee concurred by motion made and seconded by Directors MURRAY/HERNÁNDEZ to forward the following recommendation to the Board of Directors for its consideration:

RECOMMENDATION

The Rules, Policy and Industrial Relations Committee recommends that the Board of Directors approve revisions to the following human resources policies, as outlined in Attachment A, and amend the Human Resources Guide accordingly:

a.           Employment of Family Members (Nepotism);

b.           Temporary Assignment;

c.           Employment Statuses;

d.           Layoff; and,

e.           Identification Card.

Action by the Board - Resolution

NON-CONSENT CALENDAR

     
 

AYES (13): Directors Cochran, Dufty, Eddie, Hernández, Martini, McGoldrick, Murray, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Reilly and Stroeh; First Vice President Moylan; President Middlebrook

NOES (0): None

     
 

[Note:  The above recommendation was forwarded to the Board of Directors meeting of November 18, 2005, for action.]

     
2. Public Comment
     
  There was no public comment.
     
3. Adjournment
     
  All business having been concluded, the meeting was declared adjourned at 9:54 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara L. Pahre, Chair

Rules, Policy and Industrial Relations Committee

 

Attachment:   Revised Policies from the Human Resources Guide