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File #: 21-1130    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Approval Status: Consent Agenda
File created: 10/4/2021 In control: Cultural Services Agency
On agenda: 10/19/2021 Final action:
Title: Authorization for the Mendocino County Library Branches to Close on Tuesdays when County Holidays Fall on Mondays to Allow Library Staff to Observe Holidays and to Save the Department up to $50,000 Annually
Sponsors: Cultural Services Agency
Attachments: 1. SEIU MOU EXCERPT, 2. Letter from Director
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TO: Board of Supervisors
FROM: Cultural Services Agency
MEETING DATE: October 19, 2021


DEPARTMENT CONTACT:
Deborah Fader Samson
PHONE:
234-2872
DEPARTMENT CONTACT:
Barb Chapman
PHONE:
367-8216


ITEM TYPE: Consent Agenda

TIME ALLOCATED FOR ITEM: N/A


AGENDA TITLE:
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Authorization for the Mendocino County Library Branches to Close on Tuesdays when County Holidays Fall on Mondays to Allow Library Staff to Observe Holidays and to Save the Department up to $50,000 Annually
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RECOMMENDED ACTION/MOTION:
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Authorize the Mendocino County Library branches to close on Tuesdays when County holidays fall on Mondays to allow Library staff to observe holidays and to save the department up to $50,000 annually.
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PREVIOUS BOARD/BOARD COMMITTEE ACTIONS:
None.

SUMMARY OF REQUEST:
Out of eleven holidays that Mendocino County employees observe each year, at least five fall on Mondays. In 2021 there are six Monday holidays for Mendocino County staff, however the holidays off don't include most of the Library staff, since most are off when the Libraries are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Maintaining the same number of open hours on a holiday week poses staffing challenges.

Many staff work their normal shift during the holiday week and are not able to observe the holiday, but earn overtime or compensatory time off to be taken at a later date. For the limited number of employees who can observe a holiday on another day of the week, the branch must cover by bringing in extra-help. Not being able to observe many of the holidays may also bring about stress issues contributing to the use of sick-leave, additional extra-help hours, and it may possibly contribute to staffing turnover. Annual overtime and CTO due to holiday coverage may cause additional expenses of approximately $20,000 per year, and additional payroll expenses due to extra-help are estimated to cost an additional $10,000, with potentially more sick leave being used and ...

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