Tag Archives: Austin Human Resources Department

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Human Rights Commission calls for $1.75M for more mental health emergency responders

The Human Rights Commission has joined the city’s Public Safety Commission in recommending that City Council commit funds in the next budget to add staff for first responders dealing with individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.The rights commission unanimously approved…

Monday, August 19, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Audit update shows progress on city HR complaints, with more work needed

The city’s Human Resources Department has made some progress on achieving the recommendations outlined in a 2017 report that found the city was taking too long to investigate complaints brought by city employees. The report, from Matrix Consulting Group, also…

Friday, March 29, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Ethics commission loses some duties

Austin’s Ethics Review Commission will no longer be looking at allegations of ethics violations related to most city employees. On Thursday, City Council approved changes to the ordinance governing the commission’s authority after ensuring that reports about such allegations would…

Thursday, February 14, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Ethics Review Commission dismisses case against Human Resources director

The city of Austin professes to have a “mother-friendly” work environment that supports new moms and working parents. However, a complaint filed in December by the Office of the City Auditor brings that policy into question.The complaint filed by Brian…

Monday, February 11, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Updated: Human Resources director faces ethics complaint

Joya Hayes, director of the city’s Human Resources Department, misused city resources and abused her position by directing staffers to care for her child while Hayes attended meetings, according to a complaint filed by the Office of the City Auditor.The…

Friday, February 1, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Firefighter off for one day for ‘disrespect’

After finding that a male firefighter under his command spoke in a disrespectful manner to a female firefighter, Austin Fire Chief Joel Baker suspended the firefighter for just one day, to the dismay of the female firefighter. Baker did not…

Friday, April 20, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin Energy troubled by hiring concerns

City jobs are notorious for having a prolonged hiring process. However, at Austin Energy, the process has become excruciatingly long, even by its own standards, and it’s starting to have repercussions.At the April 16 Electric Utility Commission meeting, Mark Dombroski, who…

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Without final rules in place, Austin closes two fair chance hiring complaints

When Lewis Conway Jr. was released from prison in 2000 after serving time for manslaughter, the state required him to wear an electronic monitoring device. But nothing fit his ankles.“So they put the electronic monitor on my wrist,” said Conway,…

Friday, April 6, 2018 by Jack Craver

Public Safety Commission: Who polices the police?

Last month, members of the Public Safety Commission voiced concerns about the lack of consistent rules or guidelines on investigating senior members of the police, fire and emergency medical services departments for harassment or discrimination.On Monday, a representative of the…

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Audit raises questions about on-call pay

Although Austin has a citywide procedure governing on-call and call-back pay, the Office of the City Auditor has found that the procedure is not consistently applied, and the city’s Human Resources Department has apparently not evaluated call-back pay since 2012.…

Friday, January 19, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Audit: City employees violated lottery rules

An assistant director of the city’s Human Resources Department helped to conduct a raffle last summer at an event sponsored by a large non-city organization. City employees participated in that raffle in violation of city HR policies, according to a…

Friday, April 14, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Ethics commission sets final hearing for former music department staffer

Austin’s Ethics Review Commission will hold a final hearing next month to determine whether a former music office employee attempted to inappropriately pay herself out of city coffers.The complaint against Ashley Buchanan, who worked as an employee in the Music…

Thursday, March 30, 2017 by Jo Clifton

City still dealing with retaliation, harassment

The appearance of two witnesses – one employee and one former employee of the city of Austin – at Wednesday’s City Council Audit and Finance Committee added a sense of urgency to the findings of an outside auditor’s report on…

Thursday, December 1, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Union protests some new HR rules

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has expressed concern about language in proposed amendments to the city’s policy regarding discrimination, harassment, retaliation and employee conduct. The rules opposed by the union, which represents city employees, include language…

Monday, October 10, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Report details more accusations at Neighborhood Housing and Community Development

A report on 15 separate allegations involving current and former management-level employees of the city’s Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department shows that Betsy Spencer, the department’s former director, made numerous decisions in an apparent attempt to shield one employee,…

Friday, July 29, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Sexual harassment and retaliation claims haunt Austin’s housing department

By Jo Clifton, Cate Malek and Elizabeth PaganoCity of Austin documents show that employees in the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department have made numerous complaints involving inappropriate behavior, a hostile work environment, sexual harassment and retaliation over the past…

Thursday, May 14, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Expanded health insurance may cost too much

A memorandum prepared by City of Austin staff reveals that a potential plan to expand health insurance coverage to temporary and contract employees could cost close to $13 million.Human Resources and Civil Service Director Mark Washington sent the memo to…

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