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Mike Kanin is the Publisher of the Austin Monitor. As such, he doesn't report on much--aside from the workings of the Monitor--any more. In his previous life as a freelance journalist, Kanin has written for the Washington City Paper, the Washington Post's Express, the Boston Herald, Boston's Weekly Dig, the Austin Chronicle, and the Texas Observer.
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Travis County HR seeks changes in personnel policies
Travis County’s Human Resources Management Department is seeking two changes to the County Code. The department wants to revise its Drug and Alcohol policy to encourage, instead of penalize, people seeking help for substance abuse through the HR department. The department also wants to revise County Code to add a Catastrophic Sick Leave Policy, which would allow eligible employees to donate and receive hours from a pool of donated hours for paid time off. Employees could get extra paid time off hours after they exhaust their sick leave balance in cases of catastrophic injury or illness. Commissioners discussed the proposed changes last week and the items will be back on the agenda Tuesday.
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