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Morrow makes ‘minor changes’ to personnel rules

Photo by Curt Yeomans
The Morrow City Council approved three changes to the city’s personnel rules and regulations on Tuesday. One of the changes would allow employees to sleep on the job — if they get permission from their supervisor.

Photo by Curt Yeomans The Morrow City Council approved three changes to the city’s personnel rules and regulations on Tuesday. One of the changes would allow employees to sleep on the job — if they get permission from their supervisor.

Morrow firefighters can now sleep on the job –– without running the risk of getting into trouble with city officials.

The city council unanimously approved changes to Morrow’s personnel rules and regulations, on Tuesday, that will now allow employees to get some sleep on the job — with authorization from their superiors. The rules and regulations previously said no employee could sleep on the job, at any time.

Now, some people might say city employees should never be allowed to nap on the job. But, Human Resources Manager Becky Zebe said the old rule meant that firefighters, who sometimes work up to 24 hours at a time, could never sleep.

“Obviously, we have firefighters, who — as a part of their job — are allowed to sleep, so we changed that to ‘unauthorized sleep,’ so we did not have any clarification problems with the fact that our firefighters do sometimes sleep,” Zebe told city councilmembers.

In addition to the sleeping-on-the-job change, the council also approved two other changes to the personnel rules. One change states that employees, who are in their probationary period, can now only be fired for reasons allowed by state law. That policy previously allowed officials to fire an employee during this period, if they found the person’s work “unacceptable.”

Another change adds a new provision to the rules concerning employees receiving pay when they have to serve jury duty. The rule previously only covered full-time employees. But, the new provision states that part-time employees can now receive compensation for any scheduled work hours they have to miss because of jury duty.