Horry County handbook proposed changes delayed until budget planning retreat

Horry County handbook proposed changes delayed until budget planning retreat

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Although some policies may seem like new ones, Horry County says there are certain ones in the proposal for the Horry County employee handbook that has been in place and enforced for years.

"You periodically should go through your employee handbook and update it,” said County Councilman Johnny Vaught.

That's exactly what the county is doing, but it's been put on hold for a while.

"I moved last night to defer this to our budget retreat."

Horry County Councilman Johnny Vaught says that will give council and staff the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about how this policy will affect them moving forward.

One of the policies the county says has been around for a long time but has been updated over the last few years is the requirement FOR employees to notify the county of additional jobs, volunteer work, and educational activities.

"That's an obvious kind of thing that I think you should have to do as a county employee... you know what if you're out there working for a business that actually does business with the county or something,” he said.

A spokesperson for the county said since 2014, employees have been required to submit and receive approval of an "Outside Work Activity disclosure form," and the policy goes onto say without submission and approval of that form, disciplinary action may be taken.

In 2017, the county said volunteer work was also added to the policy.

“I think that still goes back to making the county look good and making the people that work for the county look good,” said Vaught, “If you see somebody volunteering for an org that’s in all sorts of trouble or is stirring up trouble.. that sort of thing, then that person is again part of the county so its seen as the county supporting that organization."

Vaught said the budget planning retreat is scheduled for the beginning of April. Council will then have the opportunity to go over the changes with staff and ask any questions they may have.

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