14.1 General Training Activities. The Board shall encourage and
promote training opportunities for employees and supervisors to the end that
services they render to the County may be made more effective. The Board shall
assist Department Heads in meeting training needs of their agencies and in
cooperation with appointing powers shall encourage the development of
departmental training programs designed to meet personnel needs.
14.2 Orientation of New Employees. The Human Resources Department
will conduct monthly orientation sessions for all County employees hired during
the preceding month. A general overview of the employee's rights and
responsibilities will be provided.
Department Heads will
conduct department orientation sessions as required to inform new employees of
their specific responsibilities, including departmental policies and procedures.
14.3 Time of Training Periods. Training programs may be conducted
either during or after regular working hours or both. Every effort should be
made to conduct training in a manner which does not accrue overtime liability.
14.4 Reimbursement for Educational Expenses. It is the policy of
the Board to strengthen the County workforce by allowing department heads the
opportunity to offer to their employees employment related seminars, college
courses, classes and other educational programs. Such programs may include, but
are not limited to, refresher courses and vocational courses. Douglas County
employees may be paid by the County for reasonable educational expenses
including meals, lodging and travel expenses subject to the following
expenditures must be for education which maintains or improves skills required
by the individual to maintain current required job skills or to realistically
obtainable promotion opportunity.
14.4.2 Employees must submit a written request for payment to
their Department Head prior to incurring the expenses. If the expenses include
payment for travel, lodging or meals, the request should specifically include
those items. Travel out of state is subject to prior Board approval.
Actual payment of approved programs will be withheld until successful completion
of the program upon the recommendation of the Department Head. Any text books
necessary for the completion of the program which are paid by the County shall
be County property.
Department Head may require the employee requesting payment to agree to repay
any sums paid by the County for educational expenses if the employee does not
continue his employment with the County for a certain period of time following
completion of the educational program. Such an agreement shall be in writing.
The amount of time to be included in the agreement shall be determined by the