|Lucky penny flipped the HHA Board majority away from Garcia-loyalists in 2012|
Reform took the majority in June 2012, when Commissioner Camporeale got the boot and Greg Lincoln was appointed in her place. But, that was too late for the employees of the HHA who were subject to Garcia policies such as the following:
|"HHA Employee Handbook"- page 7|
Those afflicted with Ebola look fine before their internal organs liquify.
Why is a Housing Authority "encouraging" employees with contagious diseases to work? Shouldn't a doctor make that decision?
|"HHA Employee Handbook"- page 5|
"Interactive dialogue" is all it takes for the Executive Director to "identify" reasonable accommodations for handicapped and disabled employees? And to make "all decisions" for them? Okay...
I guess that makes the Executive Director the prevailing authority over the Americans With Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines.
What's an "interactive dialogue?" Dialogue with puppets?
|"HHA Employee Handbook"- page 31|
An employee unable to work overtime for any reason, threatened with "discharge?" That's one way for management to retaliate against an employee: give him/her an unpleasant "overtime directive."
This one is the show-stopper:
|"HHA Employee Handbook"- page 2|
Um... is that legal?
I dunno, it sounds so Banana-Republic-y.
Well, good news. GA hears that a new Employee Manual is in the works. Whew.
You know, I am not versed in employment law- or any kind of law... but I have looked at other Housing Authority Employee handbooks for comparison (links via Google.) Generally speaking, all (except for Hoboken's) are organized like a federal/municipal code booklet- table of contents, numbered sections, sub-sections- like this Harris County Housing Authority Employee Handbook.
Compared to the other Housing Authority Employee Handbooks GA accessed online, Hoboken's is a hot mess.
A disorganized cut-and-paste job that delivers its message: the Executive Director makes the rules, changes the rules, can change your wages without having to consult anyone or without anyone's agreement, with or without cause.
Take a look.