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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 7


Meeting Date: October 14, 2008

Subject/Title: Adopt a Resolution to adjust the employer health benefits contribution for all sworn and non-sworn staff as provided in Brentwood Employees’ Association (Miscellaneous and Public Works Divisions) and Brentwood Mid-Management Groups bargaining unit labor agreements extended through June 30, 2009; and the 2008/09 – 2011/12 Brentwood Police Officers Association bargaining unit labor agreement.

Prepared by: Patti Standley, Human Resources Manager

Submitted by: Karen L. Chew, Assistant City Manager


RECOMMENDATION
Adopt a Resolution to adjust the employer health benefits contribution for all sworn and non-sworn staff as provided in Brentwood Employees’ Association (Miscellaneous and Public Works Divisions) and Brentwood Mid-Management Groups bargaining unit labor agreements extended through June 30, 2009; and the 2008/09 – 2011/12 Brentwood Police Officers Association bargaining unit labor agreement. Funding for 2008/09 is included in the adopted amended 2008/2009 Operating Budget and funding for 2009/10 will be included in the proposed 2009/10 – 2010/11 Operating Budget.

PREVIOUS ACTION
The City Council adopted Resolution 2007-228 on October 9, 2007, adjusting the employer health benefits contribution for all bargaining units and employee groups effective January 1, 2008.

The City Council adopted Resolution 2008-131 on May 27, 2008, approving and authorizing the City Manager to sign the extension and revision of the 2003/2008 Memoranda of Understanding for the Brentwood Employees’ Association (Miscellaneous and Public Works Divisions) and Brentwood Mid-Management Group.

The City Council adopted Resolution 2008-167 on June 24, 2008 adopting the amended 2008/09 Operating Budget.

The City Council adopted Resolution 2008-172 on July 22, 2008 approving and authorizing the City Manager to execute a Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Brentwood and the Brentwood Police Officer’s Association for fiscal years 2008/09 through 2011/12, effective July 1, 2008, which included an amendment to the 2008/09 Operating Budget.

BACKGROUND
As provided in the adopted Memoranda of Understanding (MOU), the City and bargaining units and employee groups signed agreements that include a plan to address the impact of premium increases. The plan provides for the City’s share of the premium to increase when rates change, typically January of each year. The City, non-sworn and sworn employees will share the rate increases to the full family Kaiser rate as defined by applicable MOU, until the City’s contribution is equal to that of the Kaiser plan employee plus one dependent. The City’s contribution will remain at this level for the term of the MOUs; one year for all bargaining units beginning July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009, with the exception of the BPOA, which is four years beginning July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2012.

Staff recommends approval of the attached resolution in order to adopt the new city contribution levels of $1,040.73 per month for non-sworn staff and $1,064.76 per month for sworn staff, as provided for in the MOU documents. Adopting the recommended resolution at this time will ensure the timely application by CalPERS of the increase to the employer contribution.

A resolution is required by CalPERS each time there is an adjustment to employer contributions. The resolution covers all benefited employees. If adopted, CalPERS will recognize the attached resolution as the official document to formally adjust the employer health benefits contributions.

FISCAL IMPACT
Funds for 2008/09 are included in the adopted, amended 2008/09 Operating Budget and funding for 2009/10 will be included in the proposed 2009/10 – 2010/11 Operating Budget.

Attachments
Resolution

RESOLUTION NO.


A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD FIXING THE EMPLOYER’S CONTRIBUTION UNDER THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES’ MEDICAL AND HOSPITAL CARE ACT

WHEREAS, Government Code Section 22892(a) provides that a local agency contracting under the California Public Employees’ Medical and Hospital Care Act shall fix the amount of the employer’s contribution at an amount not less than the amount required under Section 22892(b) of the Act, and

WHEREAS, City of Brentwood is a local agency contracting under the Act; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED That the employer’s contribution for each employee or annuitant shall be the amount necessary to pay the full cost of his/her enrollment, including the enrollment of family members, in a health benefits plan up to a maximum of:
Contribution
Code Bargaining Unit Per Month

001 EES ASSOC MGT MID-MGT CONF $1,040.73
002 POLICE OFFICERS ASSN $1,064.76

Plus administrative fees and Contingency Fund assessments.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on October 14, 2008 by the following vote:



 
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