Town of Dillon changes part-time benefits |

Town of Dillon changes part-time benefits

Christine McManus/summit daily news

DILLON – The Dillon Town Council voted Tuesday to make it a little tougher for part-time town employees to get benefits.Instead of requiring employees to work 1,000 hours a year to qualify for employment benefits, employees now must work 1,560 hours a year – or 30 hours a week.The old standard was 19 hours a week.”This allows the town to hire staff members to cover peak times, such as marina employees, without paying for benefits,” said Carri McDonnell, town treasurer.Dillon had to lay off summer seasonal employees when they reached the maximum 1,000 hours per year, to prevent benefits distribution costs, said town manager Jack Benson.Some Dillon part-time employees work at a ski resort through the winter. Councilmembers Judee Cathrall and Lorin Gardner said they were concerned that the town was copying a Wal-Mart employment policy designed to reduce the town’s labor costs.”Believe me, I don’t use Wal-Mart as a corporate model to emulate for employee benefit standards,” said town manager Jack Benson.The new definition of a part-time employee will affect about four Dillon employees, McDonnell said.

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