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Hennepin County rule changes (new law)

Published (5/29/2009)
By Nick Busse
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Hennepin County can streamline its human resources policies and extend the life of a task force by two years, because of a new law.

Sponsored by Rep. Kurt Zellers (R-Maple Grove) and Sen. Ann Rest (DFL-New Hope), the law makes technical changes requested by the county, whose human resources policies are governed by state law as well as their own rules.

The legislation, effective upon county compliance, will conform state statutes to internal rule changes recently adopted by the county. Specifically, department directors and the county human resources director will be given more discretion to set policies regarding the length of probationary periods, compensation plans and non-disciplinary appeals. Currently, the authority in such matters resides in the county board.

In addition, the law extends a sunset date for the Victory Memorial Drive Historic District Task Force by two years to Dec. 31, 2011.

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