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Baton Rouge city-parish employee compensation report

Baton Rouge city-parish employee compensation report

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This report was presented to the Metro Council on Wednesday, Oct. 23.
This report was presented to the Metro Council on Wednesday, Oct. 23.

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CITY-PARISHTOTALCOMPENSATIONSTUDY
 
2013
Presented by:
 
City-Parish Total Compensation Study 2
City of Baton Rouge, Parish of East Baton Rouge 2013 
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City-Parish Total Compensation Study 3
City of Baton Rouge, Parish of East Baton Rouge 2013 
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Introduction
While
many
municipalities
across
the
United
States
have
been
struggling
financially
since
the
2008
recession,
Baton
Rouge
has
enjoyed
a
relatively
strong
and
stable
economy.

In
fact,
unlike
many
other
cities
and
counties,
Baton
Rouge
has
managed
to
maintain
a
balanced
budget,
avoid
cutting
services
to
its
citizens,
and
has
even
been
able
to
maintain
regular
one
step
(3
percent)
merit
increases
from
year
to
year
per
the
City
Parish
Pay
Plan
Rule
Section
6.6.

Nonetheless,
the
City
of 
Baton
Rouge,
Parish
of 
East
Baton
Rouge
(“City
Parish”)
has
found
its
total
compensation
costs
are
rising,
driven
primarily
by
the
policies
and
programs
associated
with
employee
and
retiree
benefits.

At
the
same
time,
as
the
economy
improves
and
other
organizations
raise
their
salaries
and
wages,
the
City
Parish
finds
it
more
difficult
to
attract
and
retain
the
necessary
talent
to
ensure
a
productive
and
stable
workforce.

This
situation
is
especially
pronounced
for
a
number
of 
positions
in
mission
critical
areas
and
has
the
potential
for
more
serious
consequences
in
future
years
as
the
baby
boomers
leave
the
workforce
in
large
numbers
and
must
be
replaced
by
new
workers.

In
the
City
Parish
Department
of 
Public
Works
(“DPW”),
for
example,
26
percent
of 
its
current
workforce
is
expected
to
retire
or
leave
within
the
next
seven
years.

With
base
pay
and
benefits
like
retirement
and
longevity
pay
oriented
toward
rewarding
employees
after
their
10
th
year
of 
employment,
the
City
Parish
finds
itself 
struggling
to
find
new
qualified
workers
in
the
increasingly
competitive
Baton
Rouge
market.

In
addition,
the
City
Parish
and
current
workers
must
pay
increasing
costs
for
their
retirement,
as
well
as
other
benefits
that
are
not
realized
until
they
retire,
creating
an
imbalance
in
total
compensation
with
base
pay
shrinking
in
proportion
when
compared
to
the
heavy
benefits
load.

While
it
is
tempting
to
try
to
find
classes
of 
employees
who
are
underpaid
and
to
look
for
funding
to
bring
their
base
pay
to
market,
this
strategy
would
be
ill
advised.

In
fact,
the
state
of 
Louisiana
has
recently
provided
raises
for
only
some
employees
and
has
now
created
a
system
of 
“haves
and
have
nots”
as
reported
in
the
October
21,
2013
edition
of 
The
 Advocate
in
the
article
by
Melissa
Deslatte
entitled,
“Pay
Raises
Uneven
Across
Louisiana
Agencies.”

Such
decisions
can
create
dissension
among
departments
and
negatively
impact
the
integrity
of 
the
pay
structure.

In
2012,
the
City
Parish
Metropolitan
Council
authorized
a
total
compensation
study
for
non
public
safety
positions
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to
be
conducted
by
a
consulting
team
composed
of 
HNTB
Corporation,
SSA
Consultants,
Buck
Consultants,
and
Alpha
Media.

In
order
to
conduct
this
study,
the
consulting
team
has
relied
on
the
City
Parish
to
provide
employee
data,
 job
descriptions,
leave
and
benefits
policies,
and
plan
information.

Because
no
audit
was
conducted
on
any
of 
this
information,
the
consulting
team
has
relied
on
the
accuracy
of 
the
information
provided.
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Municipal
Police
and
Fire
employees
were
not
included
in
this
study
due
to
complexities
regarding
separate
retirement
plans
and
pay
schedules.

The
City
Parish
conducted
a
similar
analysis
for
those
employees.

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