Total Compensation Study Update
In 2009, the City and County of Denver conducted a study to evaluate the City’s total compensation package. The focus of the study was to ensure that the City’s total compensation package was fair, competitive with the market, and sustainable. As a result of the study, five areas of improvement and modernizations were identified:
- Establishing a common performance review date in the future
- Enhancing the performance rating scale for more accurate ratings
- Simplifying pay ranges
- Establishing a flexible merit (performance) increase table
- Establishing a paid time off (PTO) plan for new employees
As of today, two of the five modernizations have been implemented; the enhanced performance rating scale and the PTO plan were implemented on January 1, 2010. The remaining three are scheduled for implementation by January 1, 2011.
In an effort to prepare employees for the upcoming implementation, CSA is initiating a series of communications to provide employees with the dates, times, and locations of upcoming informational sessions. It is expected that all employees attend one of these informational sessions. More specific information about dates, times, and locations of the information sessions as well as additional training sessions will appear in the September and October InSight editions and in upcoming CCD Bulletins.
Simplified Pay Ranges
- A Simplified Pay Range is a pay range without fixed steps. The purpose of implementing Simplified Pay Ranges is to provide the City with the ability to adjust ranges based on market, eliminating the force fitting of adjustments to 2.25% increments.
- Simplified Pay Ranges provides flexibility with merit (performance) increases, again, by eliminating the constraint of allocating merit in 2.25% increments.
- Simplified Pay ranges will be implemented in October 2010.
- Instead of dividing a pay range into steps (18 for non-exempt pay ranges and 22 for exempt pay ranges), pay ranges will be divided into quartiles, or four segments. An example of a new pay range appears below.
Simplified Pay Range Examples
If you have any questions, please contact Bruce Backer, Director of Compensation at email@example.com or Roberta Monaco, Compensation Supervisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life Insurance Beneficiary Designations on DOT Soon
City employees will soon be able to view their life insurance beneficiary designations on DOT. The Career Service Authority Benefits Team has changed the way life insurance beneficiary information is stored, which will allow employees to view it on the City's intranet.
In order to ensure that all the information on record is up to date, CSA has mailed Beneficiary Designation forms to all eligible employees. Please complete and return the forms to the CSA Benefits Team. Employee’s beneficiary information will not be available for your review in DOT unless an updated form is submitted.
If employees need a new form, they are available for download, by clicking the following links:
Please complete and return the forms to the CSA Benefits Team using one of the following methods by August 13, 2010:
- Interoffice or mail to: CSA Benefits Team, 201 W. Colfax, Dept. 412 Denver, CO 80202
- In Person: Webb Municipal Building, 6th Floor
- Email: email@example.com
- Fax: 720.913.5548
For questions, contact the Benefits Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720.913.5697.
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New Development Services Web site Launched
Last month, the City’s Development Services group launched a building and land development center web page on denvergov.org. Development Services was created to streamline both residential and commercial land development projects. The new web site offers and e plan program which allows electronic document submittals and provides progress tracking for each project.
In addition to online services, Development Services offers project coordination. Development Services project coordinators will work with customers to clarify the constructions process, from concept to certificate of occupancy. They will assist with zoning, plan review, building permits, construction and inspection for all residential and commercial projects.
For more information visit us online at www.denvergov.org/developmentservices.
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Technology Services Identity Management Project
Identity Management (IDM) is a portfolio of tools and policies designed to manage, secure and simplify access to the City and County of Denver’s networked computers and systems. The City is implementing IDM to make access to multiple systems easier for users, to reduce technology support costs and to provide better network security.
The implementation of IDM will create efficiencies and reduce technology support costs by enabling faster deployments and streamlining daily operations. The City is also confident that IDM will improve network security. Employees will have one ID record that contains all their system access information. This will allow Technology Services personnel to grant and revoke access in a timely manner, as needed.
In addition, Self Service Password Reset (SSPR) will reduce the amount of password reset requests submitted to the Technology Services Help Desk. In 2009, the Help Desk assisted with 248 password resets. That number jumped to 331 for the first half of 2010. Because of the work already done to get ready for the IDM rollout, employees can currently enroll in SSPR to reset lost or forgotten passwords without Help Desk assistance.
The project team will be rolling out IDM in August. For questions about the IDM project, please contact the Technology Services Help Desk at 720-913-4957 (HELP) or email@example.com.
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Reminder: Executive Order 135 and Background Checks
As a reminder, Executive Order 135 requires that all agencies conduct background checks for new and contract employees. All offers of employment, oral or written, shall be made contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by law or the City, including the completion of a background check. It also requires background checks for current City employees who are changing assignments that substantively alter their job duties, or changing positions (including re-hires, promotions, demotions, and transfers).
In addition, background checks may be performed periodically, based on the frequency required by the appointing authority, by law, or as deemed necessary for business needs.
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DenverWellness and Wellness Center
Organic Produce: Is It Worth The Cost?
Since the 1990’s, organic food has been flooding the marketplace due to the increased demand for more natural products that are better for our health and the environment. For a product to be labeled “organic”, it must be grown in safe soil without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, bio engineered genes (GMO’s) and petroleum-based fertilizers. Due to these standards, organic farming is more labor intensive and generally produces smaller yields than conventional farming which makes organic food 10% - 40% more expensive than conventional food.
When it comes to choosing organic fruits and vegetables, one may wonder if the benefits outweigh the cost for organic produce. Many studies have been performed to measure the benefits of organic produce on both human health and the health of the environment. Based on these benefits, consumers can make an informed choice on whether or not they want to pay the extra price for organic produce.
Some of the benefits of eating organic fruits and vegetables are as follows:
- Some studies have shown that organic produce has more beneficial nutrients, such as vitamins and antioxidants.
- Organic produce contains fewer pesticides and toxic chemicals than conventional produce.
- Organic food tastes better and is often fresher when eaten because it does not contain preservatives to make it last longer.
- Organic farming is better for the environment because their practices reduce pollution in the air, water and soil, conserve water, reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility and use less energy. It is also better for the wildlife around the farm and the farmers that harvest the food.
In order to buy organic produce and stay within your food budget, focus on buying organic for the 12 fruits and vegetables that have been shown to have the highest levels of pesticides. Try to buy these fruits and vegetables organic when possible due to their high pesticide content:
Another way to keep the cost of organic food within your budget is shopping at farmer’s markets where the produce is grown in local farms and is often cheaper than the grocery store. You may also join a food co-op or a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm in which individuals and families join up to purchase “shares” of produce in bulk, directly from a local farm. Also, shop around at local grocery stores to compare prices of organic produce and remember to buy organic fruits and vegetables that are in season.
Premium Discount Program
Employees are now eligible for a discount on their medical insurance in 2011 by completing the requirements of the City’s DenverWellness Premium Discount Program. To qualify for the premium discount, employees are required to complete an online health assessment through their City-sponsored health care provider and one approved wellness program option. For more information, visit www.denvergov.org/denverwellness
- Join Weight Watchers!
Shed a few pounds and get ready to enjoy summer! Join Weight Watchers! Learn new strategies for handling your hunger and eating smarter. It’s never too late to join! The cost of the remaining sessions is pro-rated. Weigh-ins start at 11:30 a.m., meeting starts at noon in room 4.F.2. of the Webb Municipal Building. To register or for more information, call Tanya Turcios at 720-913-5687.
- Real Body Boot Camp (RBBC)
Join Daniel Ward of InMotion Training for Real Body Boot Camp. Classes will be held in the Wellness Center on Tuesday’s from 4:30-5:15 pm and Thursday’s from 4:15-5 pm. Each class will be $12. If you would like to participate, bring the completed liability waiver and a check to the information desk at the Wellness Center a few minutes before the next class. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Denver Wellness: Chair Massage Program|
Relax and unwind with a 15-minute Chair Massage, appointments are available Thursdays from 11:40-4:20pm. Cost is $12 and appointments are pre-paid by cash, check or credit card. Tickets can be purchased from the Cashier on the 2nd floor of WMB between 7:30am-4:30pm. Multiple tickets can be purchased at one time. With a ticket, a massage can be scheduled by calling 720-913-5696. If you have any questions, please call 720-913-5687.
Webb Municipal Building | 201 W. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80202
Hours: Monday – Friday | 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday | 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WMB Wellness Center Membership
Membership to the center includes a daily schedule of exercise classes such as Yoga, Mat Pilates, Spinning, Step, Sculpting, Core Conditioning, Circuit Training and other classes. Equipment includes the latest models of treadmills, spinning bikes, elliptical trainers, bicycles, stair steppers rowing machines, and Cybex weight machines. Members are able to participate in personal training sessions, private Yoga and Mat Pilates sessions, computerized fitness assessments and receive individualized exercise programs for an additional fee. Cost is $25/month.
Wellness Center Day Usage Program
All City employees are able to use the Webb Building Wellness Center on a drop-in basis without the requirement of a membership. If you have a class or meeting downtown, drop in to the center on your break to keep your workouts on track. You can take advantage of the Wellness Center’s variety of cardiovascular and weight equipment, exciting fitness classes and healthy energy for only $5 a day.
Orientation/Tour of Wellness Center
Tours of the Center are available Monday through Friday. Learn more about the Center including equipment, classes and amenities. Interested employees can obtain information about membership or sign up at the end of the tour. Call Tanya Turcios at 720-913-5687 to schedule your appointment.
Scheduled Orientation Dates:
- Thursday, August 12 at Noon
- Wednesday, August 18 at Noon
- Thursday, August 26 at Noon
For more information or to participate in any Wellness Center events contact Tanya Turcios at 720-913-5687 or email@example.com.
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Join Us For The Final Denver Kwal Brush Off Community Challenge Of The Summer!
Over 400 volunteers removed an estimated 15,500 square feet of graffiti vandalism on Federal Boulevard in less than three hours! Sign up now to be part of the next Brush Off Challenge on August 21!
Kwal Paint and the City of Denver’s Departments of Public Works and Neighborhood Inspection Services, along with the Graffiti Oversight Committee and 9News, present the final Denver Kwal Paint Brush Off Community Challenge of the summer on August 21 from 7 a.m. - noon
The Denver Kwal Paint Brush Off Community Challenge joins community volunteers with Denver City staff, Denver City Council Members, Kwal Paint and 9News to remove graffiti vandalism along the entire 9.28 mile stretch of Federal Boulevard, from one end of the City to the other! July’s Brush Off Challenge was a great success, drawing over 400 volunteers who removed an estimated 15,500 square feet of graffiti vandalism on Federal Boulevard in less than three hours.
“The Kwal Brush Off Challenge” is a signature event of Denver’s ongoing Brush Off Program, a call to action for all residents to become part of the movement to keep our communities graffiti-free. The Brush Off asks folks to adopt a spot in their neighborhood that is frequently vandalized by graffiti (a row of dumpsters, a brick wall, etc) and commit to keeping it graffiti free. The Brush Off will provide paint and supplies, and the residents provide the commitment to monitoring the spot and keeping it graffiti free with their effort and elbow grease.
For more information about August’s Denver Kwal Paint Brush Off Community Challenge, visit www.knowgraffiti.com!
Registration forms are available at www.knowgraffiti.com, Kwal Paint stores, Denver Recreation Centers and many Denver City Council Offices.
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Denver Municipal Animal Shelter Waives Cat Adoption Fees throughout August
Beginning Aug. 2, the Denver Municipal Animal Shelter (DMAS) will waive cat adoption fees. The effort is to help increase cat adoptions and reduce shelter overcrowding due to the high number of cats flooding shelters across the metro area.
It is the first time in the shelter’s more than 50 year history that fees have been waived.
On average, the shelter adopts out approximately 30 cats a month. “Our goal is to find homes for as many cats as possible,” says Animal Care & Control Division Director Doug Kelley.
While DMAS staff work with various shelters across the metro area to transfer cats when full, other shelters are experiencing the same overcrowding issues. In addition to increased euthanasia rates, overcrowding leads to higher rates of sickness of shelter animals.
DMAS’s regular cat adoption package ranges from $60 to $90 depending on the age of animal. While adoption fees have been waived, a $20 spay or neuter fee payable to The Feline Fix, a program of Rocky Mountain Alley Cat Alliance, will apply for unaltered cats and kittens. Already altered cats will be free. Spay or neuter is a requirement of adoption. The Denver Municipal Animal Shelter is committed to reducing pet overpopulation.
Adopters will still be required to complete the adoption process and abide by the terms of the adoption agreement. To help more cats be reunited with their owners, cat microchips will be offered for just $10.
For more information, or to view a list of lost or adoptable animals, visit www.denvergov.org/animalcare. The Denver Municipal Animal Shelter is located at 678 S. Jason Street.
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