Six terminated city employees continued to receive health benefits four to eight months after their separation with the municipality, according to the city’s annual audit report.
Auditors took a sample of 25 terminated employees and six were still receiving health benefits because they were not “timely removed from the health benefits billing,” according to the audit.
“In these six instances, removal from health benefits occurred between four and eight months after termination,” reads the audit.
The city’s new personnel director Abby Levinson highlighted three steps being taken to prevent a similar occurrence in the future.
The city added another employee to work with the benefits clerk to assist in enrollments and terminations to the health benefits coverage, according to the corrective action plan.
Levinson’s division also plans to conduct a training session with division heads and directors to speed up the processing of personnel action forms so that these forms are received in a timely manner to avoid delayed termination of employee benefits, according to the plan.
Four employees were not removed from health benefits coverage in a timely manner due to the benefits clerk’s “inability to complete job duties.”
The clerk will be subjected to disciplinary action, according to the corrective action plan.