Revised 2017 ABC's Book
WELCOME TO BROWARD COUNTY GOVERNMENT!
We are a diverse and progressive organization comprised of 6,055 employees and more than 50 different agencies. The Broward County Board of County Commissioners provides a wide variety of services to the residents of Broward County ranging from athletic programs to xeriscaping advice, from newborn health care to senior services, from a vibrant and inter- national seaport to a fast growing airport. We cover the landscape on land, in the air and at sea. Founded in 1915, Broward County celebrated 100 years of progress and service to our community in 2015.
BROWARD COUNTY MISSION STATEMENT:
Broward County’s mission is to deliver cost-effective and collaborative services to enhance and promote the quality of life for our residents, businesses and visitors.
While Broward County reserves the right to change its employment policies and procedures as well as its benefit programs, this book provides employees with general information about current employment with the County. The information in this booklet is descriptive and summarized and is not intended to be a substitute for County rules and policies nor to replace or modify collective bargaining agreements, benefit plan summary documents, or insurance company Certificates of Coverage; nor is it to be construed as an employment contract. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is correct. However, the County and its rules and policies are dynamic and may change. If there is any difference between the information in this document and the Civil Service Rules, collective bargaining agreements, the Broward County Administrative Code, the Broward County Code of Ordinances, or any current rules and regulations, the actual policies, rules, code sections and contracts will prevail. The information contained in this book is general in nature and is not intended to give specific advice on benefit elections or income taxes.
Effective October 1, 2000, all new appointments have been classified as exempt from Civil Service. Appointees are “at will” and serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority, except as provided by any collective bargaining agreements.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
The County is committed to its policy of providing equal employment opportunities and equal access to all applicants and employees. Employment decisions are made without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, sex, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion or sexual orientation. This means that employment and promotion decisions will be based only on consideration of the job-related qualifications of applicants and employees and the needs of the County. The County will ensure that all other personnel activities, such as benefits, County-sponsored training, and social or recreational programs are established and administered in the same manner.
HEALTH INSURANCE PORTABILITY & ACCOUNTABILITY ACT (HIPAA) GENERAL AWARENESS
HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Both non-governmental and governmental agencies like Broward County that are subject to the provisions of this federal law must secure and protect the privacy of certain Protected Health Information, which is called “PHI.” Employees must abide by County HIPAA Policies and Procedures. Employees who are responsible for patient medical records or care must have HIPAA training. Employees who do not usually handle medical records or provide medical care must understand that they are responsible for treating any PHI with which they come into contact according to procedures established by Broward County. Broward County and HIPAA require County employees and others who assist Broward County with the processing or handling of PHI to keep that information confidential. This includes information about any medical condition, medical testing, medical treatment or surgery, prescription medications, dental treatment or vision treatment or any other procedure related to the health of an individual. In addition, employees are prohibited from using or disclosing this information to anyone except those persons who need this information to perform their duties and responsibilities. This confidentiality requirement also prohibits an employee from talking to another employee about PHI if the other employee is not directly involved in the processing or handling of PHI. It is important to use and disclose any PHI the County maintains legally and appropriately. Under the law and Broward County policies, there are also sanctions, fines and legal penalties for violations of HIPAA. As an employee, you could be subject to these penalties if you misuse someone’s PHI. If you are unsure as to whether any information you handle is confidential and/or subject to HIPAA, you should ask your supervisor or manager before taking further action.