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Allan Kujala, IPMA-CP, CLRP, CGBA - Director

555 Bay Road, Dover, DE 19901

(302) 744-2310 / Fax: (302) 736-2262

personnel@co.kent.de.us

 

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Property tax bills can generate QUESTIONS for County employees:
8/2/2021
Property tax bills are mailed out in early August each year and taxes are due on September 30. Invariably, County employees are asked by relatives, neighbors, and/or strangers why their “County taxes... (Read more)

Newspaper to publish Kent County EMPLOYEE PAY for 2020:
7/22/2021
Kent County recently replied to a Freedom of Information Act request from the News Journal newspaper seeking the names, titles, department & sub-department, and wages (salaries, bonuses, & overtime) o... (Read more)

With Delta variant spreading, SUMMER COLD could be COVID:
7/21/2021
While the State of Emergency declaration in Delaware ended on July 13, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are not over. The infection rate for the COVID-19 “delta” variant is skyrocketing - mostly a... (Read more)

Wellness Incentive Webinar 07/22 - Healthy eating ON A BUDGET:
7/20/2021
Have you ever thought to yourself why purchasing healthy food is so expensive? In some stores, one rotisserie chicken costs the same as a package of 28 hot dogs! Purchasing healthy foods for you and y... (Learn more)

Kent County employees IMPROVED WELLNESS efforts in 2020:
7/16/2021
DVHT has released the 2020 Wellness Program Report which highlights the progress toward a culture of health at Kent County Levy Court. This information will help staff evaluate employees’ and their s... (Learn more)

TIPS TO STAY COOL: managing conflict at work & in summer heat:
7/6/2021
As more people are returning to work, you may find that your coworkers are processing the many changes brought on by aspects of the pandemic in different ways, with views that might conflict with yo... (Learn more)

HAPPY NEW YEAR! July 1 marks Kent County's new fiscal year:
7/1/2021
Happy New Year! Fiscal Year 2022 started July 1, 2021, which means the new Kent County budget is in effect. The new financial plan adopted by Levy Court in late April is similar to 2021, with seve... (Read more)

Pay Study implementation ADJUSTS Pay Plan grades & steps:
6/24/2021
As part of the Fiscal Year 2022 budget adoption process earlier this year, Levy Court included funding to fully implement the Classification, Compensation & Benefits Study completed in March 2020 by t... (Read more)

Continue to be VIGILANT to avoid COVID/Delta variant infection:
6/22/2021
Honestly, everyone wants the pandemic to be over, but COVID-19 variants continue to threaten the unvaccinated and persons with an immune deficiency. Research indicates that individuals fully vaccinate... (Read more)

As the Weather HEATS UP, Look Out for Heat-Induced Illness!:
6/14/2021
Extremely high or unusually hot temperatures can affect your health. On average, more than 600 deaths from extreme heat events occur each year in the United States. Most vulnerable are the elderly, th... (Learn more)

With HIGHER TEMPS-Dress for summer with eye toward guidelines:
6/14/2021
With the advent of summer, annual heat waves with 90-100 degree temperatures have begun, so many Kent County employees may be adjusting their work wardrobe as temperatures soar - but don’t go too far.... (Read more)

Learn how to be healthy and safe at Work, Home & the Community:
6/8/2021
It’s understandable if your confidence has been shaken lately, given all the uncertainties and shifting responsibilities many of us continue to face. Fortunately, by working with your thoughts, feeli... (Learn more)

SAFETY BOLLARD installation at County Complex June 17-25:
6/8/2021
Kent County recently secured grant funding to install hardened decorative safety bollards at the entrance to the Kent County Administrative Complex. Construction is expected to get under way next w... (Read more)

ICMA-RC offers free RETIREMENT PLANNING webinars in June:
6/2/2021
ICMA-RC is offering financial planning webinars hosted by your Retirement Plans Specialist - Shantel Washington and Certified Financial Planners. These webinars can help you prepare for retirement.... (Learn more)

Get easily VACCINATED against COVID-19 at work 9-12 on June 3:
6/1/2021
Want to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but don’t have time to visit a local pharmacy or a mass vaccination site? On Thursday, June 3, 2021 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon, you can get vaccinated at the Ke... (Read more)

Indoor mask rules RELAX for VACCINATED staff effective May 21!:
5/20/2021
Vaccinated Kent County employees are no longer required to wear a face covering inside or outside unless within 3-feet of other people or in a large indoor group setting without the recommended 3-feet... (Read more)

Health/Dental/Life OPEN ENROLLMENT closes - other OE in June!:
5/17/2021
Open enrollment has CLOSED for eligible Kent County employees, retirees, dependents, and former employees/dependents with COBRA benefits (May 3–14, 2021). Kent County must submit all changes to DVHT/A... (Read more)

Earn WELLNESS $ with WEBINAR on May 25. Register today!:
5/11/2021
Earn DVHT wellness cash with the next hospital-based wellness webinar "Low-Stress Eating: The Connection Between Stress and Nutrition" on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm. Limited space so ... (Read more)

Flexible Spending Account (ASIflex) enrollment online until June 10:
5/11/2021
Consider Pre-Tax Flexible Spending Accounts for FY2022. Electronically Enroll or Re-Enroll Online from May 10, 2021 – June 10, 2021. If you are a current participant, you may re-enroll under Account D... (Learn more)

NEED MORE Protection? AFLAC open enrollment May 17-June 7:
5/11/2021
Get More Protection from Aflac Supplemental Plans and it is available through payroll deduction effective the first pay in July 2021. Aflac enrollment is from Monday May 17 through Monday June 7. Ther... (Learn more)

Violent Intruder Response TRAINING set for May 19 in person/video:
5/6/2021
Remember the words – Avoid/Deny/Defend Recent employee news blogs have hinted that planning was underway for refresher training for Violent Intruder/Active Shooter Response and now a format has been... (Read more)

DVHT quarterly newsletter - Healthier lifestyles can REDUCE risks!:
5/3/2021
According to the American Cancer Society, one in three people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. In the United States, the five most common types of cancer are skin, lung, prostate, brea... (Learn more)

TIPS: Take care of YOUR BACK ... take care of yourself!:
5/3/2021
Experiencing back pain is a leading occupational hazard whether you work long, tough hours mostly on your feet while lifting heavy objects, or while sitting at a desk for hours on end. The following ... (Learn more)

Retirement webinars in MAY can help you PLAN for tomorrow:
4/30/2021
ICMA-RC, Kent County's Deferred Comp provider, is hosting financial planning webinars that can help you prepare for retirement. Topics include: Will You Need Long-Term Care? - Tuesday, May 4, 2021 — ...

FY2022 BUDGET adopted with 2% COLA & step & PAY study recs:
4/30/2021
Levy Court Commissioners adopted the Fiscal Year 2022 budget following a public hearing on April 27, 2021 concluding an annual process that begins each September with departmental budget request sub... (Read more)

Make any Insurance CHANGES during OPEN Enrollment (May 3-14)*:
4/27/2021
Open enrollment is available for eligible Kent County employees, retirees, dependents, and former employees/dependents with COBRA benefits from May 3 – May 14, 2021. Open enrollment is the only time e... (Read more)

Earn $100 with 4 health ed. WELLNESS webinars - Register now!:
4/19/2021
Managing your blood pressure can help reduce your risk of heart disease. Many factors from diet and exercise to stress level can influence your blood pressure. Join this class to learn more about unde... (Learn more)

DON’T QUIT NOW - we are SO CLOSE to beating COVID-19! :
4/14/2021
Continue to adhere to evidence-based precautions to prevent the spread of the virus:1) Wear a mask that snugly covers your nose and mouth. 2) Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces. Work fro... (Learn more)

Live a HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE by adopting a daily ROUTINE!:
4/14/2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted even the most basic daily routines that can help keep us healthy. However, with just a little planning, you can re-establish scheduled times for those activities t... (Learn more)

Distracted Driving is A KILLER - Be Aware & Learn more in April:
4/12/2021
Distracted driving is a public health issue that affects us all. In the U.S. in 2018, over 2,800 people were killed and an estimated 4000,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. Abo... (Learn more)

DVHT offers Healthcare BLUEBOOK info sessions on 04/20 & 04/22:
4/8/2021
As a member of the Delaware Valley Health Trust, you and your covered dependents have access to Healthcare Bluebook, an innovative program that enables members to become better educated healthcare con... (Learn more)

DVHT/Aetna NOW offers MENTAL HEALTH resources via Teladoc:
4/5/2021
Mental health is an important part of overall health and well-being. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps d... (Learn more)

Employee Council ELECTS 2021-22 officers. Who represents you? :
4/1/2021
Employee Council recently selected its leadership for the upcoming year following the uncontested February election. The members re-elected KRIS CONNELLY, Asst. Director of Planning Services, as P... (Read more)

FY22 health ins. cost SHARE approved; Open Enrollment May 3-14:
4/1/2021
Levy Court has decided to once again renew County health insurance coverage with Delaware Valley Health Trust/Aetna and retain the current 7%/20% cost share for employee/dependent health insurance for... (Read more)

ICMA-RC hosting April WEBINARS to help you plan for Retirement!:
3/30/2021
Will You Have Enough to Retire Comfortably? Tuesday, April 6, 2021 1:00 PM ET Are You Thinking About Investing in a Roth IRA? Wednesday, April 14, 2021 1:00 PM ET Women and Money Wednesday, Apr... Learn more)

Annual Performance EVALUATION process concludes June 1:
3/25/2021
Last year, the annual employee performance evaluation process barely got off the ground before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. For safety reasons, several staff members remained at home, many worked remote... (Read more)

Free DVHT webinars can help with STRESS!!! Register by April 1:
3/22/2021
Burnout happens when an individual tries to work too hard or do too much. It can lead to cognitive distortion of the importance of an issue. The final stage of the stress response is burnout, which ... (Learn more)

EAP offers tips on combating dreaded QUARANTINE 15 & more!:
3/22/2021
The “Quarantine 15” is a buzzword for weight gained from spending many months stuck inside, filling up on high-calorie comfort foods. Fortunately, making a few tweaks to your habits can start you on ... (Read more)

SAVE YOUR IDENTITY - Be alert for fraudulent UI claims & scams:
3/19/2021
Kent County has received several notices recently that are indicative of probable fraudulent unemployment insurance claims and a fraudulent direct deposit request. A few of these notices often contai... (Learn more)

Earn virtual credit toward WELLNESS education CASH on 03/18!:
3/9/2021
Delaware Valley Health Trust continues to offer virtual presentations to promote wellness education and healthy lifestyles. “Understanding the New Food Labels” is being offered on March 18, 2021 at 1:... (Learn more)

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