- Associated Press - Saturday, October 17, 2015

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - For years, Des Moines County in eastern Iowa had a policy allowing employees to donate their accrued sick leave to fellow employees suffering a catastrophic event.

But The Hawk Eye reports (https://bit.ly/1PyAGvu ) that the county board ended the practice Tuesday, citing liability concerns.

The Des Moines County Board of Supervisors acted after meeting with a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act expert.

Supervisor Tom Broeker says the old policy required the disclosure of the catastrophic event, which if not voluntary, could set the county up for a lawsuit.

He cited a case in a Washington State county with a similar policy that resulted in the county paying $250,000.



Broeker also said he didn’t think the policy was “fair or equitable to Des Moines County or the taxpayer.”

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Information from: The Hawk Eye, https://www.thehawkeye.com

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