Dade City workers won't be allowed to use personal cellphones during work hours under a new policy manual approved by city commissioners Tuesday.
Commissioners revised the Employee's Policy and Procedures Manual adding sections that deal with a dress code, the use of personal cellphones, tardiness and bullying.
Under the changes, the manual says that employees are expected to be at work on time and to notify their supervisors if they are going to be more than five minutes late; employees are not to use personal cellphones during work hours and employees are to dress appropriately. The manual also defines bullying, gives examples of bullying and outlines procedures to report workplace bullying.
City Manager Billy Poe said the new policies did not come as a result of a recent situation where Poe was instructed my Mayor Camille Hernandez to wear a tie to city commission meetings. Hernandez' instructions and subsequent public comments prompted Commissioner Scott Black to suggest that commissioners revisit the city charter to see that the mayor is not granted individual authority.
Poe acknowledged that people seem to think that the new dress code policy came as a result of the tie incident, but denied any connection. The dress code does not require employees to wear a tie.
"Some people just weren't wearing professional-type attire," Poe said of the new dress code. He cited examples that some people were wearing T-shirts and ripped jeans while dealing with the public.
"All four of those issues or policy changes were based on things that had happened here, not with the commission, but with staff," Poe added.