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St. Pete agrees to open employee health center to part-time workers

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The city of St. Pete has agreed to open its Employee Healthcare Clinic to part-time workers. The clinic has been open since 2013 for all full-time city employees. Based on a tentative agreement between the city and the employee union, that perk may soon be available to part-timers too. The $770,000 per year facility at Bayfront Medical Center offers basic medical care with no co-pay. Many basic medications are also free to employees. The facility is open during regular business…

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Allegations of discrimination highlight importance of ‘ban the box’

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A former St. Pete employee accused the city’s HR department of discrimination within its staffing office. Amber Pawlowski witnessed what she saw as uneven application of hiring practices based on arbitrary and discriminatory reasons. While Pawlowski’s diligent note-taking and observation may have indeed uncovered some unfair practices, the investigation that ensued is evidence that a newly implemented city policy is working. Under Mayor Rick Kriseman’s bidding, the city officially “banned the box” on employment applications. That means people with criminal…

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