Feb 28, 2014 8:21 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)
The East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park Commission has approved a plan to bring employee pay up to market rates, meaning salaries comparable to that of others doing similar work in similarly-sized cities.
The Advocate reports most park employees haven't received raises in at least four years, and an outside consultant recently found that employees of the parish's much-lauded parks system aren't paid what their peers in similar cities make.
The commission on Thursday gave unanimous support to a plan that will provide pay increases effective March 1 for employees furthest from the market rate. The commission also approved a plan to institute a merit-based pay raise system moving forward, with employee raises from 0 to 5 percent annually depending on job performance.