The Human Resources Department recruits, trains and supports the staff necessary for the basic operation of County government. The Department also supports the management staff of Dorchester County toward its goal of effectively utilizing our most valuable resource, our employees. This effort includes organizing employment activities, developing policies and procedures, administering the County's benefits and compensation programs, providing training, coordinating award and recognition programs, as well as facilitating employee relations and interventions.
This Department also provides employees with services ranging from performance counseling and wellness programs to benefits education and problem solving. These and other project objectives are accomplished in a state- of-the-art management environment based on team building, group decision making and flexible job designs. These techniques are used to model new approaches to productivity and organization effectiveness.
This Department Does
- Recruit prospective employees by attending job fairs, advertising, collecting applications, etc.
- Orient new employees
- Process job applications and personnel actions
- Develop and deliver countywide training programs
- Administer benefits and compensation programs
- Maintain the Human Resources Information System (HTE)
- Coordinate the performance appraisal process
- Interpret personnel policies and procedures
- Handle employee complaints and grievances
- Monitor compliance with legal requirements
- Administer award and recognition programs
- Coordinate Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
This Department Does Not
- Handle workers' compensation claims
- Issue payroll checks
- Have direct oversight of safety functions
- Interview and/or hire applicants for other departments
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How can I find out about available positions in Dorchester County government?
A: Visit the Employment section of this web site, visit Job Service or stop by the Human Resources Department.
Q: Have you received my application? What is the status?
A: Communication regarding the status of an application is directed through the individual departments
COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act): A federal law that allows employees and their eligible dependents to retain some group insurance benefits with the employer upon separation from employment or loss of insurance benefits under specific conditions.
EAP (Employee Assistance Program): A confidential service provided to County employees. Private providers are contracted to provide confidential counseling services to employees.
EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity): A system of employment practices under which employees are not excluded from any participation, advancement or benefits because of their sex, age, race, color, national origin, religion, veteran status, disability or other factors which cannot lawfully be the basis for such employment actions.
Exempt Status Employees: Employees who are paid a salary and are exempt from the minimum wage and overtime provisions of the FLSA.
Non-exempt Status Employees: An hourly employee who is covered by the FLSA.
FLSA (The Fair Labor Standards Act)-- A federal law that establishes the standards, guidelines and provisions of maximum work hours, minimum wage and overtime pay for employees.
HTE: An integrated computer database of County employee information.