Charles County HARC

CCHARC is now an affiliate of Providence

Please watch this brief message from Karen Adams-Gilchrist, President & CEO, Providence and President & CEO, Charles County HARC:

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Below are some answers to many of the questions you may have. Click on the + button to open the answer to each question.

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What will happen during the integration period?

The integration period is a time to look at the way each organization operates – this includes all our systems, processes, policies and procedures – to ensure everything is aligned to best support our mission. Staff who are knowledgeable about key aspects of the operations of both organizations will play an important role in the evaluation process. Ultimately, the integration process is complete when CCHARC is fully merged and consolidated into Providence.

When will the merger be complete?

We expect the integration process will take several months. Our goal is to complete the process by the end of this fiscal year, June 30, 2023.

Am I still an employee of CCHARC?

Yes. During the integration period, you are an employee of CCHARC. Once the merger is complete, you will become an employee of Providence.

Will the CCHARC agency name change to Providence, and if so, when?

Yes, it will change. As of February 15, 2023, Charles County HARC will operate as an affiliate of Providence under the Providence name. Upon completion of the integration phase the CCHARC name will cease to exist and will become Providence.

How will my job be impacted during the integration period?

We anticipate minimal impacts to your job during the integration period. You will begin to see company-wide communications from Providence to understand Providence’s vision and values and some work to begin the process of onboarding you to Providence. Some staff may also participate in our evaluations of systems, processes, policies and procedures to ensure everything is aligned to best support our mission.

How will the merger benefit me?

Being an Employer of Choice is one of Providence’s key strategic priorities. We know our mission isn’t possible without you and every member of our team, and we believe our Direct Support Staff are the foundation of all that we do. To that end, we have worked hard to offer strong compensation and benefit plans and expand opportunities for professional development training. All of this will be available to you as part of the merger.

Is my job secure? Do I have to reapply to keep my job?

All CCHARC positions will eventually transition over to Providence positions. Job retention is always contingent on job performance. You will not have to reapply. There will be an onboarding process to help us become familiar with you, and for you to become familiar with Providence and to integrate your work with Providence systems.

Will I have a new supervisor?

Direct Support Staff will not see any changes in their supervisor. There will be some changes in administrative staff and its reporting structure. If any additional supervisory changes are required, they will be communicated directly to those affected.

Will I continue to be paid every other week or will that change?

There will be no changes in your pay schedule until July 1, 2023, when all CCHARC employees will migrate to the Providence payroll system and pay schedule, which pays on the 9th and 24th of each month (earlier if those days fall on a weekend or holiday). The final paycheck through CCHARC will be issued July 7, 2023 for the pay period 6/24-6/30/23. CCHARC employees will receive their first Providence paycheck on July 14, 2023 for the pay period 7/1-7/7/23 and their second paycheck on July 24, 2023 for the pay period 7/8-7/15/23. We are looking forward to sharing information on our On-Demand Pay program in July.

Will there be changes in overtime?

We will evaluate CCHARC overtime policy and practices. Non-exempt employees will be paid overtime in accordance with state and federal overtime requirements. For all hours in excess of 40 hours in one (1) week, overtime will be paid at one and one-half (1.5) times their regular rate of pay, unless otherwise required by applicable law. In accordance with policy, all OT must be clearly noted on your time sheet and must be approved by your immediate supervisor.

Will my health insurance change? If not now, when is it expected to change?

Nothing will change whatsoever on your plans or coverage until your current renewal time, which is July 1, 2023. Staff who are familiar with CCHARC and Providence benefits will work together to redesign benefit options that will provide the best access and experience for all staff.  All eligible staff will have an opportunity to select benefits during the open enrollment period in May or June.

What type of employee benefits are offered at Providence?

Providence has an excellent benefits package including Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K with employer match, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability, Short Term Disability, Critical Illness & Accident, Employee Assistance Program, Credit Union Membership, Pet Insurance, On-Demand Pay, Career Paths, Education/Tuition Assistance, Staff Development Program. More information on each of these programs will be sent out during open enrollment.

Will my rate of pay remain the same or increase to match current Providence pay rates?

We will be evaluating positions to align positions and salaries company-wide beginning July 1, 2023. There will be no reduction of salaries as part of this realignment.

Does Providence pay annual raises? What about Christmas and tenure bonuses?

Providence evaluates both raises and bonuses annually based on the financial position of the company. Bonuses, if awarded, are paid in September during DSP week, and raises, if awarded, are typically given in the beginning of the fiscal year, which begins July 1st.  We do not do Christmas and tenure bonuses.

Will my job duties or job description change?

Staff from both organizations will be evaluating certain positions to bring alignment across the organization. We will go through a process of company-wide evaluation of job descriptions and responsibilities to ensure alignment.

Will the policy for leave and leave accrual remain the same or change? What about the allowable number of hours to carry over?

We will be conducting a company-wide evaluation and expect some changes on July 1, 2023. We look forward to sharing more information at an upcoming staff meeting.

Will the current schedule of DSP coverage for all houses continue as-is or will it move to a 7-on / 7-off schedule?

Initially, schedules will remain unchanged. Coverage for houses will be part of our evaluation process and we will work with staff and supervisors who will be impacted to provide input during the evaluation process.

Will the sleep stipend continue and if so, will the rate increase?

The sleep stipend will be part of our evaluation process and we will work with staff and supervisors who will be impacted to provide input during the evaluation process.

May I also be scheduled to work with Providence?

Currently, other Providence locations are in Anne Arundel County, with staff members reporting in and around the Arnold, MD area and in and around the Millersville, MD area. Staff who are scheduled to work less than 40 hours may go through an internal process to regularly work at additional Providence locations. Overtime hours must be pre-approved by the supervisor.

Will we continue to have the same annual holidays?

Holidays will remain as-is until July 1, 2023, when we expect some changes to bring everything into alignment across the organization. Certain holidays may be added or removed as part of this alignment.

Will I need to retake training courses at Providence that I now have with CCHARC?

We will evaluate the current training process to determine what will be needed to bring everyone into alignment. Career tracks, development and training will be available beginning July 1, 2023.

Is the new name Providence Center, or Providence?

In spring 2022 Providence Center officially changed its legal name to Providence of Maryland, Inc. We do business and market our organization as Providence.  

To more accurately reflect the work we do to support people to live their best lives in their communities we removed the word “Center” from our name. Changing our name is the first step in a rebranding project to ensure our name, logo and overall brand best represent our vision and who we are as an organization. 

We are still in the early stages of our rebranding project and are now working to redesign our logo to incorporate our new name. Future steps include refining our overall brand and look, creating a new website, and updating our social platforms, signage, and collateral.  

Until our rebranding is complete, and even though our existing collateral stills reads as “Providence Center,” we are now referring to ourselves as simply “Providence.” 

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