AFSCME 5.3 Salary Step Increases

Permanent and probationary employees serving in regular established positions shall be considered by the appointing authority on their salary anniversary dates for advancement to the next higher step in the salary schedule for their respective classes based on hours served in that classification as defined below . All increases shall be effective at the beginning of the next full pay period. . Salary range adjustments for a classification will not set a new salary anniversary date for workers serving in that classification.

Hours of Service Necessary for Step Increases

  • After completion of 1040 regular hours satisfactory service in Step A of the salary schedule, and upon recommendation of the appointing authority, the employee shall be advanced to the next higher step in the salary schedule for the classification. If an employee is appointed at a step higher than the first step of the salary range for that classification, the first merit increase shall be after completion of 2080 regular hours of satisfactory service.
  • After the completion of 2080 regular hours of satisfactory service in each of the salary steps above A, and upon recommendation of the appointing authority, the employee shall be advanced to the next higher step in the salary schedule for the classification until the top of the range is reached.
  • If an employee completes the 1040 or 2080 hours in the middle of a pay period, the employee shall be eligible for an increase as follows:
    1. if the merit increase period is completed during the first week of a pay period the increase will be made effective with the start of the then current pay period.
    2. if the merit increase period is completed during the second week of a pay period the increase will be made effective with the start of the next pay period.
  • If an operating department verifies in writing that an administrative or clerical error was made in failing to submit the documents needed to advance an employee to the next salary step on the first pay period when eligible, said advancement shall be made retroactive to the first pay period when eligible. This section also applies to fully flexibly staffed promotions in which case the advancement shall be made retroactive to the first pay period when approved by the appointing authority.

Special Merit Increases

Upon recommendation of the appointing authority and approval by the Human Resources Director, employees may receive special merit increases at intervals other than those specified in this Section. The Human Resources Director’s decision shall be final. Changes in an employee’s salary because of promotion, upward reclassification, postponement of salary step increase, or special merit increase will set a new salary advancement hours balance for that employee.

Salary Step if Rejected During Promotional Probation

Employees who are rejected during the probationary period and revert to their former classification shall return to the salary advancement hours balance held in the former class unless otherwise determined by the Human Resources Director. The salary advancement hours balance for an employee shall not be affected by a transfer, downward reclassification or a demotion.

General Salary Range Adjustments

Salary range adjustments for a classification will not set a new salary advancement hours balance for employees serving in that classification.

Prior Service Credits

  • A permanent employee accepting provisional employment in a higher or different class in the County Classified Service, and who reverts to the former classification, shall retain the salary advancement hours balance in the former class on the same basis as if there had been no such provisional appointment.
  • Upon recommendation of the appointing authority and approval by the Human Resources Director, provisional and temporary employees shall be advanced to the next higher step in the salary schedule upon completion of the periods of service prescribed in this Section, provided that their service has been satisfactory. Continuous service in provisional, temporary, seasonal or extra-help capacity shall be added to service in a regular established position for the purpose of determining an employee’s salary anniversary date, eligibility for salary increases, as well as vacation and sick leave accrual.

However, such service may not be added if it preceded a period of over twenty-eight (28) consecutive calendar days during which the employee was not in a pay status, except when the employee is absent from his/her position by reason of an injury or disease for which he/she is entitled to and currently receiving Workers’ Compensation benefits.