When warranted and in the interest of County operations, the department head may assign employees to “on-call” status. This Section clarifies the existing process for the assignment of On-Call work for employees represented by the DSA sworn bargaining unit. For the purpose of this Section 11 only, each of the special assignments listed in subsection B below shall constitute an organizational unit.
B. On-Call Assignments
1. Regular and Required On-Call Assignments: All employees in the following special assignments are assigned regular and required on-call hours for which they earn on-call pay:
a. Detectives (including Detective Bureau, Airport Detectives, and Transit Detectives)
b. Bomb Squad
c. OES Liaison
d. DA Inspector
C. Process for Assignment of On-Call Hours
1. Regular and required on-call assignments, and re-assignments as needed due to employee absences, will be assigned on a rotating schedule and equitably distributed to all employees in the special assignment.
2. For voluntary on-call assignments, the Department will solicit volunteers on a rolling basis, and assignments will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Individual voluntary on-call assignments may be assigned in the absence of sufficient volunteers.
D. On-Call Compensation
Effective the first pay period of January 2018, employees shall be paid an hourly rate of four dollars and forty cents ($4.40) for time in which they are required to be in an on-call status. Effective the first pay period following ratification and Board of Supervisors’ approval of a successor MOU in 2021, employees shall be paid an hourly rate of five dollars and forty cents ($5.40) for time in which they are required to be in an on-call status.
E. Minimum Call Back
Employees in an on-call status required to report back to work during off-duty hours shall be compensated for a minimum of two (2) hours.
Employees not in an on-call status required to report back to work during off-duty hours shall be compensated for a minimum of three (3) hours.
Hours worked contiguous with the employee’s regular shift shall not be subject to call back pay. Employees receiving callback pay shall not be entitled to on-call pay simultaneously.
F. Court Overtime
When an employee is assigned to Telephone Stand-by, is assigned to testify in any court proceeding as part of their official duties, or is subpoenaed or required by the County to appear in Criminal Court, Civil Court, or a hearing board in the employee’s capacity as a County employee, and is not scheduled to be on-duty during any portion of the appearance, upon reporting to the court or location of the hearing, the employee shall receive a minimum of four (4) hours pay at time and one-half (1.5) the employee’s regular rate of pay, or the actual amount of time spent in court, whichever is greater.