When a currently employed extra-help employee takes an extra-help opportunity in a higher-paying classification without a break in service and at the time is receiving a base salary equal to, or greater than, the minimum base rate for the higher classification, that extra-help employee shall be entitled to the next step in the salary schedule of the higher classification which is at least one step above the rate he/she has been receiving, except that the next step shall not exceed the maximum salary of the higher classification.

A break in service is defined as twenty-eight (28) consecutive calendar days during which the extra-help employee was not in a pay status, except where the absence from pay status was due to an approved leave of absence or a period during which the extra-help employee would not normally be scheduled to work.