In addition to the salary provisions described in Section 6.1 above, employees in the classifications of Deputy Sheriff, Sheriffs Correctional Officer and District Attorney Inspector shall receive experience pay at the following rates:
2% at the beginning of the 12th year
3% at the beginning of the 15th year
4% at the beginning of the 18th year
5% at the beginning of the 20th year
Such experience pay shall be paid bi-weekly, beginning on the first full pay period after the above periods of service with the County of San Mateo, for the classification of Deputy Sheriff and District Attorney Inspector based on total years of California Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) qualified peace officer experience service for the County of San Mateo and/or on total years of qualified California correctional officer experience service for the County of San Mateo. Such experience pay shall be paid biweekly, beginning on the first full pay period after the above periods of service, for the classification of Sheriffs Correctional Officer based on total years of qualified California correctional officer experience service for the County of San Mateo. This experience pay shall be calculated as the above stated percentage of the employee’s current step base pay. Base pay shall be defined as the base salary listed in the County salary schedules and shall not include employer pick up of the employee’s retirement contribution or any differentials or premium pays.
6.3 Except as herein otherwise provided, the entrance salary for a new employee entering County service shall be the minimum salary for the class to which appointed. When circumstances warrant, the Human Resources Director may, upon recommendation of the department head, approve an entrance salary which is more than the minimum salary. The Human Resources Director’s decision shall be final. Such a salary may not be more than the maximum salary for the class to which that employee is appointed unless such salary is designated as a Y rate by the Board of Supervisors.
6.4 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 as follows. All increases shall be effective at the beginning of the next full pay period.
(1) 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 class. If an employee is appointed at a step higher than the first step of the salary range for that class, the first merit increase shall be after completion of 2080 regular hours of satisfactory service.
(2) After completion of 2080 regular hours 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 class until the top of the range is reached.
(3) 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:
if the merit increase period is completed during the first week of a pay period the increase will be made effective the start of the then current pay period.
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 period.
(4) Upon the 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.
6.5 Employees shall be considered for salary step increases according to the date of their appointment or the revised salary adjustment hours balance. Changes in employees’ salary because of promotion, upward reclassification, postponement of salary step increase or special merit increase will set a new salary adjustment hours balance for that employee, which balance shall be as stated in the preceding paragraph.
Employees who are rejected during the probationary period and revert to their former class shall return to the salary adjustment hours balance held in the former class unless otherwise determined by the Human Resources Director. The salary adjustment hours balance for an employee shall not be affected by a transfer, downward reclassification or a demotion.
A permanent employee accepting provisional employment in a higher or different class in the County Classified Service, who reverts to the former class, shall retain the salary adjustment hours balance in the former class on the same basis as if there had been no such provisional appointment.
Salary range adjustments for a class will not set a new salary adjustment hours balance for employees serving in that class.
Upon recommendation of the appointing authority and approval of the Human Resources Director provisional, temporary, seasonal and extra help 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. Also, upon recommendation of the appointing authority and approval by the Human Resources Director, continuous service in a provisional, temporary, or extra help capacity shall be added to service in a regular established position for purposes of determining an employee’s salary adjustment hours balance, eligibility for salary increases, and vacation and sick leave accrual. However, such service may not be added if it preceded a period of over twenty-eight consecutive calendar days during which the employee was not in a pay status, except when the employee is absent due to an injury or disease for which they are entitled to and currently receiving Worker’s Compensation benefits.