Extra-help and limited term employees will have opportunity to apply for working-out-of-class opportunities. When feasible, the County will offer work-out-of-class assignments to interested permanent employees who meet the minimum qualifications of the position prior to offering such assignments to extra-help employees. If offered, it is the employee’s responsibility to inform management of their interest in work-out-of-class assignments. Departments will solicit interest in such assignments via bulletin board posting, internal memo, and/or email within the department or division as the department deems appropriate. The intent of this section is to provide additional career development opportunities to extra-help and limited term County employees when such assignments do not cause unreasonable disruptions to the work environment or work production.
When feasible, the County will offer to rotate interested employees in previously identified long-term (more than twenty (20) days) work-out-of-class assignments, and the County will notify the Union when this occurs. The intent of this section is to provide additional career development opportunities to permanent County employees when such assignments do not cause unreasonable disruptions to work environment or work production.
When an employee has been assigned in writing by the department head or designated representative to perform the work of a permanent position having a different classification and being paid at a higher rate, and if they have worked in such classification for five (5) consecutive workdays (or four (4) consecutive workdays for employees on a four (4) day workweek, or where due to a County holiday, the workweek is only four (4) days), they shall be entitled to payment for the higher classification, as prescribed for promotions in subsection 5.6 of this MOU, retroactive to the first workday and continuing during the period of temporary assignment, under the conditions specified below:
- The assignment is caused by the temporary or permanent absence of the incumbent, or the assignment is caused by a special project or need;
- The employee performs the duties regularly performed by the absent incumbent, or at the classification level for the special assignment and these duties are clearly not included in the job description of their regular classification;
- The temporary assignment to work-out-of-class which extends beyond twenty (20) working days be approved by the Human Resources Director, a copy of the approval form to be given to the employee; and
- A copy of the department head’s written approval must be submitted in advance to the Human Resources Director. If the Director determines that they will not approve pay for work in the higher class which exceeds twenty (20) workdays, the employee will be so notified and have the opportunity to discuss this matter with the Director whose decision shall be final.
The County shall not schedule work-out-of-classification assignments in a manner so as to purposely avoid paying work-out-of-class pay as described in this Section.