DATE: November 5, 2006
TO: All Managers
FROM: Casey Echarte, Employee Relations Manager
SUBJECT: Assignment to Work at an Alternative Location
In some circumstances, it may be appropriate during the course of an investigation and/or during the Skelly process for an employee accused of wrongdoing to be kept away from their regular work location.
Unless required by a governing agency, this should be the exception rather than the rule, and discussed with Employee Relations and/or County Counsel prior to implementation. In determining whether to leave the accused employee in their regular work area, assign them to work at home, or to assign them to another location/set of duties, the following issues will be discussed:
- Could the employee hinder the investigation by corrupting data or removing/destroying other evidence?
- Could the employee cause further harm if left in their current position? (e.g. A Social Worker accused of inappropriate behavior with a child)
- Is the employee a potential threat/danger to others?
- Are there other governing agency requirements? (e.g. State requirement to remove a health care employee accused of abuse)
If the department determines to assign the employee to an alternative location, a letter will be given to the employee, informing them of this arrangement, the duration of which will be kept to the shortest amount of time that circumstances warrant.
COUNTY OF SAN MATEO
HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT
|TO:||All Management and Supervisory Employees|
|FROM:||Nicole McKay, Employee & Labor Relations Manager|
|SUBJECT:||Employee Relations Bulletin 19
It is clear that providing rest breaks is beneficial to both workers and the County. Full-time workers are allowed one fifteen minute rest break prior to and after their mid-shift meal break. Part-time workers are allowed one fifteen minute rest break during any four hour work shift. For most workers, this equates to a lunch break and two rest breaks — one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The fifteen minute rest breaks are paid, the mid-shift meal break is not.
Unusual circumstances may occasionally occur that do not allow workers to be released for rest breaks. Rest breaks cannot be accumulated or “banked” for the purpose of taking longer breaks or leaving work early. If rest breaks are not taken, they are lost. Meal breaks must be no less than 1/2 hour, and cannot be skipped to reduce the work day.
We are also often asked how long an employee may work without being required to take a meal break. Employees are required to take a meal break of no less than 30 minutes if they work five hours or more.