8.1  Authorization

All compensable overtime must be authorized by the appointing authority or designated representative prior to being worked. If prior authorization is not feasible due to emergency condi­tions, a confirming authorization must be made on the next regular working day following the date on which the overtime was worked. Overtime worked must be in the job class in which the person is regularly employed or in a class for which the employee is authorized higher pay for work in a higher class.

8.2 Definition

Except as otherwise defined herein, any authorized time worked in excess of a forty (40) hour weekly work schedule shall be con­sidered overtime and shall be compensable at the rate of one and one-half times the overtime worked whether compensated by monetary payment or by the granting of compensatory time off. Extra help shall be paid at the overtime rate after having worked forty (40) hours during their normal work week, which is a fixed and regularly recurring period of seven (7) consecutive twenty-four (24) hour periods. Only designated work groups are eligible for overtime as defined in this MOU.

For purposes of determining eligibility for overtime compensation for Sheriff’s Office employees, only holiday time off on County-recognized paid holidays shall be considered time worked. All other absences with pay shall not be considered as time worked, except vacation and CTO shall count as hours worked when the employee is called back to work after regular hours pursuant to Section 8.4 of the MOU.

For Deputy Coroners, for the purposes of determining eligibility for overtime compensation, any absences with pay, except paid sick leave, shall be considered time worked.

The smallest increment of work­ing time that may be credited as overtime is six (6) minutes. Portions of six (6) minutes worked at different times shall not be added together for the purpose of crediting overtime.

8.3 Overtime Compensation

Employees will be compensated for overtime worked either by monetary payment or by compensatory time off, at the option of the employee. Comp time which accrues in excess of ninety-six (96) hours must be liquidated by monetary payment. All monetary payments for overtime must be paid not later than the next biweekly payroll following the pay period in which the overtime was worked.

8.4 Call-Back Pay

Employees 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.

8.5 Compensatory Time Off

Utilization of compensatory time off shall be by mutual agreement between the department head and the employee. Accrued comp time must be used by employees in Work Group 2 prior to retirement or termination; otherwise, it shall be forfeited. The smallest increment of comp time which may be taken off is six (6) minutes.

An employee wishing to use their accumulated compensatory time must provide reasonable notice to their supervisor. If reasonable notice is provided, the request will only be denied if the request is unduly disruptive to the operations of the department. Reasonable notice is defined as at least seven (7) calendar days. Requests for compensatory time off made with less than seven (7) calendar days’ notice shall be granted at the discretion of the employee’s supervisor.