The Non-Punitive Discipline Program replaces unpaid suspensions with a disciplinary letter which fully equates to a suspension of a specified length (e.g., one day, three days, etc.) and the Union agrees and acknowledges that the disciplinary letter carries the full weight of such a suspension for the purposes of establishing progressive discipline. This process eliminates the financial impact of a suspension on the employee and the employee’s family while still establishing a record of progressive discipline should the offense recur. This process also eliminates the need for the department to replace the employee during the suspension, thereby conserving County funds.
Employees retain the right to appeal non-punitive discipline through the grievance process or to the Civil Service Commission.