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 class and being paid at a higher rate, and if he/she has worked in such class for 5 consecutive workdays, he/she shall be entitled to payment for the higher class, as prescribed for promotions in the County Ordinance Code, retroactive to the first workday and continuing during the period of temporary assignment, under the conditions specified below:

(1)        The assignment is caused by the incumbent’s temporary or permanent absence;

(2)        The employee performs the duties regularly performed by the absent incumbent and such duties are clearly not included in the job description of his/her regular class;

(3)        The temporary assignment to work out of classification which extends beyond twenty working days be approved by the Human Resources Director, a copy of the approval form to be given to the employee; and

(4)        A copy of the department head’s written approval must be submitted in advance to the Human Resources Department. If Human Resources does not approve pay for work in the higher class, which exceeds 20 workdays, the employee will be so notified and have the opportunity to discuss this matter with the Human Resources Director whose decision shall be final.