Section 32. Bilingual Pay
A salary differential of Seventy Dollars ($70.00) biweekly shall be paid to incumbents of positions requiring bilingual proficiency as designated by their respective Department Heads or their designee. Said differential shall be prorated for employees working less than full-time or who are in an unpaid leave of absence status for a portion of any given pay period.
Bilingual pay is effective the first pay period after Human Resources certifies the result of the bilingual exam. Under no circumstances is bilingual pay retroactive.
Designation of positions for which bilingual proficiency is required is the sole prerogative of the Department and is based on operational and staffing needs of the Department. Human Resources will oversee the bilingual examination, certify exam results and determine effective date of bilingual pay of any individual submitted by the Department for testing. The Union shall be provided listings of employees receiving bilingual pay on a biweekly basis.
Individuals who promote or transfer to another position or Department will be reevaluated by the receiving Department to determine if bilingual pay should be continued. Should bilingual pay be continued, the Department must submit a request for continuation with the Human Resources Department.
If any employee’s request for bilingual pay consideration is denied by the Department, such denial shall be subject to appeal to the Human Resources Director whose decision shall be final.
32.1. Hiring and Selection
The County will continue to recruit and hire unit members based on a specific need for bilingual skills.
All unit members hired to fill positions requiring bilingual skills will be tested for bilingual proficiency. Employee requests for bilingual testing will be referred to the Human Resources Department Director’s designee whose decision regarding bilingual assignment shall be final.
32.3. Continued Use of Bilingual Language Skill
Unit members hired to fill positions requiring bilingual skills may be required to remain in bilingual pay positions. Unit members who were selected to fill positions requiring bilingual skills during the implementation of the bilingual program will be allowed to voluntarily leave such positions provided management can reasonably replace said unit members and there are sufficient positions within the classification that said unit member can fill. Nothing herein precludes any of the above specified unit members from promoting to higher classifications.
Transfers of unit members occupying bilingual pay positions shall be in accordance with County policy and practice and shall not be in violation of the Memorandum of Understanding. It is recognized that utilization of a bilingual skill may be the sole reason for transfer in order to meet a specific County need.
All unit members in supervisory positions, as opposed to working lead persons, will not be eligible for bilingual pay.
Management shall periodically review the number and location of bilingual pay positions. If the County decides to reduce the number of filled positions in a specific division or location eligible for bilingual pay, the County shall provide individual unit members with one full pay period of notice prior to loss of the bilingual pay eligibility.
Administration of the bilingual pay plan will be the overall responsibility of the Human Resources Department. Any disputes concerning the interpretation or application of the administration of bilingual pay shall be referred to the Human Resources Department Director, whose decision shall be final.