Probationary employees shall undergo a probationary period of 1040 regular hours, unless a longer period, not to exceed 2080 regular hours is prescribed by the Civil Service Commission for their classifications.
Individual probationary periods may be extended with good cause upon request of the department head and concurrence of the Human Resources Director; however, no probationary period shall exceed 2080 regular hours. If an employee is incapacitated due to medical conditions and is reassigned to work that is not part of the employee’s normal duties, the probation period for the primary job will be extended for the duration of the
reassignment. The employee shall be notified in writing of the probationary extension at the time of the reassignment.
Time worked by an employee in a temporary, extra-help, or provisional status shall not count towards completion of the probationary period. The probationary period shall start from the date of probationary appointment.
- Regular Appointment
An employee who is not rejected prior to the completion of the prescribed probationary period shall acquire permanent status automatically. Former permanent employees appointed from a reemployment eligible list shall be given permanent appointments when re-employed. Permanent employees who are involuntarily demoted to lower classifications shall be given permanent appointments in the lower classifications.
- Reemployment in New Classification
An employee who is laid offand subsequently appointed as a result of certification from a general employment eligible list to a position in a different classification than that from which laid offshall undergo the probationary period prescribed for the class to which appointed. Former probationary employees whose names were placed on a reemployment eligible list before they achieved permanent status shall start a new probationary period when appointed from a reemployment eligible list.
- Rejection During Probationary Period
The appointing authority may terminate a probationary employee at any time during
the probationary period
without right of appeal in any manner and
without recourse to the procedures provided in Section 38 (Grievances) hereof, except
when the employee alleges, arid substantiates in writing that the termination was due to discrimination prohibited by county, state or federal statutes
or regulations. If discrimination is alleged, the appeal
or grievance shall
be decided solely
on the basis of whether
or not the termination was due to discrimination; and unless it is determined that there was discrimination, the
person or persons
hearing the appeal or grievance shall
not substitute their
judgment for that
of the appointing authority. In case
during probationary periods, employees shall be given written notice, with reasons therefor, at once. The Human Resources Director may, upon request by an employee rejected during his/her probationary period, restore that employee’s name to the eligible list for that classification. However, the employee’s name shall not be certified to the department from which rejected without approval of the department head.
- Transfer Within Existing Classification
Permanent employees who transfer to another position in the same classification within the same department shall not be required to undergo a new probationary period in the position into which transferred.
Employees who transfer within the same class to another department may be required by the department head to start a new probationary period. If a new probationary period is a condition for transfer, the employee must sign a statement indi(?ating an understanding of this fact prior to the effective date of the transfer.
If a new probationary period is in force, the employee shall have a window period of twenty-eight (28) days from the date of transfer to elect to return to his/her former position. Should an employee be rejected at a point beyond the window period, they shall have the right to return to their former department if a vacancy in their former classification exists. If no vacancy exists, such employees shall be placed in the longest standing vacancy, as determined by the requisition form date, County-wide. Should the longest standing vacancy entail “unusual” work hours, the employee shall have the one-time option of returning to the second longest standing vacancy should one exist. (“Unusual” shall mean work hours or work week dissimilar to those of the position from which or to which the employee was promoted.) If no vacancy exists, such employees shall displace the least senior employee as determined by Section 14. If no less senior position exists, then the employee shall be removed from County service.