Section 18. Review of Extra Help Assignments
18.1 Assignment Limits
Employment of Extra Help employees (excluding those in positions designated as “Relief,” as defined in Exhibit C of this MOU, and “Limited Term”) in an extra help assignment is limited to a maximum of one thousand forty (1,040) hours in a fiscal year, unless a request for an exemption is filed by the department and approved by the County Human Resources Director or designee. On a monthly basis, Human Resources will provide the Unions with a list of approved exemptions. Exemptions are limited to the following circumstances: ongoing temporary absence of a regular employee, ongoing short-term variation in workload, ongoing short-term special project or assignment, ongoing formal pilot program, and temporary filling of a vacant position.
18.2 Review of Extra Help Positions
At the Union’s request, not to exceed on a semi-annual basis, the Director of Human Resources, or their designee, shall meet with AFSCME and SEIU representatives to discuss the unions’ recommendations and justifications for conversion of extra help hours to permanent positions.
Human Resources will communicate the Unions’ recommendations and accompanying justifications directly to the operating departments. Nothing precludes the Unions from having a separate meeting with the operating departments to discuss their recommendations. Operating departments will incorporate such recommendations as they deem feasible in preparing their recommended budgets for the fiscal year, within the context of budget constraints. The conversion of extra help hours to regular positions will be made within the context of the available budget.
In addition to the above, the County will provide updates regarding extra help and limited term positions at labor management budget meetings. In the event the County cancels a labor-management budget meeting, the County will email the Union representatives with updated report(s).