Section 5. Salaries
5.1 Salary Ranges
The rates of pay set forth in the Exhibits represent for each classification the standard hourly rate of pay as of May 14, 2023. Salary adjustments for extra-help shall occur at the time and in the same percentage of general salary and equity adjustments for parallel regular classifications. Salary adjustments for extra-help in classifications for which there is no parallel regular classification shall occur at the time and in the same percentage of the general salary adjustments.
The rates of pay set forth in the Exhibits represent the total compensation due extra-help, except for overtime compensation and other benefits specifically provided for by the Board of Supervisors or by this Memorandum of Understanding.
The rates of pay set forth in the Exhibits do not include reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses for traveling, subsistence, and general expenses authorized and incurred incident to County employment.
Effective the first full pay period following Unions’ ratification and Board of Supervisors’ adoption of a successor MOU in 2023, extra help employees in active paid status as of the date of payment will receive a lump sum payment as a non- discretionary incentive to ratify the agreement, prorated using a tiered approach of FTE equivalent for the 22/23 fiscal year, as follows:
Each employee in active paid status as of the date of payment who has worked between 0.9 FTE and 1.0 FTE will receive a lump sum payment of two thousand dollars ($2,000)
Each employee in active paid status as of the date of payment who has worked between 0.5 FTE and 0.89 FTE will receive a lump sum payment of one thousand dollars ($1,000)
Each employee in active paid status as of the date of payment who has worked between 0.25 FTE and 0.49 FTE will receive a lump sum payment of five hundred dollars ($500)
For the purpose of the above proration, 1.0 FTE is equal to 2,080 hours in a fiscal year. The above FTE status will be determined based on actual hours worked in the 22/23 fiscal year. It is the intent of the parties that the lump sum payments will not be treated as salary or wages, as the payments are not provided as compensation for hours of employment or longevity pay. The lump sum payments will not be included in overtime/regular rate of pay calculations, and there will be no roll up effect of the lump sum payments. The County will withhold taxes from lump sum payments in accordance with federal and state requirements.
5.2 Entrance Salary
Except as herein otherwise provided, the entrance salary for a new extra-help employee entering County service shall be the minimum salary for the class to which they are appointed. When circumstances warrant, the Director of Human Resources may, upon recommendation of the department head, approve an entrance salary which is more than the minimum salary. The Director of Human Resource’s decision shall be final. Such a salary may not be more than the maximum salary for the class to which that extra-help employee is appointed.
5.3 Salary Step Increases
Extra-help employees shall be considered by the appointing authority for advancement to the next higher step in the salary schedule for their respective classes based on hours served in that classification as defined below. All increases shall be effective as described below. Salary range adjustments for a classification will not set a new salary advancement hours balance for extra-help employees serving in that classification.
Hours of Service Necessary for Step Increases:
After completion of one thousand forty (1040) regular hours satisfactory service in Step A of the salary schedule, and upon recommendation of the appointing authority, the extra-help employee shall be advanced to the next higher step in the salary schedule for the classification. If an extra-help employee is appointed at a step higher than the first step of the salary range for that classification, the first merit increase shall be after completion of two thousand eighty (2080) regular hours of satisfactory service.
(1) After the completion of two thousand eighty (2080) regular hours satisfactory service in each of the salary steps above A, and upon recommendation of the appointing authority, the extra-help employee shall be advanced to the next higher step in the salary schedule for the classification until the top of the range is reached.
(2) If an extra-help employee completes the one thousand forty (1040) or two thousand eighty (2080) hours in the middle of a pay period, the extra-help employee shall be eligible for an increase as follows:
if the merit increase period is completed during the first week of a pay period, the increase will be made effective with the start of the then current pay period.
if the merit increase period is completed during the second week of a pay period, the increase will be made effective with the start of the next pay period.
(3) If an operating department verifies in writing that an administrative or clerical error was made in failing to submit the documents needed to advance an extra-help employee to the next salary step on the first pay period when eligible, said advancement shall be made retroactive to the first pay period when eligible (i.e. upon completion of required hours of service and recommendation of appointing authority). Within two (2) pay periods of the manager’s discovery of the issue, the manager will submit the documents to advance the employee to the next step. This section also applies to fully flexibly staffed promotions in which case the advancement shall be made retroactive to the first pay period when approved by the appointing authority.
5.4 Flexibly-Staffed Series
Upon recommendation of the department head, an extra-help employee hired into the entry level of a flexibly-staffed series may advance to the journey level within that series based on length of service, satisfactory performance, and ability to meet minimum requirements of the higher class.
5.5 Salary Step When Salary Range is Revised
Whenever the salary range for a class is revised, each incumbent in a position to which the revised schedule applies shall remain at the same step as in the previous range, unless otherwise specifically provided by the Board of Supervisors.
5.6 Salary Step After Entering a Higher-Paying Extra-Help Classification
When a currently employed extra-help employee takes an extra-help opportunity in a higher-paying classification without a break in service and at the time is receiving a base salary equal to, or greater than, the minimum base rate for the higher classification, that extra-help employee shall be entitled to the next step in the salary schedule of the higher classification which is at least one step above the rate they have been receiving, except that the next step shall not exceed the maximum salary of the higher classification.
A break in service is defined as twenty-eight (28) consecutive calendar days during which the extra-help employee was not in a pay status, except where the absence from pay status was due to an approved leave of absence or a period during which the extra-help employee would not normally be scheduled to work.
5.7 Salary Step After Entering a Lower-Paying Extra-Help Classification
When a currently employed extra-help employee takes an extra-help opportunity in a lower-paying classification, that extra-help employee’s compensation shall be adjusted to the salary prescribed for the lower-paying classification, and the specific rate of pay within the range shall be determined by the Director of Human Resources, whose decision shall be final.
If an extra-help employee is hired into an extra-help classification they previously held, the extra-help employee shall be placed at the same step in that classification which the extra-help employee held last.
5.8 Salary Step Defined
For purposes of salary administration in this contract a step is defined as 5.74%.