The County and the Council shall continue to work on best practices to ensure labor access to new employees for the purpose of educating them on their representation opportunities. Toward that goal, the County shall administer an opportunity for the Council to meet with new employees as follows:

All new employees are encouraged to attend the first new employee benefits orientation following the commencement of their employment. New employee Benefits Orientation is scheduled for every other Monday, and the Council will have up to thirty (30) minutes at the end of each session to provide information regarding its organization to its represented employees and members. One (1) member designated by the Union will be granted release time for this purpose, unless otherwise agreed to with Employee Relations.

The Council will be copied on the New Employee Orientation invitation sent to Council-represented workers.

For employees who do not attend a benefits orientation within the first month of their employment, the Council may schedule, at the supervisor’s discretion, up to thirty (30) minutes with each employee to meet directly with them to provide information. Release Time requested for this activity will be reviewed and approved by Employee Relations under normal Release Time processes.