3.1. Attendance at Meetings
County employees who are official representatives of the Council shall be given reasonable time off with pay, including reasonable travel time, to:
- Formally meet and confer or consult with management representatives on matters within the scope of representation;
- To be present at hearings where matters within the scope of representation are being considered;
- To testify or appear as the designated representative of the Council in settlement conferences, hearings, or other proceedings before the Public Employment Relations Board, in matters relating to an unfair practice charge; or
- To testify or appear as the designated representative of the Council in matters before the Civil Service Commission.
The use of official time for these purposes shall be reasonable and shall not interfere with the performance of County services as determined by the County. Such representatives shall submit written requests for excused absences to the Human Resources Director at least two (2) working days prior to the scheduled meeting whenever possible. Except by agreement with the Director of Human Resources, the number of employees excused for such purposes shall not exceed three (3) individuals at any one time.