23.1     Length

Probationary unit members shall undergo a probationary period of One thousand forty (1040) regular hours, unless a longer period, not to exceed Two thousand eighty (2080) regular hours is prescribed by the Civil Service Commission for the class. Individual probationary periods may be extended with good cause upon request of the department head and concurrence of the Human Resources Department Director; however, no probationary period shall exceed Two thousand eighty (2080) regular hours. If a unit member is incapacitated due to medical conditions and is reassigned to work that is not part of their normal duties, the probation period for the primary job will be extended for the duration of the reassignment. The unit member shall be notified in writing of the probationary extension at the time of the reassignment.

Time worked by a unit member 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.

23.2     Regular Appointment

A unit member who is not rejected prior to the completion of the prescribed probationary period shall acquire permanent status automatically. Former permanent unit members appointed from a reemployment eligible list shall be given permanent appointments when reemployed. Permanent unit members who are demoted to lower classes shall be given permanent appointments in the lower class.

23.3     Reemployment in New Classification

A unit member who is laid off and 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 off shall undergo the probationary period prescribed for the class to which appointed. Former probationary unit members 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.

23.4     Rejection During Probationary Period

The appointing authority may terminate a probationary unit member at any time during the probationary period without right of appeal in any manner and without recourse to the procedures provided in Section 31, except when the unit member alleges 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 of rejections during probationary periods, unit members shall be given written notice, with reasons therefor, at once.

The Human Resources Department Director may, upon request by a unit member rejected during the probationary period, restore that unit member’s name to the eligible list for that classification. However, the unit member’s name shall not be certified to the department from which rejected without approval of the department head.

23.5     Transfer Within Existing Classification

Permanent unit members who transfer to another position in the same class shall not be required to undergo a new probationary period in the position into which transferred.

Unit members who transfer to a class in another series or in 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 unit member must sign a statement indicating an understanding of this fact prior to the effective date of the transfer. At the discretion of the Human Resources Department Director, examinations to demonstrate fitness may be required before transfers between separate classes can occur.

If a new probationary period is in force, the unit member 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 a unit member be rejected at a point beyond the window period and the unit member had prior permanent status, they shall have the right to return to their former department if a vacancy in their former classification exists. If no vacancy exists, such unit members shall be placed in the longest standing vacancy, as determined by the requisition form date, County-wide. If no vacancy exists, such unit members shall displace the least senior unit member as determined by Section 12. If no less senior position exists, the unit member shall be removed from County service.