Sonoma County Deputy Public Defender Attorneys’ Association

Memorandum of Understanding
between The County of Sonoma
and SCDPDAA
2018 - 2019

Table of Contents

Article 1: Preamble

Article 2: Recognition

Article 3: Effective Dates and Renegotiation

Article 4: Management Rights

Article 5: Association Rights

  • 5.1 Release Time

Article 6: Salary Administration and Other Compensation

  • 6.1 Salary Scales and Adjustments
  • 6.2 Salary upon Employment
  • 6.3 Salary – Consideration upon Reappointment or Return
  • 6.4 Salary upon Restoration
  • 6.5 Salary upon Promotion
  • 6.6 Advanced Salary upon Promotion
  • 6.7 Salary upon Demotion during Probation (Failed Probation)
  • 6.8 Salary upon Involuntary Demotion
  • 6.9 Salary upon Voluntary Demotion
  • 6.10 Salary upon Reappointment from Voluntary Demotion
  • 6.11 Temporary Assignment to a Higher Class
  • 6.12 Temporary Promotion – Merit Increase Eligibility
  • 6.13 Salary upon Reallocation of Class
  • 6.14 Salary upon Reclassification of Position - Same Salary
  • 6.15 Salary upon Reclassification of Position - Higher Salary
  • 6.16 Salary upon Reclassification of Position - Lower Salary
  • 6.17 Merit Advancement
  • 6.18 Deputy Public Defender III Temporary Assignment Premium Pay
  • 6.19 Deferred Compensation – County Paid Program
  • 6.20 Deferred Compensation – Voluntary Plan
  • 6.21 PST/457 Deferred Compensation Retirement Plan
  • 6.22 Hourly Cash Allowance
  • 6.23 Mileage Reimbursement
  • 6.24 Bilingual Pay
  • 6.25 One-Time, Lump Sum, Non-Recurring And Pensionable Payments
  • 6.26 Total Compensation Comparison

Article 7: Hours of Work

  • 7.1 Purposes of This Article
  • 7.2 Work Schedules
  • 7.3 Work Hours 
  • 7.4 Overtime In A Board-Designated Emergency

Article 8: Bar Dues

Article 9: Staff Development

  • 9.1 Staff Development and Wellness Benefit Allowance – Amount
  • 9.2 Staff Development / Wellness Benefit Allowance – Computer Hardware And Mobile Devices
  • 9.3 Staff Development – Additional Amount
  • 9.4 Annual Staff Development/Wellness Allowance
  • 9.5 Continuing Education Leave
  • 9.6 In-Service Training Authorization
  • 9.7 Article 9, Staff Development, Non-Grievable

Article 10: Health & Welfare Benefits for Active Employees

  • 10.1 Active Employee Health Plans
  • 10.2 Enrollment in County Offered Health (Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance) Plans
  • 10.3 Employee Assistance Program
  • 10.4 Long-Term Disability Benefit
  • 10.5 Workers Compensation
  • 10.6 Health Benefits during Medical / Pregnancy Disability Leave
  • 10.7 Health Benefits during Leaves of Absence – Non-Medical Leaves Without Pay
  • 10.8 Continuation of Employee Paid Health Benefits Coverage
  • 10.9 Part-Time Employees – Health Benefits during Leave Of Absence
  • 10.10 COBRA Continuation Rates
  • 10.11 Salary Enhancement Plans
  • 10.12 Benefits: Plan Documents and Other Controlling Documents

Article 11: Medical Benefits for Future Retirees

  • 11.1 Retiree Medical Coverage
  • 11.2 County Contribution toward Retiree Medical Plans – Employees Hired Before January 1, 2009
  • 11.3 County Contribution toward Retiree Medical Plans – Employees Hired On or After January 1, 2009, Effective January 1, 2009
  • 11.4 Surviving Dependents – County Contribution for Employees Hired Before January 1, 2009
  • 11.5 Surviving Dependents – County Contribution for Employees Hired On or After January 1, 2009

Article 12: Holidays

  • 12.1 Scheduled Holidays
  • 12.2 Elimination of Floating Holidays and Holiday Eve Hours
  • 12.3 Holidays – Observed
  • 12.4 Holidays – Compensation for Holidays
  • 12.5 Floating Holiday

Article 13: Vacation

  • 13.1 Vacation – Maximum Accumulation
  • 13.2 Vacation – Part-Time Employees
  • 13.3 Vacation – Accrual Rates
  • 13.4 Vacation Accrual upon Reappointment
  • 13.5 Vacation Schedules
  • 13.6 Payment for Unused Vacation

Article 14: Sick Leave

  • 14.1 Sick Leave Benefit For Employees in Allocated Positions
  • 14.2 Sick Leave Use
  • 14.3 Sick Leave Documentation
  • 14.4 Sick Leave Conversion At Regular Retirement
  • 14.5 Sick Leave Payoff At Regular Retirement
  • 14.6 Sick Leave Distribution At Death Or Layoff
  • 14.7 Sick Leave Payoff At Disability Retirement
  • 14.8 Medical Examinations

Article 15: Miscellaneous Leaves of Absence

  • 15.1 Leaves of Absence without Pay Usage Reference Table
  • 15.2 Compassionate Leave
  • 15.3 Family Care and Medical Leave Under FMLA and CFRA
  • 15.4 Time Off For Donating Blood
  • 15.5 Court Leave
  • 15.6 Jury Duty
  • 15.7 Voting
  • 15.8 Sabbatical Leave – Requirements
  • 15.9 Disaster Leave
  • 15.10 Paid Parental Leave

Article 16: Grievance Procedure

  • 16.1 Purpose
  • 16.2 Definitions
  • 16.3 Representation
  • 16.4 Initiation Deadline
  • 16.5 Time Limits
  • 16.6 First Step
  • 16.7 Second Step Grievance
  • 16.8 Second Step Response
  • 16.9 Third Step Grievance
  • 16.10 Third Step Response
  • 16.11 Mediation
  • 16.12 Arbitrable Grievances
  • 16.13 Selection Of Arbitrator
  • 16.14 Arbitration Issues
  • 16.15 Arbitrator’s Authority
  • 16.16 Binding / Non-Binding Decision
  • 16.17 Arbitrator’s Decision Due
  • 16.18 Arbitration Expenses Shared

Article 17: Layoff Policy and Benefits

  • 17.1 Layoff – Applicability
  • 17.2 Layoff – Notice
  • 17.3 Layoff – Severance Period
  • 17.4 Layoff – Medical Benefits

Article 18: Retirement

  • 18.1 Retirement – Credit For Prior Public Service
  • 18.2 Retirement – Employees Hired On Or Before December 31, 2012 Or Qualified For Pension Reciprocity
  • 18.3 Retirement – Employees Hired On Or After January 1, 2013

Article 19: Miscellaneous Provisions

  • 19.1 Employment In More Than One Position
  • 19.2 Continuous Service
  • 19.3 Personal Property
  • 19.4 Direct Deposit
  • 19.5 Discrimination Prohibited – EEO
  • 19.6 Conflict Of Interest / Incompatible Activities
  • 19.7 Distribution of Memorandum of Understanding
  • 19.8 MOU – Invalidation of Article / Section
  • 19.9 Health Care Reform Reopener
  • 19.10 Domestic Partner
  • 19.11 Favored Nations

Article 20: Full Performance

  • 20.1 No Strike Obligation
  • 20.2 No Lockout

Article 21: Full Understanding, Modification and Waiver

  • 21.1 MOU – Full Understanding
  • 21.2 MOU – Modification
  • 21.3 Full and Unqualified Meet and Confer Waiver
  • 21.4 MOU – Non-Precedent Setting
  • 21.5 Civil Service Commission Authority – No Limit
  • 21.6 Full Force And Effect

Article 22: Enactment

Appendix A: Salary Table

Contact Information

Human Resources Department
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Contact us by Phone
Address
575 Administration Drive
Room 116 B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.465237, -122.725363

Labor Negotiation Updates

Bargaining Unit Contacts

Karen Thompson
President
Phone: (707) 565-2074
karen.thompson@sonoma-county.org

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