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Western Council of Engineers (WCE)

2023 - 2026 WCE Memorandum of Understanding: Article 4: Definitions

Non-Application: None of the following definitions are intended to apply in the administration of the County Employee's Retirement Law of 1937 or to the County's Civil Service Ordinance nor the Rules of the Civil Service Commission.

Article 4: Definitions

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Alternative Work Schedule

A regular schedule that is other than the standard 5/8 schedule (eight hours per day, five days per week). Examples include a 4/10 schedule (ten hours per day, four days per week) or a 9/8/1 schedule (8 nine-hour days and 1 eight-hour day with one day off in a biweekly pay period). Such alternatives are offered to allow workable schedules for employer and employee and must not create overtime as required under any of the Articles of this agreement or as required by law.

Appointing Authority

The board, commission, group of persons, officer or person having the power by lawfully delegated authority to make appointment to or removal from positions in the County service.

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Base Hourly Rate

The base hourly rate shall be the hourly rate corresponding to the salary step in the salary range to which the employee is assigned.

Bi-Weekly Pay Period

Fourteen (14) consecutive calendar days which begins on a Tuesday and ends with the second Monday thereafter.

Break in Service

A break in employment from the County such as a termination or resignation. A break in service does not occur because an employee is on an unpaid status.

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Calendar Year

January 1 through December 31

Compensatory Time

Time off with pay at the base hourly rate to which an employee is entitled, as provided for in this Memorandum, instead of cash compensation.


The County of Sonoma, the Sonoma County Water Agency, any of its organizational units, boards and commissions, as administratively determined by the County; may include appointing authority, Board of Supervisors, Chief Administrative Officer or a supervisor.

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Domestic Partner

A "domestic partnership" shall exist between two persons, one of whom is an employee of the County, covered by this Memorandum of Understanding, and has a valid Declaration of Domestic Partnership per California Family Code Section 297

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Emergency Operations

The performance of County functions or services necessary, in the opinion of the County, to protect or preserve the lives, safety, health, or property of the County.


Any person legally employed by the County and a member of the Bargaining Unit represented by the Council.

Employee Full-Time

An employee who is employed in an allocated position which is regularly scheduled for eighty (80) hours of work in each pay period.

Employee 3/4 Part-Time

An employee who is employed in an allocated position which is regularly scheduled for at least sixty (60) hours but less than eighty (80) hours of work per pay period.

Employee Part-Time

An employee who is employed in an allocated position which is regularly scheduled for no less than thirty-two (32) hours but less than sixty (60) hours of work per pay period. Unless otherwise specified in the Memorandum, the term "part-time employee(s)" shall include both employee 3/4 part-time and employee part-time.

Extra Help Employees

As defined in the Civil Service Rules and not represented by this Bargaining Unit.

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Flex-Time Work Schedule 

A non-regular work schedule with or without a consistent pattern as to the number of work hours per day or week, but an arrangement whereby the employee is obligated to perform work and be responsible for flexing the hours of his/her own work schedule in accordance with arrangements agreed to by the employee and the County. Employees assigned to a flex-time work schedule will be eligible for overtime only when the hours worked exceeds eighty (80) in a pay period.

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Paid Status

Whenever an employee is at work, absent on a paid holiday, absent on leave with pay, or absent on authorized compensatory time off.

Probationary Employee

An employee who is serving a probationary period as provided in the Civil Service Rules.

Probationary Period

A period which is used for the adjustment and evaluation of a newly appointed or reassigned employee as provided for in the Civil Service Rules.

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Regular Work Day

A 24-hour period containing a specified number of hours of work (normally 8, 9, or 10 consecutive hours of work) and normally interrupted by a meal break.

Regular Work Schedule

The determination by the County of an employee's specific work days, work weeks, and work shifts, established on a regular, ongoing basis.

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Means only wages and premiums, but does not include benefits such as insurance, vehicle use, paid leaves or other economic benefits.

Salary Scale

The salary level for any given classification. The salary scale shall consist of nine salary steps, each approximately two and one half percent (2-1/2%) apart and identified with the letter "A" through "I". Each salary scale shall be identified by a number that shall correspond with the cents per hour of the "A" step of that salary scale. Similarly, each step of the salary scale shall be expressed in cents per hour.

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Work Shift

The hours that an employee is scheduled to work within a regular or split workday.

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