Chapter 3A.02
DEFINITION OF TERMS

Sections:

3A.02.005    Generally.

3A.02.010    Anniversary date.

3A.02.020    Call back pay.

3A.02.030    Repealed.

3A.02.040    Certification.

3A.02.050    Class.

3A.02.060    Classification.

3A.02.070    Classified service.

3A.02.080    Collective bargaining.

3A.02.090    Council.

3A.02.100    Demotion.

3A.02.110    Department head(s).

3A.02.120    Director.

3A.02.130    Dismissal.

3A.02.140    Eligible register(s).

3A.02.150    Employing official.

3A.02.160    Executive.

3A.02.170    Exempt position.

3A.02.180    Full-time employment.

3A.02.190    Repealed.

3A.02.200    In-training appointment.

3A.02.210    Layoff.

3A.02.220    Nepotism.

3A.02.230    Occupational group.

3A.02.240    Official personnel file.

3A.02.250    Part-time employment.

3A.02.260    Pay range.

3A.02.270    Pay status.

3A.02.280    Position.

3A.02.290    Probationary period.

3A.02.300    Promotion.

3A.02.310    Promotional line.

3A.02.320    Reclassification.

3A.02.322    Reduction in force (RIF).

3A.02.325    Regular appointment.

3A.02.330    Resignation.

3A.02.340    Rules or personnel rules.

3A.02.350    Step.

3A.02.360    Suspension.

3A.02.370    Temporary appointment.

3A.02.380    Repealed.

3A.02.390    Transfer.

3A.02.400    Trial service period.

3A.02.405    Vacancy.

3A.02.410    Work area.

3A.02.005 Generally.

The following terms wherever used in these rules shall have the meaning indicated in this chapter except where the context clearly indicates otherwise.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.010 Anniversary date.

The date which signifies the completion of each year of service by an employee in a regular appointment.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984; Amended by Ord. 13-070, Oct. 9, 2013, Eff date Oct. 20, 2013).

3A.02.020 Call back pay.

Pay granted to an employee who actually leaves the work area at the end of the work shift or work week and is requested to return to work by the employing official.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.030 Call in.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984; Repealed by Ord. 13-070, Oct. 9, 2013, Eff date Oct. 20, 2013).

3A.02.040 Certification.

The identification of qualified candidates from various eligible registers by the employing official with the advice and assistance of the director in accordance with certification procedures so that selection to fill a vacant position may be completed.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984; Ord. 04-141, Jan. 19, 2005, Eff date Jan. 31, 2005).

3A.02.050 Class.

One or more positions sufficiently similar with respect to duties and responsibilities that: (1) The same descriptive title may be used to designate each position in the class; (2) The same general qualification requirements are needed for performance of the duties of the class; (3) The same tests of fitness may be used to select employees; and (4) The same schedule of pay can be applied with equity to all positions in the class under the same or substantially similar working conditions.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.060 Classification.

The assignment of an individual position to an appropriate class on the basis of the kind, difficulty, and responsibility of the work of the position.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.070 Classified service.

All positions in the employ of Snohomish county not exempted by chapters 3A.13 and 3.68 SCC. May also be termed classified staff service.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.080 Collective bargaining.

The performance of the mutual obligation of the employer and the exclusive bargaining representative to meet at reasonable times, to confer and bargain in good faith, and to execute a written agreement with respect to those personnel matters over which the employer is obligated by law to collectively bargain.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.090 Council.

The Snohomish county council. Hereafter in these rules referred to as the council.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.100 Demotion.

The change of an employee from a position in one class to a position in another class which has a lower maximum salary.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.110 Department head(s).

Those appointed and elected officials designated as department head(s) by charter or ordinance. Where referenced in these rules, the responsibilities accorded shall be performed by the department head and not normally delegated except when the department head is unavailable.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.120 Director.

The human resources director or the director’s designee.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984; Amended Ord. 94-050, § 2, July 6, 1994).

3A.02.130 Dismissal.

The separation of an employee from employment for cause.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.140 Eligible register(s).

A list or lists of candidates qualified for employment, promotion, demotion or reinstatement by examination or due to other circumstances as described by these rules and who are available for certification.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984; Ord. 04-141, Jan. 19, 2005, Eff date Jan. 31, 2005).

3A.02.150 Employing official.

An administrative, managerial or supervisory employee, appointed or elected, who is responsible for the employment, discipline or termination of employees.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.160 Executive.

The county executive. Hereafter in these rules referred to as the executive.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.170 Exempt position.

A position excluded from coverage of these rules by chapter 3A.13 and 3.68 SCC.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.180 Full-time employment.

Work consisting of at least 35 hours per week.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.190 Incumbent pay rate.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984; Repealed by Ord. 13-070, Oct. 9, 2013, Eff date Oct. 20, 2013).

3A.02.200 In-training appointment.

An appointment where the employee does not fully meet the minimum requirements of training and/or experience for the class and in which a bona fide training program is established to satisfy the deficiency in qualifications within one year from the date of the appointment.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.210 Layoff.

The removal of an employee from the employee’s position because of lack of work, lack of funds, or reorganization.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984; Amended by Ord. 13-070, Oct. 9, 2013, Eff date Oct. 20, 2013).

3A.02.220 Nepotism.

The exercise of preferential treatment based upon familial relationship.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.230 Occupational group.

A grouping within a broad occupational category which encompasses two or more classes in the same specific functional work area and which is defined by the county’s classification plan.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.240 Official personnel file.

A central repository maintained by the director for all records, reports and data concerning each employee’s work history.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.250 Part-time employment.

Work of less than 35 hours per week.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.260 Pay range.

The rate(s) of pay assigned to a classification in the pay plan.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.270 Pay status.

The normal employment situation in which the employee is paid for time worked or where the employee is on paid vacation, sick leave or other paid leave of absence. Unpaid leaves of absence do not qualify as pay status.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.280 Position.

A group of duties and responsibilities requiring the full- or part-time employment of one person on a regular or temporary basis. Position is used interchangeably with the term "job" in these rules.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984; Amended by Ord. 13-070, Oct. 9, 2013, Eff date Oct. 20, 2013).

3A.02.290 Probationary period.

A working test period, to be considered an integral part of the examination process during which an appointee is required to demonstrate his/her suitability for the position by actual performance of its duties.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.300 Promotion.

The change of an employee from a position in one class to a position in another class having a higher maximum salary.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.310 Promotional line.

A series of classes in which service in the lower classification qualifies the employee for the higher classification and where promotion from the lower classification to the higher classification normally occurs.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.320 Reclassification.

The change of a position from one classification to another classification.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.322 Reduction in force (RIF).

The elimination of one or more occupied positions within a specific department, division or office.

(Added by Ord. 13-070, Oct. 9, 2013, Eff date Oct. 20, 2013).

3A.02.325 Regular appointment.

An appointment to a budgeted position vacancy in the classified service. May also be called "regular full-time employment" or "regular part-time employment."

(Added Ord. 89-056, § 2, June 28, 1989; Amended by Ord. 13-070, Oct. 9, 2013, Eff date Oct. 20, 2013).

3A.02.330 Resignation.

The separation from employment by an employee at his/her request.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.340 Rules or personnel rules.

The provisions of this title.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984; Amended Ord. 94-050, § 3, July 6, 1994; Amended by Ord. 13-070, Oct. 9, 2013, Eff date Oct. 20, 2013).

3A.02.350 Step.

Any subdivision(s) of a pay range to which a job classification is assigned.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.360 Suspension.

The temporary separation of an employee from active service with or without pay for a specified period of time for disciplinary reasons.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.370 Temporary appointment.

An appointment of less than six months (1,040 hours in a 12-month period) duration to fill a temporary, emergency or short term need.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984; Amended by Ord. 13-070, Oct. 9, 2013, Eff date Oct. 20, 2013).

3A.02.380 Temporary employee.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984; Repealed by Ord. 13-070, Oct. 9, 2013, Eff date Oct. 20, 2013)

3A.02.390 Transfer.

The change of an employee from one position to another position in the same class or in another class with the same maximum salary.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.400 Trial service period.

A six month working test period following a promotion or reclassification.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).

3A.02.405 Vacancy.

An unfilled position declared a vacancy by the director.

(Added by Ord. 13-070, Oct. 9, 2013, Eff date Oct. 20, 2013)

3A.02.410 Work area.

The employee’s assigned location(s) for carrying out the responsibilities of his/her position which shall include all locations, over which the employer has the right of access or control, where the employee is required to be during his/her work day.

(Added Ord. 84-129, § 2, Nov. 21, 1984).