Chapter 2.48
BASIC COMPENSATION PLAN

Sections:

2.48.010    Plan established.

2.48.020    Definitions.

2.48.030    General provisions.

2.48.035    Pay steps.

2.48.110    Reclassification to higher range.

2.48.112    Retiree health savings plan.

2.48.130    Exclusions and deductions.

2.48.175    Basic pay plan.

2.48.180    Repealed.

2.48.185    Repealed.

2.48.190    Repealed.

2.48.192    Repealed.

2.48.193    Repealed.

2.48.194    Repealed.

2.48.195    Union contract (salaries and wages).

2.48.200    Longevity pay.

2.48.210    Deferred compensation.

2.48.211    Deferred compensation – Firefighters.

2.48.220    Supplemental retirement plan for fire department personnel exempt from Social Security.

2.48.225    Longevity and educational incentive pay for police and fire command ranks.

2.48.230    Administration authorization.

2.48.235    Employee recognition.

2.48.237    Insurance benefits.

2.48.250    Severability.

2.48.010 Plan established.

There is established a basic compensation plan for all employees of the city now employed or who will in the future be employed in any of the classifications of employment set forth in this chapter. (Ord. 3348 § 6, 2019; Ord. 3168 § 1, 2015; Ord. 2608 § 2, 2006; Ord. 609 § 1, 1971; Ord. 256 § 1, 1965)

2.48.020 Definitions.

“Orientation Period Employee.” During the first six months of employment unless otherwise specified in a collective bargaining agreement, in law, or by civil service rules, all employees are in an orientation period and will be trained, coached and evaluated in their ability to perform at a satisfactory level. For these employees, sick leave may be used after the employee has completed one month of continuous employment. Vacation and floating holiday accrue, but cannot be taken during this period. Termination during the orientation period cannot be appealed. Orientation period employees receive all other employee benefits unless specified otherwise in a collective bargaining agreement or by civil service rules. Satisfactory completion of the orientation period does not create an employment contract nor guarantee employment with the city for a specific duration.

“Regular employees” means employees who have completed the orientation period and are in full-time positions, or part-time positions working a minimum of 20 hours per week but less than 40 hours per week on a consistent year-round basis.

“Service” means being present for and performing the duties to which an officer, as employee of the city, has been assigned. (Ord. 2536 § 1, 2004; Ord. 2286 § 2, 1999; Ord. 609 § 1, 1971; Ord. 256 § 2, 1965)

2.48.030 General provisions.

A. Basic. The salary grades and rates stated in the salary schedule ordinance adopted by the city council pursuant to LMC 2.48.175 are established as a “basic pay plan” and “revised basic pay plan” and are to be applied to the several classes of positions as indicated in that salary schedule ordinance, except where otherwise shown in LMC 2.48.190, 2.48.192 and 2.48.195.

B. Work Day. The work day for full-time employees is normally based on an eight-hour shift.

C. Adjustments. General adjustments in salary ranges made hereafter by the city council by virtue of general increases or decreases in salary levels or cost of living in the community shall be appropriate standard salary levels herein provided. Where the salary range for a given class or for the several classes is revised upward or downward, the employees holding positions in classes affected shall have their existing salary adjusted to the same relative step in the new salary range.

D. Overtime.

1. Nonsupervisory personnel and supervisory personnel not identified as “exempt” as defined by the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended, who are called back for duty, for unscheduled work, or required to continue on duty for more than the normal work shift shall be paid at the rate of time-and-one-half for all hours exceeding the normal work shift, provided the overtime had the prior approval of the executive department. Increments of time shall be one-half hour, with the major portion of one-half hour to be paid as one-half hour.

2. Exempt supervisory personnel, as defined by the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended, and as designated in the salary schedule ordinance adopted by the city council pursuant to LMC 2.48.175 by the letter “E,” shall not be eligible for overtime compensation.

E. Step Increase Dates. Adjustments shall be effective on the anniversary date of hire, or of the last step increase for those employees eligible for increase. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to those employees who are covered by the LEOFF Act or other negotiated union agreements.

F. Emergency Response Status.

1. Nonsupervisory personnel and supervisory personnel, as designated in the salary schedule ordinance adopted by the city council pursuant to LMC 2.48.175 by the letter “R,” scheduled to be immediately available for duty other than normal working hours shall be compensated at the same rate as those personnel performing standby duty under the terms of the applicable agreement by and between the city of Lynnwood and the Public, Professional and Office-Clerical Employees and Drivers Local Union No. 763.

2. Pay for emergency response status per evening shall include the hours between the end of the normal working day and the beginning of the following working day, Monday through Thursday.

3. Pay for emergency response status per weekend shall include the hours between the end of the normal working day on Friday and the beginning of the normal working day on Monday.

4. Pay for emergency response status per holiday shall include the hours between the end of the employee’s normal working day which precedes the holiday and the beginning of the normal working day following said holiday.

5. Pay for emergency response status on evenings, weekends, or holidays shall not be duplicated or pyramided.

6. Personnel assigned to emergency response status shall be eligible for additional overtime from the first callback and shall be credited a minimum of one hour on all such callbacks. (Ord. 3242 § 5, 2016; Ord. 3168 § 2, 2015; Ord. 2286 § 2, 1999; Ord. 2178 § 3, 1998; Ord. 2118 § 3, 1996; Ord. 2061 § 1, 1995; Ord. 2017 § 1, 1994; Ord. 1994 § 1, 1994; Ord. 1938 § 1, 1993; Ord. 1887 § 1, 1992; Ord. 1619 § 2, 1988; Ord. 1475 § 1, 1985; Ord. 1374 § 1, 1983; Ord. 1307 § 1, 1983; Ord. 1009 § 2, 1978; Ord. 958 § 1, 1978; Ord. 889 § 1, 1976; Ord. 824 § 1, 1976; Ord. 730 § 1, 1974; Ord. 609 § 1, 1971; Ord. 256 § 3, 1965)

2.48.035 Pay steps.

An employee may be moved from one salary step to another up to the top step of the pay range, upon completion of 12 months of satisfactory service in each step, or otherwise as determined by the mayor. (Ord. 2178 § 5, 1998)

2.48.110 Reclassification to higher range.

An employee may be reclassified from one salary range to another based on the requirements of his or her position. (Ord. 2178 § 6, 1998; Ord. 1094 § 1, 1979; Ord. 609 § 1, 1971; Ord. 454 § 2, 1969; Ord. 256 § 5(f), 1965)

2.48.112 Retiree health savings plan.

A. The city may provide a retiree health savings plan program to all nonrepresented, regular city employees through the International City Management Association Retirement Corporation and the mayor is authorized to execute the necessary documents to establish such plan.

B. Employees may now or later elect to execute a joinder agreement, which authorizes deferral of compensation. The finance director may sign such joinder agreements on behalf of and for the city. (Ord. 2499 § 1, 2004)

2.48.130 Exclusions and deductions.

Separation from the city service due to discharge for cause, resignation from the service of the city while charges are pending or which reflects discredit on the employee shall exclude all accredited service previously accumulated for continued satisfactory service.

All time off duty without pay shall be deducted, except that time off duty for military service during times of national emergency or due to injury in the line of duty shall be considered as accredited service. (Ord. 609 § 1, 1971; Ord. 256 § 5(h), 1965)

2.48.175 Basic pay plan.

The city’s position pay grades and the base pay plan for the position grades shall be as established in the salary schedule adopted by ordinance of the city council, and as that ordinance may be amended, modified, superseded, repealed or reenacted from time to time. (Ord. 3242 § 4, 2016; Ord. 3168 § 3, 2015; Ord. 3094 § 1, 2014; Ord. 2809 § 1, 2009; Ord. 2770 § 1, 2009; Ord. 2769 § 1, 2009; Ord. 2756 § 1, 2008; Ord. 2712 § 1, 2008; Ord. 2705 § 2, 2007; Ord. 2651 § 2, 2006; Ord. 2599 § 2, 2005; Ord. 2540, 2004; Ord. 2474, 2003; Ord. 2438, 2002; Ord. 2402 § 2, 2001; Ord. 2286 § 1, 1999; Ord. 2227 § 2, 1999; Ord. 2178 § 1, 1998)

2.48.180 Basic compensation plan.

Repealed by Ord. 3168. (Ord. 2972 § 1, 2012)

2.48.185 Pay grade classification.

Repealed by Ord. 3242. (Ord. 3222 § 1, 2016; Ord. 3221 § 1, 2016; Ord. 3195 § 1, 2016; Ord. 3186 § 1, 2016; Ord. 3168 § 4, 2015; Ord. 3151 § 1, 2015; Ord. 3138 § 1, 2015; Ord. 3121 § 1, 2015; Ord. 3117 § 1, 2015; Ord. 3094 § 2, 2014; Ord. 3065 § 1, 2014; Ord. 3018 § 1, 2013; Ord. 2875 § 1, 2011; Ord. 2809 § 2, 2009; Ord. 2797 § 1, 2009; Ord. 2795 § 1, 2009; Ord. 2794 § 1, 2009; Ord. 2770 § 2, 2009; Ord. 2769 § 2, 2009; Ord. 2756 § 2, 2008; Ord. 2736 § 1, 2008; Ord. 2719 § 1, 2008; Ord. 2716 § 1, 2008; Ord. 2715 § 1, 2008; Ord. 2712 § 2, 2008; Ord. 2705 § 1, 2007; Ord. 2691 § 1, 2007; Ord. 2690 § 1, 2007; Ord. 2651 § 1, 2006; Ord. 2599 § 1, 2005; Ord. 2548 § 1, 2005; Ord. 2540 § 1, 2004; Ord. 2515 § 1, 2004; Ord. 2514 § 1, 2004; Ord. 2483 § 1, 2004; Ord. 2474 § 1, 2003; Ord. 2444 § 1, 2003; Ord. 2438 § 1, 2002; Ord. 2425 § 1, 2002; Ord. 2411 § 1, 2002; Ord. 2402 § 1, 2001; Ord. 2377 § 1, 2001; Ord. 2371 § 1, 2001; Ord. 2358 § 1, 2001; Ord. 2356 § 1, 2001; Ord. 2323 § 1, 2000; Ord. 2286 § 1, 1999; Ord. 2275 § 1, 1999; Ord. 2230 § 1, 1999; Ord. 2199 § 1, 1998; Ord. 2193 § 1, 1998; Ord. 2188 § 1, 1998; Ord. 2178 § 2, 1998)

2.48.190 Salaries – Wages.

Repealed by Ord. 3348. (Ord. 2437 § 1, 2002; Ord. 2017 § 3, 1994; Ord. 1980 § 3, 1993; Ord. 1929 § 3, 1992; Ord. 1865 § 3, 1991; Ord. 1802 § 1, 1990; Ord. 1727 § 3, 1989; Ord. 1661 § 3, 1988; Ord. 1606 § 3, 1987; Ord. 1555 § 3, 1986; Ord. 1485 § 3, 1985; Ord. 1436 § 3, 1984; Ord. 1374 § 3, 1983; Ord. 1307 § 4, 1983; Ord. 1237 § 3, 1982; Ord. 1163 § 3, 1980; Ord. 1094 § 4, 1979; Ord. 1009 § 5, 1978; Ord. 958 § 6, 1978; Ord. 889 § 4, 1976; Ord. 824 § 5, 1976; Ord. 769 § 3, 1974; Ord. 730 § 9, 1974; Ord. 650 § 3, 1972; Ord. 609 § 1, 1971; Ord. 540 § 2, 1970; Ord. 454 § 4, 1969; Ord. 372 § 2, 1967; Ord. 325 § 1, 1967; Ord. 289 § 2, 1966; Ord. 256 § 8, 1965)

2.48.192 Compensation for council.

Repealed by Ord. 3348. (Ord. 3280 § 1, 2017; Ord. 2904 § 1, 2011; Ord. 2761 § 1, 2008; Ord. 2700 § 1, 2007; Ord. 2437 §§ 2, 3, 2002; Ord. 2401 § 1, 2001; Ord. 2062 § 1, 1995; Ord. 2017 § 4, 1994; Ord. 1802 § 2, 1990; Ord. 1738 § 1, 1989; Ord. 1727 § 4, 1989; Ord. 1661 § 4, 1988; Ord. 1555 § 4, 1986; Ord. 1485 § 4, 1985; Ord. 1436 § 4, 1984; Ord. 1374 § 4, 1983; Ord. 1307 § 5, 1982; Ord. 1237 § 4, 1982; Ord. 1163 § 4, 1980; Ord. 1009 § 6, 1978; Ord. 958 § 6, 1978; Ord. 687 §§ 1, 2, 1973; Ord. 662 §§ 1 – 3, 1971)

2.48.193 Council health insurance benefits.

Repealed by Ord. 3348. (Ord. 3277 § 1, 2017; Ord. 2761 § 2, 2008; Ord. 2587 §§ 1, 2, 2005)

2.48.194 Councilmember waiver and election not to receive per meeting compensation.

Repealed by Ord. 3348. (Ord. 2131 § 1, 1997)

2.48.195 Union contract (salaries and wages).

The salaries, wages and all other provisions contained in this chapter exclude employees covered within a collective bargaining agreement. (Ord. 769 § 4, 1974; Ord. 609 § 1, 1971)

2.48.200 Longevity pay.

Upon completion of the required time of service, employees shall be entitled to longevity pay as per the following schedule.

Longevity is available to regular full-time employees only and shall be based on the employee’s date of hire for regular full-time service. A regular part-time employee moving to regular full-time service will receive credit towards longevity for his/her regular part-time service, based on a prorated valuation of that service as compared to full-time equivalency for the hours allocated to work.

 

 

Per Pay Period Biweekly

Hourly Rate*

Beginning 5th Year

$ 9.23

$0.115

Beginning 8th Year

18.46

0.231

Beginning 11th Year

27.69

0.346

Beginning 15th Year

39.23

0.490

*For computation purposes.

(Ord. 2705 § 3, 2007; Ord. 1555 § 5, 1986; Ord. 1024 § 1, 1979; Ord. 769 § 8, 1974)

2.48.210 Deferred compensation.

A. The city establishes the deferred compensation plan for all regular city employees and authorizes the mayor to execute the Deferred Compensation Employment Agreement and Master Trust Agreement with the International City Management Association Retirement Corporation.

B. Employees may now or later elect to execute a joinder agreement which authorizes deferral of compensation, and the finance officer may sign such joinder agreements on behalf of and for the city. (Ord. 2356 § 4, 2001; Ord. 1181 §§ 1, 2, 1981)

2.48.211 Deferred compensation – Firefighters.

A. The city hereby establishes the deferred compensation plan for all firefighter city employees and hereby authorizes the mayor to execute said deferred compensation employment agreement and master trust agreement with the International City Management Association Retirement Corporation.

B. Firefighter employees may now, or later according to Local Union 1984 contract, execute an employee enrollment form which authorizes deferral of compensation and employer match, with the finance officer authorizing such employee enrollment form on behalf of and for the city. (Ord. 1931 §§ 1, 2, 1992)

2.48.220 Supplemental retirement plan for fire department personnel exempt from Social Security.

A. The city establishes a supplemental retirement plan for firefighter personnel not on the Social Security plan and not represented by the International Association of Firefighters.

B. The city shall match employee contributions to the city’s ICMA Deferred Compensation Plan at the same rate as those personnel under the terms of the applicable agreement by and between the city of Lynnwood and the International Association of Firefighters Local 1984.

C. Changes in contributions to be matched can only be made annually. The employee must notify the city of the percent contribution to be matched, in whole percent increments, up to the maximum allowable, by December 1st for the ensuing year. (Ord. 2207 § 1, 1998; Ord. 2027 § 1, 1995; Ord. 1952 § 1, 1993)

2.48.225 Longevity and educational incentive pay for police and fire command ranks.

A. Employees in any of the command ranks in the Lynnwood police department shall receive longevity and educational incentive pay equivalent to that provided for in the current collective bargaining agreement, covering employees holding the rank of sergeant in the Lynnwood police department. Command ranks shall be inclusive of sworn police officer ranks superior to that of sergeant of police as approved by the Lynnwood city council.

B. Employees in any of the command ranks in the Lynnwood fire department shall receive longevity and education incentive pay equivalent to that provided for in the current collective bargaining agreement, covering employees holding the rank of captain in the Lynnwood fire department. Command ranks shall be inclusive of nonrepresented uniformed firefighter ranks superior to that of fire captain as approved by the Lynnwood city council. (Ord. 2540 § 2, 2004; Ord. 2438 § 2, 2002)

2.48.230 Administration authorization.

The administration is authorized to implement guidelines for execution of the basic compensation plan. (Ord. 2178 § 7, 1998)

2.48.235 Employee recognition.

A. A program of awards as employee compensation is established to recognize length of service. Additional programs of award for meritorious service may be established as provided herein:

1. All city employees, including management employees, shall receive length of service awards, not to exceed a value of $100.00, to be awarded in five-year increments from the date of employment.

2. Additional programs of awards as authorized by this section may be established by resolution of the city council.

B. The mayor shall be responsible for administering the awards programs and may adopt such rules and procedures to implement these awards programs that are consistent with this ordinance and any resolution adopted by the city council. (Ord. 2655 §§ 1, 2, 2006; Ord. 2621 § 1, 2006. Formerly § 2.48.032)

2.48.237 Insurance benefits.

A. Nonrepresented regular full-time employees receive the following insurance benefits subject to the policies of the provider:

1. Medical, dental and vision coverage for themselves and eligible dependents;

2. Access to long-term disability insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance; life insurance, and voluntary insurance products that may be offered from time to time.

B. Changes to the city’s insurance benefits offerings and contribution rate toward insurance benefits shall be determined by a council resolution. (Ord. 2931 §§ 1, 2, 2011)

2.48.250 Severability.

The invalidity of any articles, sections, subsections, provisions, clause or other portion thereof or the invalidity of the application thereof to any person or circumstance shall not affect the validity of its application to other persons or circumstances.