Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Employee Benefits and Costs
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You may transfer to a civil service position in another County department which
is either the same classification or a different classification with the same salary
and similar qualifications. You must have both permanent status within civil service
and have passed probation in your classification to be considered for transfer.
Refer to Civil Service Rule 1000
for additional information.
The Human Resources Division Web site includes transfer opportunities on its Career Opportunities page.
You may also want to contact the departments that you are interested in to determine
if a vacancy exists or is anticipated.
Yes. The probationary period for transfers is 60 days.
No. A voluntary demotion assumes that, because you were successful in a higher classification
with higher pay, you should be qualified to perform satisfactorily in a lower classification.
It is important to remember that you cannot return to your former position if things
don't work out.
Your increment date changes if you are promoted to a different classification. If
you transfer to another position in the same classification, your increment date
will not change.
Yes. Refer to Civil Service
Rule 704.10 for details about promotional probationers.
Promotions within a flexible classification are not automatic. Your department must
recommend that, due to your performance, you merit promotion to the next level.
Discuss with your supervisor what steps you might take to improve your chances of
being considered for promotion.
Yes. Such changes may be necessary to carry out the work of the department.
No. In some cases, shift bids and other conditions of employment are addressed in
the Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) negotiated between the County and the unions
that represent defined groups of County employees. Individual departments may also
have policies about work assignments. Find Your MOU
No. Departments have the authority to change assignments. If you believe that your
work is significantly different from that typically done by others within your classification,
you may request a classification review.
No. It applies only to your retirement benefits.
Longevity pay starts at the beginning of the pay period after the employee has become
eligible. Consult the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that applies to your position
for details. Find Your MOU
If you take a county civil service exam during your regular work hours, you will
be paid. If an exam is given on a day that is not a scheduled workday, you will
not be paid overtime.
After a reclassification has been approved by the Civil Service Commission, the
Board of Supervisors must amend the salary ordinance. The reclassification is usually
effective at the beginning of the pay period following Board action. Consult your
department payroll clerk for the exact date.
In most cases, those who seek information contained in your file must have your
permission by way of a signed release, or court-ordered subpoena.
Contact the Human Resources Division at least 2 business
days prior to the time you wish to review the file. When you come to review the
file, you will be asked to present photo ID and to complete a simple form which
verifies that you reviewed the file.
The performance evaluation process provides you with the opportunity to have your
evaluation discussed with you by your department head. If you still disagree after
that discussion has taken place, you may submit a written rebuttal through your
department head to the Employee Relations Officer within 30 days of your performance
evaluation. Your rebuttal will be retained in your personnel file.
The rights and responsibilities of employees who have been dismissed, suspended,
or demoted are addressed in Civil Service
If you have not exhausted the limits of the type of leave that applies to your situation,
you may appeal your department's refusal to the Civil Service Commission. Refer
to Civil Service Rule 1200 for
As a courtesy to your department, the customary 2 weeks' notice is recommended.
To resign in good standing from Kern County, a minimum of 1 week's notice must be
No. Terminal vacation is only permitted when an employee retires.
If you leave the County in good standing, you may request to be placed on a re-employment
list for positions in your former classification. See Civil Service Rule 505 for requirements and time limits
or contact Kern County Human Resources for details.
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