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SECTION 2-214 HOURS OF WORK AND OVERTIME

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Secs. 2-214.01 Hours of Work

(a). The City shall establish the hours of work in accordance with the operational needs of the City.

(b) The Department Heads shall schedule the work as necessary to provide full service, but should attempt to avoid overtime work except where operationally necessary.

(c) Unless otherwise provided by a CBA, employees shall be scheduled for an unpaid lunch break of not less than one-half (1/2) hour but not more than one (1) hour and a paid break before and after lunch, not to exceed fifteen (15) minutes each. return to top

Secs. 2-214.02 Regular Work Week or Period

Except for employees on a Section 207(k) schedule in the Fire or Police Department or as otherwise provided by a CBA:

(a) The regular workweek for regular full-time employees shall be forty (40) hours in a seven (7) day period. The City Manager may establish the basic work schedule and hours of work best suited to meet the needs of the departments and the City to provide proper service to the community. Nothing in these rules shall be construed as a guarantee or limitation of the number of hours to be worked per week.

(b) The basic work schedule shall be from Monday through Friday of each week unless specified or scheduled by the City Manager to meet the particular requirements of the City or individual departments. When the City Manager deems it necessary, work schedules may be established other than the basic Monday through Friday schedule.

(c) Lunch and break periods are scheduled at the discretion of the Department Heads or designee.

  1. Breaks are a privilege, not a fringe benefit, and must be arranged so as not to interfere with City business.
  2. Employees may be allowed one work break during the first half of their work shift and one break during the second half, provided:

    1. Breaks will be taken on the job site unless the supervisor has approved departure from the job site.
    2. A break shall not exceed 15 minutes in duration.
    3. Unused work breaks shall not be accumulated.
    4. Break time will not be authorized to cover an employee's late arrival or early departure from work.
  3. All employees shall ensure there is no disruption in service to the public during absence from the work areas for break purposes.
  4. If the work load of the department is such that an employee break will impair service to the public, the Department Head or supervisor may deny a work break or reduce the time allowed for a work break. return to top
Secs. 2-214.03 Assignment and Working Overtime

(a) Overtime will be authorized or directed only when it is in the interest of the City and is the most practical and economical way of meeting workloads or deadlines. Employees are to work only overtime as authorized but must report all hours worked to ensure compliance with the FLSA regardless of whether the work is authorized or not.

(b) Employees are required to work overtime when assigned unless excused by their supervisor. An employee desiring to be excused from overtime work assignments shall submit a request to his immediate supervisor who shall rule on the request. return to top


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