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  • Check out this clarification of Flexible Work Schedules

    Do you work a flexible work schedule?

    Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry recently wrote a clarification of the flexible work schedule policy. Here's what he had to say: 

    Recently, there have been some questions about flexible work schedules. Personnel Policy 8-104 authorizes Appointing Authorities discretion to establish work shift start and end times for employees within their departments. Basically, an Appointing Authority may schedule employees to start and end their eight-hour work days at times work best for the department, provided there is adequate coverage from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.  I would expect the flexible start times for office staff to be no earlier than 7:00 am nor later than 9:00 am.  Flexible start times for field staff may need to vary from this for summer and winter starts as early as 6:30 am.
    Each non-elected Appointing Authority wishing to schedule employees for other than a standard work week (of five eight-hour work days) is required to submit a written request to me.  The request must include a legitimate business reason for deviations to the standard full-time work schedule for my approval prior to implementation. Previously approved exceptions should be resubmitted for review and re-approval at least annually.  The most common such deviations would be for departments with normal operations that continue all day, such as operation of our Wastewater facilities, and work crews for other Public Works departments.  If an employee is scheduled to work eight hours Monday through Friday of each week, however, the Appointing Authority can set the schedule without my approval.
    Personnel Policy 8-104 A. reads:
    Work schedules are established at the discretion of the Appointing Authority.
    Except for Elected Officials, Appointing Authorities must submit deviations from the stated work schedule to the County Administrator for approval and must emphasize how an alternative work schedule will improve or positively impact County operations.
    Merit System Rule 1.75 reads:
    WORK SCHEDULE:  Time(s) an employee is scheduled to work within the work week and pay period consisting of five (5) eight (8) hour shifts, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding holidays, as provided by law.
    Flexible work schedules can benefit the community, the workplace and employees.  Flex schedules supports Pima County’s Climate Protection Resolution 2017-51 and SAPCO programs to reduce greenhouse gases, vehicle idling and the use of single-occupancy vehicles, by staggering start times to avoid traffic congestion.  Because the primary contributor to air pollution in our area is vehicles on our roads, it also helps Pima County maintain attainment status for ozone.

    Also, check out the clarification posted to the County Administrator's memo page. 
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