Section 1. Work Day and Work Week. The normal work day shall be defined as ten (10) consecutive hours for road deputy sheriffs and dispatchers. The normal work week shall be defined as four (4) consecutive work days for deputy sheriffs and dispatchers. All time in excess of the hours worked in the normal work day and normal work week, forty (40) hours, Sunday through Saturday, shall be compensated as provided in Section 2. The definition of the normal work day or the normal work week may be made only by mutual agreement between theUnion and the Employer. An exception to the definition of the normal work week may be made for any deputy sheriff assigned to a “relief deputy” schedule.
Each officer shall be allowed a thirty (30) minute meal period per tour of duty. This meal period shall be considered out of service time during which the officer will be subject only to priority calls. Officers will be allowed to take periodic coffee breaks as long as they are not out of service and properly perform their assignments.
Section 2. Overtime Payment. All overtime in excess of the hours required of an officer by reason of the officer’s regular duty, as noted in Section 1, whether of an emergency nature or of a non-emergency nature, shall be paid at one and one-half (1 ½) times his/her actual hourly rate of pay for work performed in excess of hours in a given work day payable in excess of forty (40) hours. Hours worked in this Section and in Section 1 above include hours compensated for furlough/vacation and holidays. Compensatory time may be paid in lieu of overtime payment if the officer in his discretion so elects. Compensatory time will be calculated at the same rate as overtime pay. Overtime rate shall be computed on the basis of completed fifteen (15) minute segments. Comp time shall be granted at such times and in such time logs as are mutually agreed upon between the involved officer and a supervisor; permission to utilize comp time shall not be unreasonably denied by the supervisor if operational requirements will not be adversely affected. Comp time shall be granted in blocks of that officer’s normal tour of duty.
In the event an emergency is declared by the Employer as many of the officers shall be continued on duty for such number of hours as may be necessary.
It is understood that training assigned by the Employer is considered time worked for the purposes of this Section. Additionally, time spent in transit on extradition trips beyond the hours in the normal work day are subject to overtime compensation.
Section 3. Call Back. A call-back is defined as an official assignment of work, which does not continuously precede or follow an officer’s regularly scheduled working hours. Officers reporting back to the Employer’s premises at a specified time on a regularly schedule work day shall be compensated for two (2) hours at the appropriate overtime rate or be compensated for the actual time worked, whichever is greater, at the overtime rate.
Section 4. Court Time. Officers covered by this Agreement required to attend court outside their regularly scheduled work hours shall be compensated at the overtime rate with a minimum of two (2) hours.
Section 5. Work Schedule. Work schedules showing the officer’s normal shifts, work days, and hours for the quarter shall be posted on all department bulletin boards at all times, fourteen (14) days prior to beginning of schedule. Officers shall not have their schedules changed in order to accommodate the scheduling of part-time/auxiliary employees or to avoid payment of overtime pay.
Section 6. Voluntary Assignments/Extra Shifts. Voluntary overtime assignments or extra shifts (including extradition assignments) within a division shall be offered to officers on the basis of seniority and needs of the Employer through use of a turn sheet. When an overtime shift occurs, the officer shall be contacted by phone. If the officer accepts the assignment or refuses, his name shall go to the bottom of the turn sheet. In the event of a refusal or unavailability, the next officer on the turn sheet shall be called. The Employer reserves the right to assign overtime when volunteers are not available, or if a special need of the Employer exists. Assignments requiring specialized skills or certifications (i.e. DARE, canine, etc.) are not subject to the turn sheet.