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BilingualCompensation Mileage Reimbursement
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Call-Out & Stand-By Pay Shift Differential
Compensatory Time Uniform Allowance
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Bilingual Compensation

The City of Mesa recognizes the importance of having bilingual employees to communicate with the citizens of Mesa in order to meet their needs. Further, the City believes it is appropriate to compensate employees who have demonstrated their knowledge, skill and ability in speaking Spanish or using sign language to the extent that they meet the requirements provided in this policy.  This policy may accommodate compensation for additional languages should the need arise in the future.

Basic Level Certification - Basic level certification requires proficient communication skills which prove the employee has the ability to obtain and communicate basic information with citizens and includes such skills as using and understanding simple greetings, introductions, numbers, addresses, money, days of the week, months of the year, members of the family, interrogative words, pronouncing and using names correctly, and giving and following general directions in the second language. Employees certified at the basic level receive an additional $0.29 per hour ($0.207 per hour for 56-hour firefighters), which is approximately $50 per month depending on the number of hours worked.

Intermediate Level Certification - In addition to the requirements of the basic level, the intermediate level requires an individual to be able to communicate with a higher level of proficiency, which may include communication of technical language and instructions. Employees certified at the intermediate level should be able to read and write in the second language, or communicate with hearing impaired persons at a more detailed and complex level with little or no difficulty. Employees certified at the intermediate level receive an additional $0.58 per hour ($0.414 per hour for 56-hour firefighters), which is approximately $100 per month depending on the number of hours worked.


Bus Passes

The City of Mesa has a 100% subsidized bus pass program available to its employees.  Ride a bus to work....it helps reduce pollution, it's easy and it's a great way to meet new people.  Best of all, it's FREE to ride!  Check out Valley Metro's Web site for a bus route near you.  

 

Call-Out & Stand-By Pay

Stand-by pay is payment received by an employee to compensate the employee for being required to be available to provide emergency services during a specified period. 

Call-out pay is pay received by an employee for actually working during a time the employee is not normally scheduled to work, in response to an emergency.  Employees who are called out to work after their regular shift ends will receive a call-out premium of one and one-half (1-1/2) times the hourly rate for each hour of overtime worked.


Compensatory Time

The City's objective is to provide the highest level of service to its citizens at all times. Accordingly, there are occasions when employees are required to work beyond a normal, scheduled workday. To provide quality service and control costs, the City provides a compensatory time program for overtime worked by nonexempt full-time employees.

Compensatory time for nonexempt employees is accrued at the same rate as overtime; that is, for each hour of overtime worked, one and one-half hours of the compensatory time is granted.  Full-Time employees may accumulate a maximum of 100 hours compensatory time (66.6 hours of overtime worked, 100 hours of compensatory time).  Part-Time employees may accumulate a maximum of 50 hours compensatory time (33.3 hours of overtime worked, 50 hours of compensatory time).
 


Mileage Reimbursement

Mileage will be reimbursed when using a personal vehicle for City business at the rate allowed by the federal government.  Temporary agency workers are not eligible for mileage reimbursement as they are not allowed to drive personal vehicles. 


Overtime

Overtime Schedules: All classified non-exempt employees except those identified above shall be eligible to receive overtime compensation for hours worked in excess of forty (40) hours during any work week, or two hundred four (204) hours in a twenty-seven (27) day work period fire personnel working a twenty-four (24)-hour shift. For purposes of calculating overtime, the following paid time off categories will be considered time worked: observance of a holiday (except for Critical City Services and Essential Personnel), vacation, discretionary time (i.e., personal time), voting, jury duty/witness, bereavement, military leave, administrative leave, and donated leave.  The following paid time off categories will not be considered time worked: sick and compensatory time.

Fire personnel working a twenty-four (24)-hour shift are eligible to receive overtime compensation for hours worked in excess of two hundred four (204) hours during the twenty-seven (27) day work period.

Effective July 1, 2012, for purposes of calculating overtime for fire personnel working a twenty-four (24)-hour shift, the following paid time off categories will be considered time worked: vacation, sick, discretionary time (i.e., personal time), voting, jury duty/witness, bereavement, military leave, administrative leave, and donated leave.  The following paid time off category will not be considered time worked: compensatory time and observance of a holiday. 

Eligible employees, when authorized to work overtime, shall be compensated at one and one-half (1-1/2) times the hourly rate for each hour of overtime worked.  
 
Shift Differential

Shift differential is paid to eligible employees on a night shift.  A night shift is a shift of eight (8) or more hours which starts after 2:00 pm  Eligible employees will receive shift differential for all work performed from 3:30 pm to 8:00 am.  Part-time employees (benefited or non-benefited) in eligible classifications will receive shift differential if working an eight (8) hour shift for all work performed from 3:30 pm to 8:00 am. 

 
Uniform Allowance

Specifically identified positions at the City of Mesa participate in a uniform allowance or uniform provision program.  Sworn employees (Police and Fire) have an allowance for their uniform purchases; the City will provide uniforms to employees in non-sworn position classifications when it is required that the employee wear a uniform on the job.

 

 

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