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As used in this Chapter, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) Agency. The term "Agency" shall mean such office as the Mayor shall designate to administer and enforce this Chapter.
(2) Bona fide economic reason. The term "bona fide economic reason" in connection with the discharge of parking employees means the full or partial closing of operations or technological or organizational changes to the business, resulting in a reduction in revenue or profit.
(3) Discharge. The term "discharge" means any cessation of employment, including termination, constructive discharge, layoff, reduction in hours and indefinite suspension.
(4) Parking employer. The term "parking employer" shall mean any individual, partnership, association, corporation or business trust or any person or group of persons, or a successor thereof, that employs one or more parking employees, including any such entity or person acting directly or indirectly in the interest of the employer in relation to the parking employee. More than one entity may be the parking employer if employment by one parking employer is not completely disassociated from employment by the other parking employer.
(5) Just cause discharge. The term "just cause discharge" means a discharge for a parking employee's failure to satisfactorily perform job duties or misconduct that is demonstrably and materially harmful to the parking employer's legitimate business interests.
(6) Parking employee. The term "parking employee" means any person employed on the premises of a public parking garage, public parking lot, or for a valet parking operator, as defined in The Philadelphia Code subsections 9-601(1)(a)(.1), (.2), and (.7), respectively.
(7) Progressive discipline. The term "progressive discipline" means a disciplinary system that provides for a graduated range of reasonable responses to a parking employee's failure to satisfactorily perform such employee's job duties or misconduct that is demonstrably and materially harmful to the parking employer's legitimate business interests, with the disciplinary measures ranging from mild to severe, depending on the frequency and degree of such failure or misconduct.
(8) Reduction in hours. The term "reduction in hours" means a reduction in a parking employee's hours of work that totals at least fifteen percent (15%) of the employee's weekly work schedule.