§ 39.121  OPERATION OF PLAN; STEP ADVANCEMENT.
   (a)   Except as otherwise provided in this section, an employee's eligibility for step advancements within the city's position classification and pay plan is pursuant to the completion of the waiting period within each step as shown in the following table:
 
From Step
To Step
Waiting Period in Months
1
2
12
2
3
12
3
4
12
4
5
12
5
6
24
6
7
24
7
8
24
8
9
24
 
   (b)   New employees under the city's classification and pay plan will start at step 1 except as specifically provided in § 39.124. Upon completing the waiting period in each step as shown in division (a) above, the employee will advance to the next step unless cause for denial is shown by the employer. If cause is shown by the employer and an employee is denied step advancement at the time of eligibility, the employer may grant the employee that step advancement at any time thereafter.
   (c)   The employee's anniversary date for purposes of step advancement eligibility will be the month and day of the actual hire date unless cause for denial is shown by the employer. When a step is denied, the anniversary date for future step advancement eligibility will be the effective date of the next step increase that is granted.
   (d)   Should an employee be absent from the job on unpaid leave for more than 30 days during the waiting period for step advancement eligibility, the waiting period for that step will be extended for a period of time equal to the absence, and the employee's anniversary date for future step advancement eligibility will be adjusted to the effective date of the next step increase that is granted.
   (e)   If step advancement is granted, it shall be granted on the first day of the biweekly pay period which is nearest to the anniversary date of the employee.
   (f)   A midmanagement employee may be eligible for an annual accelerated step advancement under the city's position classification and pay plan. Accelerated step placement will be based upon documented excellence in employee performance. Any acceleration of step advancement for excellence in performance must be recommended by the director and approved by the director of human resources and the mayor.
(1957 Rev. Ords., § 2.210; 1992 Code, § 30-97)  (Ord. 2669, passed 3-3-1970; Ord. 84-75, passed 12-15-1975; Ord. 100-76, passed 11-29-1976; Ord. 130-81, passed 12-28-1981; Ord. 41-83, passed 6-27-1983; Ord. 97-83, passed 11-21-1983; Ord. 24-91, passed 3-25-1991; Ord. 87-91, passed 11-25-1991; Ord. 37-95, passed 3-6-1995; Ord. 4-01, passed 1-8-2001; Ord. 73-01, passed 8-6-2001; Ord. 97-16, passed 8-9-2016)