2. Definitions

The term “Commission” used alone shall mean the Civil Service Commission.

The term “Director” used alone shall mean the Human Resources Director.

The term “office” shall mean the Office of Human Resources.

The terms “regular appointee” or “regular appointment” shall mean any appointee or appointment in the Classified Service other than a temporary, provisional, or emergency appointee or appointment.

The term “position” shall mean any specific employment for the performance of certain duties and for the exercise of certain responsibilities by one individual.  A position may be either occupied or vacant.

The term “class” shall mean a group of positions sufficiently similar with respect to duties and responsibilities that the same descriptive title may be used to designate each position allocated to the class, that the same entrance qualifications may be required of applicants for employment, that the same tests of fitness may be used to choose qualified employees, and that the same rate of pay may be applied with equity to all positions in the class.  (E.g. Clerk-Typist I)

The term “ungraded class” shall refer only to classes for which there are contracts establishing a single rate or very narrow range of rates which prevail in industry in the local area; or in which employment is always intermittent, or is paid for on a basis other than actual hours worked.  All other positions are graded.

The term “grade” shall mean a group of classes of positions sufficiently similar with respect to the level of duties and responsibilities, or with respect to the prevailing rates of pay in this area for comparable work, that the same pay rates may be applied with equity to all classes of positions in the grade.

The term “internal” shall refer to employees who have been certified into a classified position.

The term “internal only” shall refer to examinations open to employees who have been certified into a classified position.

The term “longevity step” includes the five-year step and all steps thereafter.

The terms “open entrance” or “open eligible” shall refer to examinations open to the general public.

The term “promotion” shall mean any change of an employee in the classified service from a position of one class to a position of another class for which there is a higher maximum rate of pay.

The term “promotion rights” shall refer only to classifications in the AFSCME Clerical and Technical bargaining units or sworn police and fire promotional positions in accordance with Rule 14.

The term “sickness” shall mean bodily disease or affliction, when such disease or affliction is in fact disabling, and shall include any disabling ailment or condition due to bodily injury.  Mental affliction or chemical dependency may be recognized as sickness but only while the employee is under medical treatment for such dependency.

The term “appointing officer” shall mean the department or office director or any person they may designate.  The term shall include the appointment body also, where the appointment is not made by an individual officer.