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File #: 20-828    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Public Hearing/General Business Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 8/28/2020 In control: Civil Service Commission
On agenda: 9/1/2020 Final action: 9/1/2020
Title: Action to Extend Probationary Period of a Street Maintenance Worker I (Employee No. 06972)
REPORT TO CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
SUBJECT
Title
Action to Extend Probationary Period of a Street Maintenance Worker I (Employee No. 06972)

Report
ACTION AND AUTHORITY
The Public Works Department is requesting to extend the probationary period for a Street Maintenance Worker I (Job Code 811) pursuant to Civil Service Rule 4.20(b) which provides that, "Any permanent employee who is an applicant for promotion may have their probationary period extended by the Commission to permit the acquisition of required licenses or certificates or completion of training. Regular classified employees may have their probationary period extended by the Commission for reasons of sickness or absence."

DISCUSSION
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and actions taken by the State and County to shelter in place, the Department is recommending a probation extension for a Street Maintenance Worker I (Employee No. 06972). assigned to work in the Landscape Division need to successfully obtain a "California Department of Food and Agriculture Qualified Applicator Certificate (QAC) in categories B, C, or F prior to completing probation" as a minimum qualification. When the Shelter-in-Place began in March 2020, the Public Works Department received information from the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) Licensing and Certification Program that exams would be on hold until approximately August/September 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The DPR was going to contact applicants that applied for the QAC testing as openings became available. However, the DPR has not yet reached out to the incumbent to process the examination application or schedule the QAC examination. The incumbent's probationary period is scheduled to end on September 10, 2020; however, it is recommended to extend the employee's probation by approximately six (6) months to allow adequate time for the DPR to contact the incumbent and schedule the QAC examination as openings become available. Due to the fluid state of th...

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