The County of Santa Clara
California

Ordinance
97883
Adopted (Final)
Aug 27, 2019 9:30 AM

Adoption of Salary Ordinance No. NS-5.20.05 amending Santa Clara County Salary Ordinance No. NS-5.20 relating to compensation of employees deleting four three-fifths time Senior Clinical Laboratory Scientist or Clinical Laboratory Scientist II or Clinical Laboratory Scientist I positions, three four-fifths time Senior Clinical Laboratory Scientist or Clinical Laboratory Scientist II or Clinical Laboratory Scientist I positions, and twenty-one Senior Clinical Laboratory Scientist or Clinical Laboratory Scientist II or Clinical Laboratory Scientist I positions and adding three three-fifths time Clinical Laboratory Scientist II or Clinical Laboratory Scientist I positions, three four-fifths time Clinical Laboratory Scientist II or Clinical Laboratory Scientist I positions, eleven Clinical Laboratory Scientist II or Clinical Laboratory Scientist I positions, one Clinical Laboratory Scientist Systems Specialist or Associate Clinical Laboratory Scientist Systems Specialist position, one Senior Clinical Laboratory Scientist or Clinical Laboratory Scientist II or Clinical Laboratory Scientist I position, and nine Supervising Clinical Laboratory Scientist positions in Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

Information

Department:Employee Services AgencySponsors:
Category:Ordinance - Salary

Multiple Recommendations

                            Action to Introduce and Preliminarily adopt on August 13, 2019; Roll Call Vote to waive reading, Roll Call Vote to adopt.

                            Action for Final Adoption on August 27, 2019; Roll Call Vote to adopt.

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FISCAL IMPLICATIONS

Approval of the recommended action would result in an increase of Salaries and Benefits (Object 1) totaling $117,111 for the remainder of FY 2019-20 and $134,313 on an ongoing basisVMC at OConnor (Fund 62) would incur an increase in position costs of $105,629, while VMC at Saint Louise (Fund 63) would incur an increase in position costs of $11,482. The increased costs for the Clinical Lab Scientist classifications will be absorbed within the existing budget.

CONTRACT HISTORY

Not applicable.

REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATION

It is necessary to reclassify 27 Senior (Sr.) Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) positions allocated to OConnor Hospital (OCH) and St. Louise Regional Hospital (SLRH) to other classifications within the CLS series in order to appropriately describe the duties assigned and performed by the current incumbents.  It is further necessary to delete one (1) 3/5 Sr. CLS position at OCH and add back one (1) full-time Sr. CLS position to be consistent with all other Sr. CLS positions within Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC).

CHILD IMPACT

The recommended action will have no/neutral impact on children.

SENIOR IMPACT

The recommended action will have no/neutral impact on seniors.

SUSTAINABILITY IMPLICATIONS

The recommended action will have no/neutral sustainability implications.

BACKGROUND

Employee Services Agency – Human Resources (ESA-HR) initiated a classification review of selected Sr. CLS positions allocated to the newly acquired OCH and SLRH facilities to ensure that appropriate classifications have been assigned for the duties performed by the current incumbents.  Each employee under study completed a Position Classification Questionnaire (PCQ).  The review and resulting recommendations were based on the PCQs, supervisory input, organizational charts for each laboratory, and the County CLS job specifications. 

OCH – Sr. CLS

In summary, at OCH, 25 Sr. CLS positions were reviewed.  It is recommended that 14 of these positions be reclassified to CLS II or CLS I.  The CLS II classification is paid approximately 5% lower than the Sr. CLS classification and the CLS I classification is paid approximately 13% below the Sr. CLSIt is recommended that seven (7) of these positions be reclassified to Supervising CLS.  The Supervising CLS classification is paid approximately 9.4% higher than the Sr. CLS classification.  It is further recommended that one (1) Sr. CLS position be reclassified to CLS Systems Specialist.  The CLS Systems Specialist classification is paid approximately 9.4% higher than the Sr. CLS classification.  The review determined that three (3) of the Sr. CLS positions are appropriately classified and no further classification actions are warranted.  However, one (1) of these positions is currently allocated as 3/5 FTE and it is recommended to delete this position and add back a full-time Sr. CLS position as is consistent with other Sr. CLS positions throughout Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) in order to perform the full scope of responsibility of a Sr. CLS.

SLRH – Sr. CLS

In summary, at SLRH, seven (7) Sr. CLS positions were reviewed.  It is recommended that three (3) of these positions be reclassified to CLS II and two (2) positions be reclassified to Supervising CLS.  The review determined that two (2) of the Sr. CLS positions are appropriately classified and no further action is warranted.

Employee Allocation/Alternate Staffing

The Sr. CLS positions under study are currently filled with provisional employees.  Therefore, on the implementation date of the position reclassifications, the provisional CLS employees will be placed in provisional status in their new classifications.

As is consistent with alternate-staffing of CLS positions within the County, all newly reclassified CLS II or CLS I positions will be alternately-staffed with CLS II/I and the newly reclassified CLS Systems Specialist position will be alternately-staffed with Associate CLS Systems Specialist.

The CLS position classification recommendations were posted to Engineers and Scientists of California (ESC) for review on June 13, 2019.  ESC represents the CLS classification series and requested to meet.  One (1) meet and confer was held on July 16, 2019 where ESC stated that further meetings would not prove to be fruitful and that the Union would not contest the reclassification recommendations.

CONSEQUENCES OF NEGATIVE ACTION

Twenty-seven Sr. CLS positions allocated to OCH and SLRH would not be properly classified for the duties assigned and one (1) Sr. CLS position will not be coded as full-time which is necessary to perform the full duties assigned to a Sr. CLS position.

STEPS FOLLOWING APPROVAL

The Clerk of the Board of Supervisors is requested to send MinuteTraq notification

of completed processing to the ESA Agenda Coordinator, Human Resources.

Meeting History

Aug 13, 2019 9:30 AM Video Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting

At the request of Supervisor Ellenberg, the Board directed Administration to provide an off-agenda report to the Board on date uncertain or report to the Health and Hospital Committee at its August 2019 meeting relating to the issue of transitioning St. Louise and O'Connor Hospital personnel from provisional to permanent status; future phases of the staff integration process; key milestones; reclassification reviews and processes to resolve discrepancies or disputes; and, an outline of the major issues expected during the next six months.

RESULT:ADOPTED (PRELIM.) [UNANIMOUS]Next: 8/27/2019 9:30 AM
MOVER:Cindy Chavez, Vice President
SECONDER:Susan Ellenberg, Supervisor
AYES:Mike Wasserman, Cindy Chavez, Dave Cortese, Susan Ellenberg, S. Joseph Simitian
Aug 27, 2019 9:30 AM Video Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting
RESULT:ADOPTED (FINAL) [4 TO 0]
MOVER:Mike Wasserman, Supervisor
SECONDER:Dave Cortese, Supervisor
AYES:Mike Wasserman, Dave Cortese, Susan Ellenberg, S. Joseph Simitian
ABSENT:Cindy Chavez