Employees in positions not exempt from the overtime requirement of the Fair Labor Standards Act may be docked for absences due to tardiness (late arrival.) In all cases, it is the employee’s responsibility to report to work on time without regard to whether or not they are docked for tardiness. Excessive tardiness may be cause for disciplinary action, up to and including termination.
Full-time benefit-eligible employees who work a five-day/eight-hour schedule or a four-day/10-hour schedule receive one-half hour adjustment per day, subject to collective bargaining agreement provisions. The work hour adjustment increases full-time employees’ paid hours to 40 hours per week, as follows:
- Employees who work five days a week, eight hours per day, with an unpaid meal break daily log 37.5 work hours each week, two and a half hours (a half hour each day for five days) are awarded through the time adjustment. These full-time employees are paid for 40 hours.
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- Employees who work four days a week, 10 hours a day, with an unpaid meal break daily log 38 work hours each week, two hours (a half hour each day for four days) are awarded through the time adjustment. These full-time employees are paid for 40 hours.
Tri-Rail’s Employer Discount Program allows employees to pay for monthly Tri-Rail passes through payroll deductions on a pre-tax basis. Call Tri-Rail at 954-788-7938 for more information. See also Bus Passes.
Former employees may file for unemployment compensation with the State of Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation. The program is managed by the Human Resources Division-Employee/Labor Relations Section.
About 80 percent of the County workforce is divided into seven bargaining units for the purpose of union representation. Bargaining units are determined by the Public Employees Relations Commission of the State of Florida by grouping job classifications that typically perform similar types of work. Employees in job classes grouped in a bargaining unit have the right to join or not to join the union representing the unit and to make this decision without any coercion or harassment. In accordance with Florida law, employees in job classes included in a bargaining unit are subject to the provisions contained in their collective bargaining agreement, whether or not they decide to join the union representing the unit.
Because service to the public must continue year-round, it is not possible to allow everyone to take a vacation at the same time. For this reason, vacation schedules must be approved. See also Annual Leave.