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HRAR-7.07 - Reinstatement

Administrative Rules Adopted by Bureaus Pursuant to Rule Making Authority (ARB)
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Reinstatement allows a hiring authority to fill a vacancy with a former employee who has known qualifications for the position and knowledge of the organization.

A former employee may be rehired in their former classification and bureau providing they meet the requirements of this administrative rule.

Requirement for Reinstatement of Former Regular Employees

Any person who voluntarily demoted or who has resigned from a position with the City in good standing and had attained regular status in the requested classification prior to voluntary demotion or resignation, may be reinstated to a previously held position within three years of the date of voluntary demotion or resignation at the request and discretion of the appointing authority and upon approval by the Human Resources Director or designee. For purposes of this administrative rule, "good standing" shall mean appropriate written notice was given prior to departure and the employee did not resign in lieu of discipline or termination or during the course of a disciplinary investigation.

The following requirements must also be met:

  1. The request is made within three (3) years from the date the employee left City service;
  2. There can be no employees on the layoff list for the classification the person would be reinstated to; and
  3. There can be no qualified injured workers available for the targeted classification; and
  4. The person is still qualified to perform the work
  5. Reinstatement can only be to a vacant position. Under-fill, over-fill, double-fill and working out of class may not be used to reinstate a former employee.
  6. The employee must have held status in the classification where the vacancy occurs.

Even if all criteria are met reinstatement is at the City’s discretion and is not guaranteed.

Former Probationary Employee

Former probationary employees who have left City service in good standing, and who have served at least sixty (60) days of their probationary period prior to leaving, may be reinstated within one year of the date of separation to their previous probationary status and classification at the request and discretion of the appointing authority and upon approval by the Human Resources Director or designee. The following requirements must also be met:

  1. The request is made within one (1) year from the date they left City service;
  2. The former employee is qualified to do the work;
  3. There are no employees on the layoff list for the classification the person would be reinstated to; and
  4. There are no qualified injured workers available for the targeted classification.

Reinstated employees under this section will be required to serve a new probationary period as prescribed in the Administrative Rule on Probation.

Process For Requesting Reinstatement

  1. The human resources analyst determines that all criteria for reinstatement are met;
  2. The human resources analyst sends a written request for reinstatement to fill a vacancy to the Director of Human Resources or designee;
  3. The Director of Human Resources, or designee, approves or denies the reinstatement and provides notification to the hiring bureau.

Salary Rate, Vacation, Sick Leave Accruals and Seniority

When an employee is reinstated under this Administrative Rule, the salary rate shall be at the same position in the pay range as when the employee last served in the classification. The employee’s anniversary date is the date of reinstatement to the classification.

Upon reinstatement, the employee's vacation accrual rate will be set at the same rate that was in effect at the time of separation and the accrual date shall be adjusted to account for the time the employee was not working for the City. Upon reinstatement, the employee will be credited with three personal holidays unless the employee is being reinstated during the same calendar year in which they separated. If that is the case, the employee will not receive any additional personal holidays for the year.

Upon reinstatement, any sick leave accruals that were carried on the books at the time of separation will be reinstated. Dependent care leave hours are part of the employee’s total sick leave accruals so upon reinstatement the employee will be eligible for up to 40 hours of dependent care leave, depending on the total number of hours of sick leave reinstated. If any employee is reinstated within the same calendar year, the number of available dependent care hours will be reduced by any hours previously used in the year.

Seniority in the class shall be adjusted to include previous permanent time in the classification upon reinstatement.

Retired City Employee

See Administrative Rule on Retirees.

Employee Separated for Medical Reasons

See Administrative Rule on Medical Layoff.

Historical notes


Adopted by Council March 6, 2002, Ordinance No. 176302

Effective April 5, 2002

Revised October 15, 2002

Revised July 28, 2003

Revised July 1, 2004

Revised July 9, 2007

Revised October 19, 2010

Revised November 4, 2011

Revised April 25, 2016

Revised February 15, 2018

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