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(1) The salary schedule for nonmanagement position employees, except as modified by a collective bargaining unit agreement, shall be known as the “modified open-range pay plan.” New employees shall begin at the first level for their position or job classification to be known as the entrance level, except in cases where the new employee’s capabilities are such that he/she is fully prepared to take over a particular position without further experience. The City Manager shall have the authority to decide when such exceptions will be permitted. The next level shall be known as the competent level and a new employee shall be placed at that level following a probationary period after his/her initial employment. This probationary period will generally be for a minimum of six months, depending upon the learning cycle required for the incumbent to become fully acquainted with the full range of job responsibilities and duties. The City Manager shall have the authority to reduce or lengthen the probationary period. The maximum probationary period shall be for one year. The highest rate of pay for an employee shall be the maximum level as set forth for his/her position or job classification by ordinance. The City Manager shall have the authority to place an incumbent at a higher rate of pay than the competent level during the term of his/her employment up to the maximum rate of pay as set forth for the position or job classification by ordinance.

(2) In addition to salaries, all regular nonrepresented full-time and regular nonrepresented part-time employees shall be entitled to the insurance benefits listed below:

(a) Medical insurance, provided regular part-time employees pay their own premium;

(b) Dental insurance, provided regular part-time employees pay their own premium;

(c) Life insurance ($15,000); except that department heads shall receive the policy value of $50,000 and division managers a policy value of $30,000. All life policies shall be group term policies of insurance.

(d) State industrial insurance, medical aid and pension, as provided for in the Revised Code of Washington. The cost of medical aid and pension are to be shared equally by the City (the employer) and the employee, or as otherwise required by state or federal law.

Except as otherwise provided herein or as provided in a union agreement, all benefits shall be provided by insurance carriers selected by the City, or provided by the City through a program or programs of self-insurance. Unless specifically provided otherwise by union agreement, or by City Council resolution in the case of nonrepresented employees, all premiums for said benefits shall be paid by the City. [Ord. 3517 § 1, 2001; Ord. 3417 § 1, 2000; Ord. 2983 § 1, 1993; Ord. 2680 § 3, 1988; Ord. 2591 § 1, 1986; Ord. 2024 § 7, 1979; Ord. 1916 §§ 1, 2, 1977; Ord. 1875 § 1, 1977; Ord. 1829 § 1, 1976; Ord. 1760 § 1, 1976; Code 1970 § 2.42.600.]