9.1 The salary schedules for employees in the bargaining units are shown in Appendix IV.
9.2 Hire-in Rates – Registered Nurses. Hire-in rates for new nurses covered by this Agreement shall be on the basis of year for year credit for applicable experience.
Applicable experience shall be defined as clinical nursing experience in an acute care setting, ambulatory care setting, home health agency or equivalent health care experience without a break in nursing which would reduce the level of nursing skills or nursing experience comparable to that required in the position for which the nurse is being hired, in the opinion of the Associate Administrator for Patient Care Services. Participation in a nursing education program does not count as year for year credit and does not constitute a break in nursing experience. Equivalent international nursing experience is counted as applicable experience.
In the event an RN new hire has previous LPN experience, s/he shall receive credit based on the above definition on the basis of two (2) years of LPN experience to equal one (1) year of RN experience.
9.3 Periodic Increments (Salary Step Increments). Annually the salary of employees covered by this Agreement will be increased by one step on the employee’s periodic increment date until the employee has reached the top step of the appropriate salary range. For purposes of periodic salary step increases, the periodic increment date will be determined as follows:
When a leave of absence without pay exceeds ten (10) working days in any calendar month, or exceeds ten (10) consecutive working days, the periodic increment date will be extended by one (1) month. Leaves of absence for Worker’s Compensation, military service, as a result of a cyclic year position, or for the purpose of formal collective bargaining sessions, will not alter the periodic increment date.
When an employee returns from layoff status, the periodic increment date will be reestablished and extended by an amount of time equal to the period of layoff to give credit for time served in a salary step prior to layoff.