A. The maintenance of regular status in the Merit System by an employee requires appropriate behavior and competent service. Any regular employee is subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal, suspension, reduction in compensation, demotion, written warning and oral warning. Listed below are examples of causes which will be deemed sufficient for such action by the appointing authority. Grounds for disciplinary action are not limited to the examples enumerated below:
1. Fraud, misrepresentation of fact, or concealment in securing appointment or during employment.
2. Falsification in any information provided to the County including information provided on employment records, timesheets or reimbursement requests.
3. Unauthorized, unexplained absence.
4. Insubordination, a willful failure to conform to directives, duly established orders of supervision, or insulting or demeaning the authority of a supervisor or manager.
5. Incompetence, i.e. inability to comply with the minimum standard of performance of an employee’s position for a significant period of time.
6. Inefficiency or inexcusable neglect of duty, i.e. failure to perform duties required of an employee within his or her position, or wasting time, energy, or materials.
7. Abuse of sick leave, i.e., taking sick leave, without a doctor’s certificate when one is required, or misuse of sick leave, i.e. claiming sick leave when one or one’s family member is not sick.
8. Disorderly or immoral conduct.
10. Possession, distribution, sale, use or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs or narcotics while on duty or while operating a County vehicle or potentially dangerous equipment leased or owned by the County.
11. Any action which indicates a lack of concern for injury to him or herself or others.
12. Gross negligence, willful damage to public property or waste of public supplies or equipment.
13. Unauthorized use of County property or equipment, including driving on County business without a driver’s license and/or insurance.
14. Theft of County equipment, supplies, or property.
15. Discourteous, offensive or abusive treatment of the public or other employees.
16. Refusal to participate as directed in an investigation conducted by the County.
17. Working overtime without authorization.
18. Any willful act, conduct undertaken, or statements made in bad faith, either during or outside of duty hours, which is of such a nature that it causes discredit to the County or the employee’s department or division.
19. Outside employment not specifically authorized.
20. Acceptance from any source of a reward, gift, or other form of remuneration in addition to regular compensation to an employee for the performance of his or her official duties.
21. Improper political activity. Example: Campaigning for or espousing the election or non-election of any candidate or issue in national, state, county or municipal elections while on duty and/or during working hours or in County uniform on or off duty; or the dissemination of political material of any kind while on duty and/or during working hours or in uniform.
22. Possession of weapons on agency property unless authorized.
23. Disclosure of confidential and/or privileged information.
24. Willful violation of any of the provisions of the Merit System, these Personnel Management Regulations, County rules or Departmental rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
25. Engaging in sexual activity while on duty.