SCOPE OF REPRESENTATION – New Positions
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1000.02091 – New Positions
* * * OVERRULED IN PART by Huntington Beach Union High School District (2003) PERB Decision No. 1525, pp. 2-10, where the Board held a change in work hours for a vacant position falls within the scope of representation, even where the change is prompted by an employer’s decision to alter its nature, direction, or level of service. * * *
Employer decisions involving the level of services to be provided fall within the management prerogative. These decisions include the creation of new positions, determining the number of hours assigned to new positions, discontinuing a service by abolishing a position and laying off employees; p. 5. The District's decision to change the hours of a vacant, full-time position into two 3-3/4 hour positions was within the scope of representation. Since the unusual 3-3/4 hour time base fell below the 4 hours per day required to qualify for the employer's benefit package and the two new part-time employees performed the same work previously performed by the full-time employee, the District's decision was not an exercise of the management prerogative reflecting a change in the nature, direction or level of service, but a decision based on labor costs associated with that service; pp. 9-10. a change in the nature, direction or level of service, but a decision based on labor costs associated with that service; pp. 9-10.