B-22683, JANUARY 7, 1942, 21 COMP. GEN. 644

B-22683: Jan 7, 1942

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WITHIN-GRADE PROMOTIONS PER ANNUM PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WHO ARE APPOINTED FOR PART-TIME SERVICE AND WHOSE ANNUAL SALARIES ARE FIXED ON THAT BASIS ARE "PART-TIME EMPLOYEES" WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE PROVISIONS IN THE ANNUAL AND SICK LEAVE REGULATIONS EXCLUDING SUCH EMPLOYEES FROM THE BENEFITS OF THE ANNUAL AND SICK LEAVE ACTS OF MARCH 14. PART-TIME PER ANNUM EMPLOYEES ARE ENTITLED TO WITHIN-GRADE SALARY ADVANCEMENTS UNDER THE ACT OF AUGUST 1. 1942: I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 15. AS FOLLOWS: THE COMMISSIONERS DESIRE TO SUBMIT FOR YOUR EARLY CONSIDERATION AND ADVICE THE FOLLOWING: MANY PART-TIME EMPLOYEES IN THE SERVICE OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HAVE REQUESTED SICK AND ANNUAL LEAVE WITH PAY.

B-22683, JANUARY 7, 1942, 21 COMP. GEN. 644

PART-TIME EMPLOYEES - ANNUAL AND SICK LEAVE; WITHIN-GRADE PROMOTIONS PER ANNUM PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WHO ARE APPOINTED FOR PART-TIME SERVICE AND WHOSE ANNUAL SALARIES ARE FIXED ON THAT BASIS ARE "PART-TIME EMPLOYEES" WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE PROVISIONS IN THE ANNUAL AND SICK LEAVE REGULATIONS EXCLUDING SUCH EMPLOYEES FROM THE BENEFITS OF THE ANNUAL AND SICK LEAVE ACTS OF MARCH 14, 1936, EVEN THOUGH THEY MIGHT USE THEIR TIME OFF FROM DUTY FOR "ADEQUATELY INFORMING THEMSELVES OF CURRENT MEDICAL PRACTICES" OR MIGHT FURNISH SERVICES IN ADDITION TO THOSE CALLED FOR UNDER THEIR APPOINTMENTS. PART-TIME PER ANNUM EMPLOYEES ARE ENTITLED TO WITHIN-GRADE SALARY ADVANCEMENTS UNDER THE ACT OF AUGUST 1, 1941, ONLY UPON THE RENDITION OF 18 OR 30 MONTHS (AS THE CASE MAY BE) OF ACTUAL SERVICE--- AS DISTINGUISHED FROM CALENDAR MONTHS OF SERVICE--- WITHOUT AN EQUIVALENT INCREASE IN COMPENSATION, AND MAY NOT BE GRANTED WITHIN-GRADE SALARY ADVANCEMENTS AFTER 18 OR 30 CALENDAR MONTHS' SERVICE EQUAL TO THAT FRACTIONAL PART OF A ONE STEP SALARY INCREASE REPRESENTED BY THE RATIO THAT THE PART-TIME COMPENSATION BEARS TO THE FULL-TIME COMPENSATION OF SIMILAR POSITIONS.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL WARREN TO THE PRESIDENT, BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, JANUARY 7, 1942:

I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 15, 1941, AS FOLLOWS:

THE COMMISSIONERS DESIRE TO SUBMIT FOR YOUR EARLY CONSIDERATION AND ADVICE THE FOLLOWING:

MANY PART-TIME EMPLOYEES IN THE SERVICE OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HAVE REQUESTED SICK AND ANNUAL LEAVE WITH PAY, THE MOST RECENT BEING MADE BY A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF POLICE AND FIRE SURGEONS WHO OCCUPIES A CLASSIFIED POSITION, P-5 AT $3,680 PER ANNUM, ON AN 80 PERCENT SERVICE BASIS. THE ANNUAL AND SICK LEAVE REGULATIONS PROMULGATED BY EXECUTIVE ORDERS NOS. 8384 AND 8385 DATED MARCH 29, 1940, PURSUANT TO THE ANNUAL AND SICK LEAVE ACTS OF MARCH 14, 1936, "EXCEPTS PART-TIME OR INTERMITTENT EMPLOYEES.'

IF PART-TIME EMPLOYEES ARE INTERPRETED TO INCLUDE REGULAR ANNUAL EMPLOYEES OCCUPYING POSITIONS CLASSIFIED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE CLASSIFICATION ACT OF 1923, AS AMENDED, ON A THIRD, HALF-TIME, TWO- THIRDS, OR OTHER FRACTIONAL BASIS, ANNUAL AND SICK LEAVE WOULD BE DENIED TO 181 EMPLOYEES AS FOLLOWS:

CLASSIFICATION CORONER'S OFFICE: 2 PHYSICIANS, P-3. HALF TIME. BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE: 1 VETERINARIAN, P-4. ONE-FOURTH TIME.

3 CHARWOMEN, CU-2. SIX-SEVENTHS TIME. HEALTH DEPARTMENT:

MEDICAL INSPECTORS OF SCHOOLS: 16 DOCTORS, P-4. ONE-THIRD TIME.

21 DENTISTS, P-3. HALF TIME.

MATERNAL AND CHILD HYGIENE-CHILDREN'S BUREAU GRANTS:

1 DOCTOR, P-6. ONE-EIGHTH TIME.

1 DOCTOR, P-6. ONE-FOURTH TIME.

1 DOCTOR, P-6. HALF TIME.

3 DOCTORS, P-5. HALF TIME.

1 DOCTOR, P-4. ONE-THIRD TIME.

2 DOCTORS, P-3. ONE-THIRD TIME.

CHILD HYGIENE SERVICE: 1 DOCTOR, P-6. HALF TIME.

TUBERCULOSIS CLINIC: 10 DOCTORS, P-4. ONE-THIRD TIME.

1 DOCTOR, P-5. ONE-SEVENTH TIME.

VENEREAL DISEASE CLINIC: 1 DOCTOR, P-5. HALF TIME.

10 DOCTORS, P-4. ONE-THIRD TIME.

U.S. PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE: 9 PHYSICIANS, P-4. ONE-THIRD TIME.

8 PHYSICIANS, P-2 AND P-4. ONE-FOURTH TIME.

2 PHYSICIANS, P-2 AND P-4. ONE-FIFTH TIME.

1 PHYSICIAN, P-2. ONE-SIXTH TIME.

1 PHYSICIAN, P-4. ONE-EIGHTH TIME.

PHYSICIANS TO THE POOR: 14 PHYSICIANS, P-4. ONE-THIRD TIME. FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY: 12 AIDS, SP-1. HALF TIME.

4 LIBRARY ASSISTANTS, SP-2. HALF TIME.

3 LIBRARY ASSISTANTS, SP-3. HALF TIME.

1 LIBRARY ASSISTANT SP-4. HALF TIME.

1 TYPIST CAF-1. HALF TIME.

1 MULTIGRAPH OPERATOR, CAF-2. HALF TIME.

47 PAGES, CU-1. HALF TIME.

2 JANITORS, CU-3. HALF TIME.

BASED UPON DECISIONS OF YOUR OFFICE DEFINING PART-TIME AND INTERMITTENT EMPLOYEES, SICK AND ANNUAL LEAVE HAS BEEN DENIED BY THE COMMISSIONERS TO THE GROUP OF EMPLOYEES LISTED ABOVE. (SEE 10 C.G. 518; 15 C.G. 800, ID. 1058; 16 C.G. 442; AND 18 C.G. 457.)

IN THE CASE OF DR. WARREN W. SAGER, A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF POLICE AND FIRE SURGEONS, IT WAS POINTED OUT THAT THESE MEN USE LEAVE FOR THE PURPOSE OF ADEQUATELY INFORMING THEMSELVES OF CURRENT MEDICAL PRACTICES. THE FIVE DAYS' ANNUAL LEAVE REQUESTED BY HIM WAS SPENT ATTENDING THE MEDICAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS HOLDING ITS ANNUAL MEETING IN BOSTON. FURTHER, THE COMMISSIONERS ARE INFORMED THAT THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD ARE CALLED UPON AT TIMES TO PERFORM 24 HOURS' SERVICE AND THAT THEIR WORK IS NOT CONFINED TO CERTAIN WORKING HOURS, AS 50 PERCENT OR MORE OF THEIR WORK IS DONE AT NIGHT, ON SUNDAYS, SATURDAY AFTERNOONS AND HOLIDAYS, AND AT ANY TIME A MEDICAL EMERGENCY SHOULD ARISE IN THE TREATING AND CARING FOR MEMBERS OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, METROPOLITAN, PARK AND WHITE HOUSE POLICE FORCES. MEMBERS OF THE BOARD HAVE ALSO INDICATED TO THE COMMISSIONERS THAT THEY FREQUENTLY WORK FAR IN EXCESS OF 80 PERCENT OF EACH WORK DAY AND WHEN ITS MEMBERS GO ON LEAVE OF ABSENCE, VACATIONS, ATTEND MEDICAL MEETINGS, OR BECAUSE OF SICKNESS, THEY ARE PERMITTED TO EMPLOY OR ASSIGN OTHER PHYSICIANS TO TAKE THEIR PLACES.

THE MEDICAL INSPECTORS, DENTAL OPERATORS, ATTENDING PHYSICIANS, CONSULTANTS, SURGEONS, CARDIOLOGISTS, ROENTGENOLOGISTS, AND PHYSICIANS TO THE POOR, AND OTHER PART-TIME EMPLOYEES, HAVE IN MANY INSTANCES BEEN IN THE SERVICE FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. THEY ARE CLASSIFIED AND RECEIVE SALARY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CLASSIFICATION ASSIGNED TO THEM, NINE OF WHOM HAVE BEEN IN THE SERVICE PRIOR TO 1928.

PRIOR TO THE ACT OF MARCH 14, 1936, PROVIDING VACATIONS FOR EMPLOYEES OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,"CLERKS AND OTHER EMPLOYEES OF WHATEVER GRADE OR CLASS" WERE PERMITTED TO RECEIVE ANNUAL LEAVE PURSUANT TO THE ACT OF MARCH 2, 1911 (36 STAT. 966), MAKING APPLICABLE TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA THE PROVISIONS OF THE ACT OF MARCH 15, 1898, AS AMENDED(30 STAT. 316). UNDER THE LEAVE STATUTES WHICH EXISTED PRIOR TO THE CURRENT VACATION OR LEAVE REGULATIONS, THESE PART-TIME EMPLOYEES RECEIVED LEAVE IN PROPORTION TO THE LENGTH OF THE WORK DAY INDICATED IN THE TERMS OF THEIR APPOINTMENT. YOUR DECISIONS INTERPRETING THE LEAVE REGULATIONS ARE HELD TO BE APPLICABLE TO THIS TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT, IT WOULD BE NECESSARY TO DENY VACATION LEAVE TO THESE EMPLOYEES.

IN VIEW OF THE NATURE OF THIS EMPLOYMENT, SOME DOUBT EXISTS AS TO WHAT BASIS OF AUTOMATIC INCREASES SHOULD BE APPLIED TO THESE EMPLOYEES, ASSUMING THAT THEY ARE OTHERWISE QUALIFIED, UNDER THE SO CALLED RAMSPECK- MEAD ACT APPROVED AUGUST 1, 1941. TAKE, FOR EXAMPLE, THE DOCTOR IN THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT, P-6, ONE-EIGHTH TIME, AND ASSUMING THAT HE IS OTHERWISE QUALIFIED, IT WOULD APPEAR THAT HE WOULD BE ENTITLED TO ONE-EIGHTH OF THE REGULAR AUTOMATIC PROMOTION WITHIN HIS GRADE, EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 1941, AND THAT OTHER PART-TIME EMPLOYEES SHOULD RECEIVE SIMILAR TREATMENT.

THE COMMISSIONERS WOULD APPRECIATE ADVISE FROM YOU (1) AS TO WHETHER THEY ARE CORRECT IN DENYING ANNUAL AND SICK LEAVE TO EMPLOYEES OF THE NATURE DESCRIBED ABOVE, AND (2) WHETHER THE AUTOMATIC PROMOTIONS AUTHORIZED BY THE RAMSPECK-MEAD ACT APPROVED AUGUST 1, 1941, SHALL BE ALLOWED THESE EMPLOYEES IN THE SEVERAL GRADES IN PROPORTION TO THE TIME ACTUALLY EMPLOYED; THAT IS, SHOULD A HALF-TIME EMPLOYEE, OTHERWISE QUALIFIED ($1,620 FULL TIME), WHO BUT FOR THE FACT THAT HE IS RENDERING PART-TIME SERVICES RECEIVE A $30.00 STEP-UP INSTEAD OF $60.00, OR SHOULD HE BE REQUIRED TO SERVE 36 MONTHS BEFORE HE WOULD RECEIVE A $60.00 WITHIN-GRADE PROMOTION.

SECTION 1 OF THE ANNUAL LEAVE ACT, AND SECTION 1 OF THE SICK LEAVE ACT, BOTH ACTS APPROVED MARCH 14, 1936, 49 STAT. 1161, 1162, EXPRESSLY INCLUDE EMPLOYEES OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (WITH CERTAIN EXCEPTIONS NOT HERE MATERIAL). SECTION 7 OF EACH OF THE SAID STATUTES PROVIDES:

THE LEAVE OF ABSENCE HEREIN PROVIDED FOR SHALL BE ADMINISTERED UNDER SUCH REGULATIONS AS THE PRESIDENT MAY PRESCRIBE, SO AS TO OBTAIN, SO FAR AS PRACTICABLE, UNIFORMITY IN THE APPLICATION OF THIS ACT.

PURSUANT TO THIS EXPRESS STATUTORY AUTHORITY THE PRESIDENT PROMULGATED ANNUAL LEAVE AND SICK LEAVE REGULATIONS WHICH HAVE THE FORCE AND EFFECT OF LAW. SECTION 19 (F) (2) OF THE ANNUAL LEAVE REGULATIONS, EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 8384, DATED MARCH 29, 1940, AND SECTION 23 (G) (2) OF THE SICK LEAVE REGULATIONS, EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 8385, DATED MARCH 29, 1940, EXPRESSLY EXCLUDE PART-TIME EMPLOYEES FROM THE BENEFITS OF ANNUAL AND SICK LEAVE IN THE FOLLOWING TERMS:

THESE REGULATIONS SHALL NOT APPLY TO:

* * * PART-TIME OR INTERMITTENT EMPLOYEES; * * *.

THIS PROVISION OF THE REGULATION IS CLEAR AND UNAMBIGUOUS AND ADMITS OF NO CONSTRUCTION.

IN DECISION OF NOVEMBER 17, 1938, 18 COMP. GEN. 457, IT WAS HELD AS FOLLOWS (QUOTING FROM THE THIRD PARAGRAPH OF THE SYLLABUS):

EMPLOYEES APPOINTED FOR SERVICE LIMITED TO DEFINITE PORTIONS OF EACH DAY, WEEK, OR MONTH, WHO PERFORM SERVICE IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUCH APPOINTMENTS, ARE TO BE CONSIDERED PART-TIME EMPLOYEES UNDER THE ANNUAL AND SICK LEAVE REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 1938, AND NOT ENTITLED TO LEAVE UNDER THE ANNUAL AND SICK LEAVE ACTS OF MARCH 14, 1936, 49 STAT. 1161 AND 1162, RESPECTIVELY.

IN ADDITION TO THE DECISIONS CITED IN YOUR LETTER, SEE ALSO, DECISION OF JUNE 29, 1939, 18 COMP. GEN. 1001, IN WHICH IT WAS HELD AS FOLLOWS AT PAGE 1003:

IT IS UNDERSTOOD FROM YOUR SUBMISSION THAT THE EMPLOYEES HERE INVOLVED ARE REQUIRED TO BE ON DUTY OR AVAILABLE FOR DUTY FOR ONLY A PERCENTAGE OF FULL TIME, IN SOME CASES AS MUCH AS 90 PERCENT OF THE TIME WORKED BY A FULL-TIME EMPLOYEE; THAT THEY MAY HAVE NO ESTABLISHED WORKDAY; AND THAT THE SALARY RATES FIXED FOR THE POSITIONS ARE BASED ON A PERCENTAGE OF THE CLASSIFICATION ACT RATES FOR SIMILAR FULL-TIME POSITIONS, THE EVALUATION OF THE PERCENTAGE SALARY RATE BEING BASED ON THE TWO ELEMENTS OF "SERVICE" VIZ, ACTUAL DUTY AND AVAILABILITY FOR DUTY. 11 COMP. GEN. 260; 17 ID. 303. THAT IS TO SAY, IT IS UNDERSTOOD THAT THE APPOINTMENTS DO NOT CALL FOR FULL-TIME "SERVICE" AND THE EMPLOYEES ARE NOT PAID FULL-TIME SALARY RATES.

IF THESE BE THE FACTS THE EMPLOYEES UNQUESTIONABLY ARE PART-TIME EMPLOYEES AND HAVE BEEN REGARDED AS SUCH BY THIS OFFICE IN THE CITED DECISIONS AND ARE EXPRESSLY EXCLUDED BY THE CITED LEAVE REGULATIONS FROM LEAVE PRIVILEGES NOTWITHSTANDING THEY MAY WORK OR BE AVAILABLE FOR DUTY A GREATER AMOUNT OF TIME DURING A YEAR THAN A FULL-TIME EMPLOYEE WHEN THERE IS DEDUCTED THE STATUTORY LEAVE DURING WHICH FULL TIME EMPLOYEES ARE AUTHORIZED TO BE ABSENT FROM DUTY.

IN APPLYING THIS DEFINITE RULE OF LAW NO CONSIDERATION MAY BE GIVEN TO THE POSSIBILITY THAT THE PART-TIME PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES MIGHT USE THEIR TIME OFF FROM DUTY "FOR THE PURPOSE OF ADEQUATELY INFORMING THEMSELVES OF CURRENT MEDICAL PRACTICES" (QUOTING FROM YOUR LETTER), OR TO THEIR GENEROSITY IN FURNISHING SERVICES IN ADDITION TO THOSE CALLED FOR IN THE TERMS OF THEIR APPOINTMENTS. THE MATTER OF WHETHER ATTENDANCE AT CONVENTIONS, MENTIONED IN YOUR LETTER, IS TO BE REGARDED AS PLACING THE EMPLOYEES ON OFFICIAL DUTY DURING THE PERIOD OF SUCH ATTENDANCE IS A MATTER FOR DETERMINATION BY THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. SEE THE APPROPRIATION ITEM ,TRAVELING EXPENSES IN ATTENDING CONVENTIONS WHEN AUTHORIZED BY THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA" UNDER THE HEADING " CONTINGENT AND MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES" APPEARING IN THE APPROPRIATION ACT APPROVED JULY 1, 1941, PUBLIC LAW 148, 55 STAT. 503.

ACCORDINGLY, QUESTION (1) IN THE CONCLUDING PARAGRAPH OF YOUR LETTER MUST BE, AND IS, ANSWERED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE.

REGARDING THE SECOND QUESTION PRESENTED, THERE IS PARTICULARLY FOR NOTING THE DECISION OF DECEMBER 15, 1941, TO THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, B 22169, 21 COMP. GEN. 569, IN WHICH IT WAS HELD AS FOLLOWS:

* * * EMPLOYEES PAID ON AN ANNUAL BASIS OCCUPYING PERMANENT POSITIONS WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THE COMPENSATION SCHEDULES FIXED BY THE CLASSIFICATION ACT WHO ARE EMPLOYED ON A PART-TIME OR WHEN ACTUALLY EMPLOYED BASIS ARE ENTITLED TO THE BENEFITS OF THE ACT OF AUGUST 1, 1941. DECISION OF OCTOBER 27, 1941, B-20925. ACCORDINGLY, IN SUCH CASES THE PRESCRIBED PERIOD OF 18 OR 30 MONTHS SHOULD BE COMPUTED ON THE BASIS OF THE ACTUAL TIME SERVED RATHER THAN THE CALENDAR MONTH. AN EMPLOYEE WORKING PART TIME OR ON THE BASIS OF WHEN ACTUALLY EMPLOYED MUST RENDER 18 OR 30 MONTHS (AS THE CASE MAY BE) OF ACTUAL SERVICE COMPUTED ON THE BASIS OF FULL TIME PER MONTH THE SAME CLASS OF EMPLOYEES MUST SERVE WITHOUT HAVING RECEIVED AN EQUIVALENT INCREASE IN COMPENSATION TO BECOME ELIGIBLE FOR A WITHIN-GRADE SALARY ADVANCEMENT.

IN SAID DECISION THE POSTMASTER GENERAL WAS SPECIFICALLY ADVISED THAT CHARMEN AND CHARWOMEN WHO WORKED FIVE-EIGHTHS OF EACH WORK-DAY OF THE YEAR WERE AUTHORIZED TO BE CREDITED WITH ACTUAL SERVICE, FIVE EIGHTHS OF THE YEAR, OR 7 1/2 MONTHS, IN COMPUTING THE PRESCRIBED PERIOD OF 18 MONTHS AFTER THEY HAD BEEN TRANSFERRED TO POSITIONS THE COMPENSATION OF WHICH WAS PAID ON A PER ANNUM BASIS. THERE IS NO AUTHORITY UNDER THE CLASSIFICATION ACT AS AMENDED BY THE ACT OF AUGUST 1, 1941, PUBLIC LAW 200, 55 STAT. 613, OR OTHERWISE, TO COMPUTE THE PART-TIME COMPENSATION OF PART-TIME EMPLOYEES OTHER THAN ON THE BASIS OF ONE OF THE PER ANNUM RATES PRESCRIBED BY THE CLASSIFICATION ACT IF THE SALARY FOR THE POSITION IS PAID ON A PER ANNUM BASIS. 11 COMP. GEN. 211; ID. 217; 17 ID. 303. NEITHER IS THERE ANY AUTHORITY TO ADVANCE THE BASIC SALARY OF A PART-TIME EMPLOYEE WITHIN HIS GRADE AT THE BEGINNING OF ANY QUARTER UNDER THE PLAN PRESCRIBED UNDER THE ACT OF AUGUST 1, 1941, FOR PERIODIC INCREASES IN COMPENSATION (ADDITIONAL MERITORIOUS POSITIONS NOT BEING INVOLVED) EITHER MORE OR LESS THAN ONE INCREMENT OR STEP OF $60, $100, $200, OR $250 PRESCRIBED BY THE CLASSIFICATION ACT FOR THE GRADE. THAT IS TO SAY, THE SALARY FOR FULL TIME SERVICE IS THE RATE OF COMPENSATION TO BE ADVANCED UNDER THE LAW, THE PART-TIME SALARY RATE TO BE COMPUTED ON THAT BASIS UNDER THE RULES STATED IN THE PRIOR DECISIONS OF THIS OFFICE ON AND AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF SUCH ADVANCE. REFERRING TO THE ILLUSTRATION STATED IN THE PENULTIMATE PARAGRAPH OF YOUR LETTER, THERE WOULD BE NO AUTHORITY TO GRANT A WITHIN- GRADE SALARY ADVANCEMENT OF $25 PER ANNUM REPRESENTING ONE-EIGHTH OF $200 PER ANNUM, THE STEP IN GRADE P-6, BUT THE EMPLOYEE MUST WAIT UNTIL HE HAS ACTUALLY SERVED SUFFICIENT TIME TO AUTHORIZE ADVANCING THE SALARY RATE FOR FULL-TIME SERVICE, ONE STEP OF $200. THIS EMPLOYEE WOULD BE ENTITLED TO A WITHIN-GRADE SALARY ADVANCEMENT BASED ON $200 FOR FULL-TIME SERVICES, IF OTHERWISE QUALIFIED, AT THE BEGINNING OF THE NEXT QUARTER AFTER HE HAS COMPLETED 240 MONTHS (8 X 30) OF SERVICE SINCE HIS LAST EQUIVALENT INCREASE OF COMPENSATION FROM ANY CAUSE. REFERRING TO THE CONCLUDING PARAGRAPH OF YOUR LETTER, THE EMPLOYEE COULD NOT BE ADVANCED $30 BUT WOULD BE ENTITLED TO A WITHIN-GRADE SALARY ADVANCEMENT BASED ON $60 FOR FULL- TIME SERVICE AT BEGINNING OF THE NEXT QUARTER AFTER HE HAS COMPLETED 36 MONTHS (2 X 18) OF SERVICE SINCE HIS LAST EQUIVALENT INCREASE IN COMPENSATION FROM ANY CAUSE, THEREBY MAKING HIS COMPENSATION $840 (ONE- HALF OF $1,680) PER ANNUM.