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Education Code - EDC


  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )


  ( Division 3 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

PART 25. EMPLOYEES [44000 - 45500]

  ( Part 25 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

CHAPTER 5. Classified Employees [45100 - 45500]

  ( Chapter 5 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

ARTICLE 3. Differential Compensation [45180 - 45186]
  ( Article 3 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )


For purposes of this article, the following definitions shall apply unless the context indicates otherwise:

(a) “Differential compensation” means either a reduction in the number of hours required to be actually worked or an increase in salary.

(b) “Shift” means the number of hours worked and shall include a duty-free meal period of not less than one-half hour which, in the case of a seven- or eight-hour shift, shall occur approximately at the midpoint of the shift. This subdivision shall not apply to employees working six hours or less, or assigned to a split shift.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)


The governing board of every school district, or the personnel commission in any merit system school district, shall, insofar as it is possible to do so, determine the practices relating to morning and night shift salary differentials in the private employment fields in which it must compete for employees for its classified staff and shall consider the advisability of providing comparable salary differentials for its classified staff.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)


The governing board of any school district may provide differential compensation to those classified employees who perform duties of a distasteful, dangerous, or unique nature when, in the opinion of the board, such compensation is reasonably justified.

In a merit system district, such differentials shall be based upon findings and recommendations of the personnel commission and shall not be applied in a manner contrary to the principle of like pay for like service.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)


(a) Assignment of duties to bargaining unit employees for which differential compensation is designated, other than a temporary assignment of less than 20 working days, shall be made on the basis of seniority among those employees within the appropriate class who request such an assignment.

(b) This section may be waived by agreement between the governing board of a school district and the exclusive representative of the unit of classified employees to be affected by the waiver.

(Amended by Stats. 1995, Ch. 652, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1996.)


No employee assigned to work a shift entitled to differential compensation shall be demoted in class or grade as a result of such an assignment.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)


An employee receiving differential compensation on the basis of his shift shall not lose such compensation if he is temporarily, for 20 working days or less, assigned to a shift not entitled to such compensation. The regular rate of pay for all purposes of an employee assigned to a shift which provides differential compensation shall be the differential rate.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)


This article shall apply to school districts that have adopted the merit system in the same manner and effect as if it were a part of Article 6 (commencing with Section 45240) of this chapter.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

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