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As used in this chapter, the following terms shall be defined as indicated:

(a) "Appointing power" means the officers of the City who, in their individual capacities, or as a board, commission, or City Council, have the final authority to make the appointment to the position to be filled.

(b) "Class" means all positions sufficiently similar in duties, authority, and responsibility, to permit grouping under a common title in the application with equity of common standards of selection, transfer, demotion and salary.

(c) "Competitive service" means all positions of employment in the service of the City except those specifically excluded by this chapter.

(d) "Days" means calendar days unless otherwise stated.

(e) "Demotion" means the movement of an employee from one class to another class having a lower maximum rate of pay.

(f) "Examination" means selection techniques used to measure the relative capacities of the persons applying for positions within the competitive service.

(g) "Employment list" means a list of names of persons who may be considered for employment with the City under specified conditions.

(h) "Lay off" means the separation of employees from the active work force due to lack of work or funds, or to the abolition of positions by the City Council for the above reasons or due to organizational changes.

(i) "Position" means a group of duties and responsibilities in the competitive service requiring the full-time or part-time employment of one person.

(j) "Probationary period" means a working test period during which an employee is required to demonstrate his or her fitness for the position to which he or she is appointed by actual performance of the duties of the position.

(k) "Promotion" means the movement of an employee from one class to another class having a higher maximum rate of pay.

(l) "Provisional appointment" means an appointment of a person who possesses the minimum qualifications established for a particular class and who has been appointed to a position in that class in the absence of available eligibles.

(m) "Reinstatement" means the reemployment without examination of a former regular employee or probationary employee.

(n) "Suspension" means the temporary separation from the service of an employee without pay, for disciplinary purposes.

(o) "Transfer" means a change of an employee from one position to another position in the same class or in a comparable class.