New employees start work within the pay range specified in their announcement. Periodic merit increases — up to the range’s maximum — may be given to employees with satisfactory performance.
Merit System Ordinance
Employees in departments under the County Manager’s direction are in the Competitive Service and work under a Merit System Ordinance — a merit-based employee plan for appointment, promotion and separation.
Eligibility for Employment
Newly hired employees must prove their identity and U.S. work eligibility.
Newly selected employees must go through a background check and may have to sign an authorization release for Arlington to obtain their background information, which may include:
- Criminal record
- Driving record
- Professional licenses
- Credit history
As part of the examination procedure, newly appointed permanent employees and promoted employees serve a probationary period, as noted on their announcement.
Social Security and Workers’ Compensation
The Social Security Act’s Old-Age and Survivors and Disability Insurance Benefits section and the State Workers Compensation Act cover all employees.