(a) Employees in a class shall receive a salary within the limits established for that class; provided, that when a position has been allocated to a lower class or the salary range or rate of pay of the class is reduced, the department may authorize the payment of a rate above the maximum of the class; and provided further, that when an employee is moved to a position in a lower class because of reductions in force or other management-initiated changes, the department may, when recommended by the appointing power, authorize the payment of a rate above the maximum of the class for such time as the department may designate to the employee whose service has been fully satisfactory, who has completed a minimum of 10 years of state service, and who meets other eligibility standards established by the department. State service, for the purpose of this section, may include up to one year during which the employee was off the state payroll while laid off, or on leave of absence for the purpose of lessening the effect of impending layoff or demotion. It is the responsibility of the employee to request credit for such time from the department. Such service shall not be credited for retirement purposes.
The department may, upon recommendation of the appointing power, apply the provisions of this section to employees who, prior to the effective date of the amendments to this section made at the 1971 Regular Session of the Legislature, moved to a position in a lower class because of reductions in force or other management-initiated changes, provided such employees have more than 30 years state service prior to the effective date of such amendments and were so demoted on July 1, 1968.
During such time as an employees salary remains above the maximum rate of pay for his or her class, the employee shall not receive further salary increases.
(b) If the provisions of this section are in conflict with the provisions of a memorandum of understanding reached pursuant to Section 3517.5, the memorandum of understanding shall be controlling without further legislative action, except that if such provisions of a memorandum of understanding require the expenditure of funds, the provisions shall not become effective unless approved by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act.