Personnel Board stands
firm on qualifications
Despite heavy lobbying from departments and unions, California’s personnel panel has stood its ground: If you’re applying for a state job, you have to meet the minimum qualifications – even if you’re already a state worker.
The State Personnel Board has issued guidelines for applying its ruling in a case that found the California Public Utilities Commission wrongly awarded a transfer without a test to an employee who lacked the experience and the education for the job.
The decision ended a common practice that allowed state employees to skip the minimum requirements for some jobs. They could, for example, move between similar positions without taking a civil service test if the pay difference between the two positions was less than 10 percent.
The board’s guidelines don’t soften the impact of its ruling, even though state employee advocacy groups, unions and several departments wanted it rescinded or significantly amended. Many state workers are single parents and some hold down more than one job, advocates for workers said, so taking college courses to meet job requirements would be a hardship.
– Jon Ortiz
“I’m 5 foot 9. I feel 5’11.”
Darrell Steinberg, Senate leader on acting as California governor Tuesday while Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom are out of state.