The State Worker

Jon Ortiz chronicles civil-service life for California state workers

California legislation that state workers should watch

03/21/2014 4:34 PM

03/21/2014 7:16 PM

Hollywood produces movies. Silicon Valley makes software. And Sacramento cranks out bills by the thousands.

We’ve picked through the pile. Here a dozen measures of interest to California state workers:

SENATE BILLS:

SB 1071 (Beall) Sets a seniority system for state managers and supervisors to pick their work shifts. Employees would control assignments for 60 percent of the positions. The state would control scheduling for the balance of positions.

SB 1114 (Walters) Adds five years to service time threshold to qualify for retiree health benefits. Employees hired in 2015 and beyond would have to work 15 years, up from the current 10 years, to qualify for a 50 percent state contribution to retiree health insurance, and maxing out at 25 years. The bill also prohibits those future employees from receiving retiree health-benefit contributions that exceed what active state employees receive.

SB 1288 (Huff) Bans bundling state-employee labor contracts together in a single bill – a tactic that shields controversial agreements –by requiring legislation containing only one one memorandum of understanding at a time.

SB 1240 (Anderson) Amends state employment forms to require applicants to disclose whether they entered into an agreement with any other state agencies that prohibits them from taking another state job.

ASSEMBLY BILLS:

AB 837 (Wieckowski) Exempts judges from certain terms in the Public Employees Pension Reform Act if they were elected to office before Jan. 1, 2013, but took their seat on the bench on or after that date.

AB 1163 (Levine) Requires CalPERS Board of Administration to adopt a policy that requires board members receive at least 24 hours of training every two years. (CalPERS this month approved a training policy for its board members.)

AB 1600 (Gomez) Requires state agencies outsource services only after they give state employees a chance to competitively bid and present cost estimates and make recommendations.

AB 1783 (Jones-Sawyer) Gives state employers one year from the date of a employee’s alleged offense to investigate and serve disciplinary notice. Current law allows up to three years. AB 1783 wouldn’t apply to cases of fraud, embezzlement, or falsification of records.

AB 1820 (Mullin) Expands the state’s use of email in online job application and hiring processes.

AB 2155 (Ridley-Thomas) Forbids state departments from forcing overtime on registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses or certified nursing assistants.

AB 2543 (Levine) Expresses the intent the Legislature to create an ethics committee on nepotism and cronyism in state service.

HR 29 (Gomez) Non-binding Assembly statement that encourages local government officials spurn outsourcing services in favor of giving work to civil-service employees.

About This Blog

Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at jortiz@sacbee.com or 916-321-1043. Twitter: @TheStateWorker.

 

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