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July 22, 2009
State layoffs will come Sept. 15 at the earliest

Note at 3:54 p.m.: The link to the DPA Web site has been fixed.

The 5,000 general fund job cuts announced by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration in May are still on, despite the budget deal cut Monday night by the governor and leaders of both parties in the Legislature. So are the 2,000 job cuts that the administration announced last week.

What that means is that Sept. 15 is the earliest date that state workers could lose their jobs if they're still in positions targeted for elimination . The state's layoff process requires 120 days of lead time from when a worker is notified of a possible layoff to when the ax actually falls. So workers notified on May 15 have until Sept. 15 to find a new position.

Click here for a chart that lays out how the layoff process works.

DPA tells us that of the 5,000 jobs targeted in May, about 1,100 employees have transferred out of them or left state service. And you'll recall from this blog post that Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services counted 400 vacant spots toward meeting their combined goal of about 1,000 layoffs.

Counting those budgeted-but-vacant slots were considered and exception to the rule at the time, but the administration is now allowing all departments to do the same to reach the 7,000 layoffs of the combined May and July layoff orders.

Departments had until Monday night to tell the administration which jobs they'll cut to get to that 7,000 target (the May 5,000 plus the 2,000 added last week). It will probably take a few more days to verify the list. We'll report the specifics as soon as they become available.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column 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 (916) 321-1043 and at


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