The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 9, 2009
Caltrans district director sets 'core business hours' for workers

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 081212 caltrans_logo.gifMany Caltrans employees continue to fume over outgoing Director Will Kempton's message that the department has ended alternative work schedules for the 2009-10 fiscal year.

In response, District Director Raymond Wolfe last week sent an e-mail to employees in his district outlining his work schedule policy. We're posting the e-mail here after confirming its authenticity with the department:

Click the link below to read the e-mail.

Implementation of a third furlough day has proven difficult to us all. The good news is that there has been no further discussion of additional salary cuts or furloughs. As you are well aware from Director Kempton's July 31 departing message, followed by Director Iwasaki's email last Friday, the Department has taken the additional step of suspending alternate work schedules for most staff through the duration of the furloughs. This measure was based on the need to continue to meet the Department's mission given the furlough constraint.

•All of this has raised the issue of standard work hours for the District. I do not believe it necessary to establish a set work schedule for all employees, but there are compelling reasons to institute core business hours in which staff are expected to work. This will enable us to continue to meet the needs of our internal and external partners.

• As such, the District's core business hours will be from 8:00 - 11:30 am and 12:30 - 4:00 pm. This means that staff may establish a work schedule with a start time earlier than 8:00 and an ending time later than 4:00 pm, but that staff are expected to work during the core hours. Examples of such work schedules are:

• A start time of 7:30 am and an end time of 4:15 pm, with a 45-minute lunch break taken sometime between 11:30 and 12:30.

•A start time of 8:00 am and an end time of 4:45, with a 45- minute lunch break taken sometime between 11:30 and 12:30.

The above examples are just two options that will enable staff to have flexibility with their work schedules while meeting the requirement to work during core hours. A variety of other schedules will also meet this requirement. Staff are expected to work with their respective supervisors to set their actual work schedules; these will be consistent with internal Division, District and external needs. There may be opportunities for minor deviations from the established core business hours. These will require approval from the Deputy District Director for the respective Division.

Raymond W. Wolfe
District 8 Director
464 West 4th Street
San Bernardino, CA 92401


About Comments

Reader comments on are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, click the "report abuse" button below it. We will delete comments containing inappropriate links, obscenities, hate speech, and personal attacks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. See more about comments here.

What You Should Know About Comments on is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)

Here are some rules of the road:

• Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "report abuse" button to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.

• Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.

• Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.

• Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand. If you want to discuss an issue with a specific user, click on his profile name and send him a direct message.

• Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.

• Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.

• Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.

• Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.

You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "report abuse" button to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.

If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them, but you may ask our staff to retract one of your comments by sending an email to Again, make sure you note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us your profile name.

hide comments
blog comments powered by Disqus

About The State Worker

Jon Ortiz The Author

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


Now on the State Worker column

    [an error occurred while processing this directive]

State Pay Database

This database allows you to search the salaries of California's 300,000-plus state workers and view up to four years of their pay history.

Latest Capitol Alert headlines

    404 - Not Found - The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, California

    404 Not Found

    Our apologies....

    We can't find the page you requested in this location.

    The story may have moved or expired.

    You may wish to:

  • » More on the Capitol Alert blog


May 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
      1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31  

Monthly Archives