The State Worker

Departments to California state workers: Want to cash out some leave?

California state government’s leave cash-out program is up and running at the Department of Social Services, where employees last week received query forms that asked if they wanted to trade up to 20 hours of leave time for money.

Social Services workers covered by the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association and International Union of Operating Engineers (Bargaining Unit 12) are eligible under terms of contracts bargained last year. The state’s civil service engineers’ union, a group mostly found in Caltrans, also bargained a leave cash-out clause. And the Brown administration added excluded employees to the program – managers, supervisors and the like – even if they manage unionized workers who aren’t eligible.

About 62,000 of the state’s 218,000 government workforce falls into one of the four groups.

Departments have discretion whether to offer the program, since they have to cash out the leave credits with money pulled from existing resources. Disbursements must be made by the end of June. Here’s how Social Services asking its unionized workers and its excluded staff about participating.

Annual Leave Cash Out

Excluded Employee Leave Buy Back form

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