The State Worker

Jerry Brown gives state workers a gift: time off

The 2013 Capitol Christmas tree in Sacramento, Calif.
The 2013 Capitol Christmas tree in Sacramento, Calif. The Sacramento Bee

Happy Holidays, state workers.

Gov. Jerry Brown is giving the 224,000 or so employees up to four hours of paid time off between now and year’s end. The “informal time off” is a tradition that governors both Democratic and Republican have carried on for many years.

The amount of time off is allocated to employees based on work schedule. Part timers receive as little as one hour, up to four hours for full-time workers.

The Department of Human Resources notified departments of the time-off policy in a nine-point memo issued Tuesday.

“The time off should be granted in a manner consistent with maintaining necessary services to the public,” the memo states.

Call Jon Ortiz, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1043.

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