The State Worker

Bill gives job rights to California state workers returning from military

Assemblyman Rocky Chávez, R-Oceanside.
Assemblyman Rocky Chávez, R-Oceanside. The Sacramento Bee

Hourly-paid state workers on military leave would receive guaranteed work when they return from duty under the terms of an an Assembly bill introduced this week.

Current law gives exempt employees such as managers and supervisors the same position, tenure and civil-service rights “as they existed immediately prior to his or her military leave.” Hourly workers in similar circumstances are reinstated, but with no guarantee that they will receive the same number of work hours – or any hours – when they return.

Assembly Bill 64, introduced by Assemblyman Rocky Chávez, R-Oceanside, would close the loophole to require hourly state employees returning from active duty “be given the same shift and number of hours worked per week as he or she worked immediately prior to going on military leave.”

Chávez is a retired Marine colonel and held undersecretary and acting secretary posts with the California Department of Veterans Affairs under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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