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CalPERS Benefits Education Event in Visalia - March 2 & 3

Posted: 2/9/2018 Tags: benefits retirement Tags Views: 98

The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) is hosting a two-day CalPERS Benefits Education Event (CBEE) in Visalia to inform members in an 10-county area about programs and benefits available to them. This event will take place at the Visalia Convention Center on Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3, 2018. The same program is offered on each day, so attendees can select the day they wish to attend.

Whether new to CalPERS, in mid-career, or close to retirement, CBEEs offer all CalPERS members a wealth of information about their retirement and health benefits, supplemental savings plans, long-term care coverage, and more. Representatives from CalPERS Regional Offices will be on hand to answer questions.

Open both Friday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the event features breakout sessions specific to both early through mid-career members, and those nearing retirement. Topics to be covered include CalPERS retirement benefits, CalPERS health benefits, and deferred compensation.

For more information and to register for this event, visit https://www.calpers.ca.gov/page/newsroom/calpers-news/2018/benefits-education-event-visalia.


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State Personnel Board Passes IT Consolidation Plan

Posted: 2/2/2018 Tags: legislation policy representation salary Tags Views: 512

Effective January 31, 2018, the State Personnel Board approved a plan to consolidate and re-classify a wide range of IT job descriptions as part of the ongoing Civil Service Improvement Project. An estimated 1,694 excluded employees are impacted by this consolidation effort.

Also on January 31, 2018, CalHR released Pay Letter 18-04 which outlines details of the Consolidation plan and how it affects specific job classifications. 36 service-wide classifications consolidated into 9 new classifications as outlined in this SPB Specification sheet. The IT Consolidation Career Path document charts how these new classifications relate to each other and the ranges within each.

If you have individual concerns about how your job is affected by the IT Consolidation plan, please contact your local ACSS Labor Relations Representative.


Updated 2/9/2018

>> Minutes from the January 11, 2018 SPB meeting

>> SPB webpage with other Board Meetings, Agendas and Live Streaming videos


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Notable points from the Governor’s State Budget Report 2018-2019

Posted: 1/26/2018 Tags: budget legislation policy Tags Views: 550

On January 10, 2018, Governor Brown released his proposed 2018-2019 State Budget.  The proposal maintains a balanced budget for the foreseeable future under current projections and will also bring the Rainy Day Fund to $13.5 billion, the maximum level allowed under the State Constitution. Revenues for the current budget year are predicted to be $4.7 billion higher than previously estimated. While next fiscal year’s Budget is projected to have a healthy surplus, Brown noted the state will continue to face uncertain times, including the ramifications of the recently enacted federal tax bill and his reiterated warnings to plan for an inevitable recession. The Governor’s budget proposes $131.7 billion in General Fund expenditures, an increase of 4.1 percent over the 2017-2018 budget.

Click here to read the full story...


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CalHR Releases Pay Letter with CDTFA Raises and AOD Pay Differential for OIG

Posted: 1/25/2018 Tags: legislation policy representation salary Tags Views: 380

On January 18, 2018, CalHR released Pay Letter 18-03 which outlines Special Salary Adjustments (SSA) for some Managers and Supervisors of the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA), Franchise Tax Board (FTB) and Employment Development Department (EDD). We reported on this issue earlier this month about how ACSS’ efforts helped alleviate salary compaction for some classifications at CDTFA. The SSA for these classifications are effective as of January 1, 2018.

Pay Letter 18-03 also includes Administrator-of-the-Day (AOD) Pay Differential 422 for excluded employees at the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). This Pay Differential affects the following classifications:

  • Special Assistant Inspector General
  • Senior Assistant Inspector General
  • Chief Assistant Inspector General

ACSS intends to advocate for Pay Differential compensation in a similar approach for excluded classifications at other departments who have AOD responsibilities. We plan on discussing this issue with CalHR in the near future.


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Updated Savings Plan Documents for Excluded Employees

Posted: 1/18/2018 Tags: policy Tags Views: 897

CalHR informed ACSS of changes to the 457 Savings Plan and the 401(k) Savings Plan documents for Excluded Employees.  Click below to view the updated documents. 


Updated 2/8/18

ACSS worked with CalHR to identify changes to the plans. While most amendments are technical and routine in nature, there are some plan improvements. Employees returning to state service can now immediately resume participation in the Savings Plus program. The state has also increased options for spouses and other payees to elect Roth rollover conversions. The amendments include technical updates clarifying the state’s ability to collect overpayments. Of concern, the amendments allow the state to terminate the loan program. ACSS knows the loan program is popular with members, particularly in helping with down payments for homes. ACSS expressed concern over this change and were told that the state has no plans to end the loan program at this time. ACSS will advocate against an end to the loan program should one be proposed.

Members with questions about the Savings Plus program can reach out to the Savings Plus Service Center by e-mail, phone, or visiting the walk-in center in Sacramento. Click here for contact information.


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Special Salary Adjustment Resolves Salary Compaction for some CDTFA Excluded Employees

Posted: 1/9/2018 Tags: legislation representation salary Tags Views: 1247

Because of ACSS’ efforts, CalHR has approved the proposed Special Salary Adjustments for excluded employees of the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA). This SSA alleviates salary compaction for impacted classifications at CDTFA and is effective as of January 1, 2018. These are some of the classifications that ACSS identified that CalHR did not adhere to their own criteria to set and maintain a 5% pay differential. Click here to view a copy of the current and proposed salaries for these impacted classifications.

President Frank Ruffino comments on this latest win, “ACSS has been advocating tirelessly on behalf of CDTFA and we have been patiently waiting for results. This is great news for our members and all affected CDTFA excluded employees.”

An official pay letter from CalHR is coming soon and we will share it as soon as it is released.


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IT Class Consolidation Update

Posted: 1/3/2018 Tags: classification legislation representation salary Tags Views: 1060

After several delays last year the IT Class Consolidation proposal will be considered by the State Personnel Board at its January meeting.

CalHR first provided ACSS a draft of the plan in Spring 2017. Since then, ACSS has been meeting and dialoguing with CalHR regarding the proposed changes to IT Classifications. Large numbers of IT Excluded Employees responded to ACSS’ request for input; that feedback was beneficial to our discussions with CalHR. Many of the respondents expressed frustration that pay parity in the IT industry with both the public and private sectors was not addressed in the class series proposed by CalHR. ACSS addressed this issue with CalHR. CalHR’s position is that the Civil Service Improvement Project classification consolidations must be cost neutral. Therefore, CalHR stated they will use existing pay ranges. The State Personnel Board does not set excluded employee salaries. The authority to set excluded employee salaries is under the jurisdiction of CalHR.

Through the meet and confer process ACSS was able to obtain several changes to the proposed IT Class Consolidation plan.

ACSS submitted a position letter to CalHR to address concerns with regard to proposed salary ranges and reallocation of incumbent Data Processing Managers I, II, and III. The letter is part of the SPB Board item package, which is available on the SPB website.

The State Personnel Board Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 11th beginning at 10:00 a.m. ACSS will provide an update to excluded IT employees shortly thereafter. 
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ACSS Holiday Hours

Posted: 12/19/2017 Tags: Tags Views: 178

ACSS will be closed on the following days to observe the 2017 holiday season:

  • Friday, December 22, 2017
  • Monday December 25th, 2017
  • Friday December 29th, 2017
  • Monday January 1, 2018

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New Policy Requiring Background Checks Could Result in Job Losses for Some Excluded Employees

Posted: 12/15/2017 Tags: legislation policy representation Tags Views: 1006

A new policy may affect the careers of excluded state workers in several departments. CalHR notified ACSS that state workers who handle taxpayer information will undergo mandatory criminal background checks. If excluded employees do not pass the background check, they could be “non-punitively separated” from state service. These background check policies are intended to bring California in compliance with federal guidelines from the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Homeland Security. At the moment, it is unknown when this policy will be implemented.

ACSS has been receiving notices from individual departments regarding this issue and is reaching out to specific groups of excluded employees asking for feedback and concerns. Below is a list of the California departments that have notified ACSS of this policy change:

  • Department of Social Services
  • Employment Development Department
  • Department of General Services
  • California Department of Fee and Tax Agency
  • CalOES (Federal Suitability Screenings)

If you work for one of these departments and have questions or concerns about the background check policy, please contact your regional ACSS Labor Relations Representative.

ACSS is on your side and is fighting for your career. We are doing everything we can to prevent job loss over this issue. Please make sure your contact info is up to date so that we can provide you with the latest information as we receive it.

Click here to read additional information in the Sac Bee article.


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ACSS Members - Update your information!

Posted: 12/11/2017 Tags: Tags Views: 285

In 2017, have you made any changes to your contact info? If so, use the easy Update My Info form on our website to update your information!  With this form, you can update your:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Work contact info
  • Work department or work location
  • Classification

Make sure we have your most current contact information so that we can provide up-to-date news and information to you. 


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