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.