Legislative News

Retirement Contribution Rates Increase Effective July 1, 2014

Posted: 6/20/2014 Tags: pension policy Tags Views: 594

Per a memo from CalHR, retirement contribution rates will increase effective July 1, 2014, for certain state employees pursuant to the Public Employees' Reform Act of 2013 and CalPERS law. Click here to learn more about the required employee retirement contribution increases for excluded, exempt, and represented employees by retirement category.

Departmental personnel offices are not required to take any action. The State Controller's office (SCO) will process a mass update to capture employee retirement contribution changes.


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ACSS Meets with CalHR to Discuss Compaction

Posted: 6/13/2014 Tags: compaction policy Tags Views: 557

On June 12, ACSS Executive Director Rocco Paternoster met with Richard Gillihan, Acting Director of CalHR to discuss compaction and other issues facing ACSS members.

Paternoster was appreciative that Gillihan spoke honestly and frankly during the productive meeting regarding the state budget process, employee compensation issues, and especially compaction, showcasing Gillihan's depth of knowledge and expertise on the subject. Compaction and SB216 were discussed at length. In addition, Paternoster was able to provide CalHR with with specific information on multiple state supervisory classifications which make significantly less or incrementally more than the classifications they supervise.

While Acting Director Gillihan could not commit to resolving compaction he did acknowledge that it was an issue in state service and committed to continuing to work with ACSS on labor issues.


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Revised budget includes 2% raises

Posted: 5/14/2014 Tags: Tags Views: 559

Governor Brown's revised budget includes nearly $184 million to cover a 2% raise for thousands of state employees.

The 2% "trigger-based" salary increases were dependent on the State hitting certain revenue targets. The revised budget summary for "Statewide Issues" clarifies that the revenue targets have been surpassed, triggering the raises.

We're still waiting for additional information from Finance to outline the full scope of eligible employees, so stay tuned for updates.


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Gov. Brown calls for review of Rainy Day Fund

Posted: 4/16/2014 Tags: budget election governor legislature Tags Views: 720

As part of his continuing commitment to pay down California's massive "Wall of Debt," Governor Brown convened a special session of the Legislature to address the state's Rainy Day Fund.

The governor is asking legislators to revise a ballot measure that would divert additional funding to the Rainy Day account and would increase restrictions on how the funding can be used. The measure would require the funds to predominantly be used for natural emergencies, such as wildfires. Brown is urging California's elected officials to consider the use of funds to used to respond to fiscal emergencies as well.


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