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CalPERS Urges Prefunding of Retiree Healthcare

Posted: 12/17/2014 Tags: health insurance retirement Tags Views: 2860

Posted: 12/17/2014

CalPERS has joined State Controller John Chiang in supporting prefunded healthcare plans for California retirees to supplement future health care needs. Chiang, who is also a member of the CalPERS Board of Administration, issued a press release on 12/16/14 noting a $71.8 billion unfunded retiree healthcare liability for California.

Prefunding retiree healthcare is a fiscally prudent move to help close the unfunded liability gap in health care for the State’s retirees. CalPERS optional California Employers' Retiree Benefit Trust (CERBT) Fund is helping employers at all levels take a proactive step to ensure the long-term sustainability and security of health benefits for their retirees.

The fund has 439 participating employers, including the State of California, which contributes for (three) employee bargaining units that took the proactive step of agreeing to prefund health coverage for their members. The CERBT fund is currently valued at more than $4 billion and is currently the largest Other Post-Employment Benefits fund in the California.

View the CalPERS Press Release here with additional information links.

View the State Controller Chaing's Press Release.


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It's Flu Season! CalHR Gives Us Prevention Tips for the Workplace

Posted: 11/18/2014 Tags: health memo policy Tags Views: 3302

Posted: 11/18/2014

CalHR released memorandum PML-2014-045 on the prevention and management of illness in the workplace. CalHR recommends the following guidelines for departments to use for absences that may occur due to the influenza (flu) season. It should be noted that while the symptoms are similar, the flu is disticntly different than the Ebola virus.  For more information on the Ebola virus, please review PML 2014-039.

The memo offers managers and supervisors a few important considerations:

  • If employees are showing signs of flu symptoms, employers should encourage employees to stay home or go home.
  • Review the provisions of leave usage in the appropriate bargaining agreements.
  • Check CalHR's Leave Benefits webpage for guidance on the usage of the above leaves.
  • To minimize the impact on operations, consider tele-working or flextime.

Based on recommendations from the California Department of Public Health and the CDD&P, the memo contains links to more information on flu season guidance specifically for Supervisors and Managers.

Cover your coughs and wash your hands often! ACSS hopes you and your employees stay healthy this fall and winter around the workplace.


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CalPERS coming to Visalia

Posted: 5/20/2014 Tags: benefits health membership pension salary Tags Views: 2209

The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) is hosting another Benefits Education Event to help members plan for a more financially secure future.

The event will be held in Visalia on May 30 and 31.


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CalPERS Benefits Education Events

Posted: 4/23/2014 Tags: benefits health membership pension salary Tags Views: 2442

The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) is hosting Benefits Education Events to help members plan for a more financially secure future.

The fairs begin in Sacramento on May 9 and 10, continue in Visalia on May 30 and 31, and conclude in Ontario on June 6 and 7.


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ACSS leader re-elected president of Nursing Board

Posted: 3/5/2014 Tags: health membership Tags Views: 1646

ACSS Vice President of Membership Development Todd D'Braunstein has been re-elected to a third consecutive term as president of the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians, on which he has served since 2010.

D'Braunstein has worked in multiple positions at Patton State Hospital since 2009, including program assistant and unit supervisor. D'Braunstein also held various positions - including unit supervisor, psychiatric technician instructor and senior psychiatric technician - at Patton from 1997 to 2005.

He was a crisis team member at Tri-City Mental Health Center from 1995 to 1996 and a psychiatric technician at Lanterman Developmental Center from 1993 to 1995.

D'Braunstein has been an ACSS member since 2005.


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CCHCS surveying all medical care staff

Posted: 2/19/2014 Tags: health prison Tags Views: 2244

California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) has announced that they will be conducting a "Patient Safety Culture Survey" of all medical care staff, including mental health and dental care.

Per CCHCS, the survey should run through March 7, 2014.

If you have any concerns regarding this survey, please direct them to ACSS Senior Labor Relations Representative Nellie D. Lynn at nlynn@calcsea.org


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Reed's pension attack cleared for signature gathering

Posted: 1/8/2014 Tags: election health pension Tags Views: 1767

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has officially cleared San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed's pension attack ballot initiative for signature gathering.

To qualify for a public vote, Reed's proposed Consitution-altering intiative needs 807,615 signatures by the June 5th deadline.


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Meet Kindle sweepstakes winner Nick Hromyak

Posted: 11/1/2013 Tags: health Tags Views: 1780

Meet one of the five winners of our Kindle tablet computer sweepstakes, Nick Hromyak.

Mr. Hromyak is a Senior Information Systems Analyst with the Department of Health Care Services.

Nick worked as a private contractor for seven years and now has been a supervisor at DHCS for two years.

Nick sought out ACSS because he's interested in improving his career with the State, and wants to network with his fellow successful supervisors and managers.

Now Nick is not only part of California's largest network for state supervisors and managers, he's also the proud owner of a brand new 7" Kindle Fire HD tablet computer.

Congrats, Nick!

Stay tuned to see the remaining winners of our sweepstakes in the coming weeks.

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Are you impacted by CDPH's new outside employment policy?

Posted: 10/11/2013 Tags: health rights salary Tags Views: 1755

Your ACSS received notice that the California Department of Public Health has implemented a new policy re: Incompatible Outside Employment and Activities.

Per the notice "outside employment is defined as any services performed by an employee on his or her own time, during other than normal working hours, for which he or she may receive any form of compensation that exceeds $420 per year."

If you have reason to believe that your rights are being violated with this new policy, please contact ACSS Senior Labor Relations Specialist Nellie D. Lynn at nylnn@calcsea.org


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You can help fix SRN scheduling

Posted: 8/28/2013 Tags: health membership prison Tags Views: 2069

In order to address several pressing issues reported by our members, your ACSS has implemented quarterly meetings with California Correctional Health Care Service (CCHCS). 

The first meeting will most likely be set for the second or third week of September and will primarily address issues with Supervising Registered Nurse (SRN) scheduling, including:

  • SRN not being able to get days off
  • Issues with vacation time due to poor scheduling
  • Preferential treatment in shift assignments
  • Having to cover additional shifts  

If you have encountered issues with SRN scheduling at your institution, please forward the specifics immediately to ACSS Senior Labor Relations Representative Nellie D. Lynn at nlynn@calcsea.org


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