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CalHR Committed to Continuing Efforts to Resolve Salary Compaction

Posted: 3/18/2016 Tags: bargaining benefits compaction legislation pension policy retirement Tags Views: 2367

New policy for shift assignments for SRN II positions is coming soon!

Posted: 2/12/2016 Tags: policy Tags Views: 2110

ACSS for many years has advocated on behalf of CDCR supervising nurses for a fair policy for shift assignments for Supervisory Registered Nurses (Level II) of the California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS). We are happy to announce that a CCHCS policy for shift assignments based on seniority is soon to be a reality.

This new policy would benefit SRN II positions to finally be able to choose shifts based on their seniority level, as opposed to the current policy of shift selection based on vacancy, assigned placement, or operational need.

ACSS will continue to work diligently with CCHCS through the meet and confer process on this issue as the draft is being finalized. Stay tuned for additional updates.


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Notable Points From The Governor's State Budget Report 2016-2017


On Thursday 1/8/16, Governor Brown released his proposed 2016-2017 State Budget. Brown claims that the budget still remains “precariously balanced” for the long term. Brown stated, “While timing is uncertain, the next recession is getting closer, and the state must begin to plan for it.”

Here are the proposals that affect ACSS and ACSS members:

State Employee Compensation

The Budget includes $220 million ($27 million General Fund) in 2016-17 for employee compensation and health care costs for active state employees. Included in these costs are collectively bargained salary increases for many of the state’s rank and file employees represented by bargaining unit 9 (engineers), which the Administration is extending to state managers and supervisors related to these employees. A 5% general raise in July of 2016 is the only currently      >> Read More...


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AB 229 Allows State Employees Usage of Uber and AirBnB

Posted: 12/30/2015 Tags: policy Tags Views: 1645

The California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) released a PML which provides guidance on the provisions of Assembly Bill 229 (AB 229), which becomes effective January 1, 2016.

AB 229 adds section to California Government Code and stipulates that state agencies cannot prohibit state employees on official travel from using certain transportation network companies such as Uber or Lyft as well as short-term rental companies such as AirBnB.

Click here to download details of PML 2015-039 from CalHR.


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IRS Decreases Mileage Reimbursement Rate

Posted: 12/30/2015 Tags: policy Tags Views: 1733

Effective January 1, 2016, the personal vehicle mileage reimbursement rate for employees will be 54 cents per mile (CPM). This reflects a 3.5 cent decrease from 2015. The California Department of Human Resources uses the same rates as those published by the Internal Revenue Service. Employee questions about the mileage reimbursement rates should be addressed on the department level.

Click here to read the details of PML 2015-041 from CalHR.


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CalTrans Grants ACSS’ Grievance to Enforce “Call Out” Compensation

Posted: 12/22/2015 Tags: grievance jobs policy representation rights Tags Views: 1863

At the end of October, a CalTrans Supervisor alerted ACSS about concerns regarding a decision by the Department of Transportation (CalTrans) to change the method used to compensation supervisory staff for call outs. CalTrans sent an email informing maintenance supervisors that they would no longer receive a minimum of four hours of work time when called back to work after completing a normal work shift and/or during off-duty hours. Supervisors would only be paid for the actual time of work performed and a minimum of 4 hours of pay for a call out was not applicable to supervisors.

ACSS determined this new method of compensation for call outs was a violation of statute, regulations and CalHR policy. ACSS filed a grievance on behalf of the ACSS Member as well as all CalTrans excluded employees. The two primary classifications impacted are CalTrans Maintenance Supervisor (6301) and CalTrans Maintenance Area Superintendent (6282).

On December 16, 2015, ACSS received CalTrans’ response granting the grievance. The response stated “We appreciate you bringing this matter to our attention. It was never our intention to unilaterally terminate any benefit which we have the authority to provide to our employees … Therefore, it is our determination after further analysis that the CMS and CMAS classifications are in fact entitled to the 4-hour minimum when called back into work. Therefore, based on my review of the information presented above, your grievance is hereby granted.”

As a result of ACSS’ efforts, these CalTrans excluded employees have retained their rightful benefits. ACSS became their voice, supported them through this complicated workplace issue, and resolved the conflict on behalf of excluded employees.


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Annual Premium Age Update Review – Life Insurance and Long Term Disability

Posted: 12/18/2015 Tags: benefits insurance policy Tags Views: 1414

Annual Premium Age Update Review – Basic Group Term Life Insurance, Supplemental Life Insurance, and Long Term Disability Insurance

Effective January 1, 2016, premium changes take effect for certain employees enrolled in the Basic Group Term Life Insurance, Supplemental Life Insurance, and Long Term Disability Insurance (LTD) Programs for excluded employees. These changes are based on the employee’s age, salary, and/or policy amount.

The Basic Group Term Life Insurance policy for excluded employees requires that when employees reach age 70, their employer-paid life insurance premium and benefit will be reduced by 50 percent on January 1 of the following year. Therefore, effective January 1, 2016, (December 2015 pay period) premiums for these employees will be reduced by 50 percent. Benefits will be reduced as follows:

  • Managerial employees from $50,000 to $25,000.
  • Confidential and supervisory employees from $25,000 to $12,500.

Questions regarding these changes should be directed to MetLife at 1-800-252-8524.

Click here to read the full text of PML 2015-036.


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Changes to Career Executive Assignment (CEA) Qualifications and Reinstatement Rights

Posted: 10/16/2015 Tags: policy Tags Views: 1596

Cal HR released a Personnel Management Liasons (PML) that describes changes to the minimum qualifications of the Career Executive Assignment (CEA). Since SB 99 went into effect on September 22, 2015, CEA recruitment is now open to the public and not just for state workers, therefore the potential candidate pool has more competition.

SB 99 also implements some changes in reinstatement rights. Soon CalHR will release an updated CEA booklet that includes these updates.

Click here to read PML 2015-031

Click here to read more about SB 99 - PML 2015-030


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ACSS Delegate Assembly Conducts Business and Appoints New Executive Committee

Posted: 7/20/2015 Tags: ACSS elections chapters election events meeting policy Tags Views: 2142

ACSS held its Delegate Assembly over the past weekend on July 17-19, 2015.  Friday's events started out with a Bylaws and Policy Committee meeting along with a Finance Committee meeting. Saturday's Delegate Assembly held an election for the selection of the new Board of Directors to serve the next three-year term. The Delegate Assembly also passed all four resolutions presented before the board.  Newly elected Chapter Presidents and Chapter Officers were sworn-in and took the oath of office to serve on their upcoming 3-year term. Saturday evening featured an "Evening Under The Stars" dinner dance party that was enjoyed by all.  Sunday, ACSS held a Board Meeting and elected a new Executive Committee to oversee the organization, and was sworn into office by CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Arlene Espinoza concluded her 6 years as ACSS President and handed over the gavel to newly elected ACSS President Frank Ruffino.

Congratulations to all the newly elected Chapter Officers, Delegates, Board of Directors and Executive Committee!  ACSS Delegate Assembly 2015 was a huge success. 

ACSS Chapter Officers 2015

ACSS Board of Directors 2015-2018

ACSS Executive Committee being sworn in by CA Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones.
 

 

Arlene Espinoza, ACSS former President, handing over the gavel to newly elected ACSS President Frank Ruffino.


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