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<p>​Effective April 1, 2017 (March 2017 pay period), the employer health contribution for Bargaining Units 3, 12, and 13 is $559 for Single, $1,125 for 2-Party, and $1,462 for Family.</p>Employer Health Contribution Change7/11/2017 7:00:00 AM
<p>​Assembly Bill 1887 prohibits state agencies from requiring any of its employees, officers, or members to travel to, or approving a request for state-funded or state-sponsored travel to, any state that has enacted discriminatory laws or practices on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, subject to certain exceptions.<br> <br>The Attorney General recently added five states to the restricted travel list: Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, South Dakota, and Texas. To view the entire list of banned states, visit the <a title="Attorney General's website" href="https://oag.ca.gov/ab1887">California Attorney General’s </a>website. <br> <br>Previously approved discretionary travel to the five states listed above must be cancelled. All mission critical travel to banned states must be resubmitted to Department Directors and Agency Secretaries (or their designee) to ensure they meet the exception criteria. New mission critical trips not already submitted in the FY17/18 travel blankets will require final approval from the Governor’s Office through the individual trip request process.<br> <br>Visit our webpage for more information regarding AB 1887 and <a title="Out-of-State Travel website" href="/employees/Pages/travel-out-of-state.aspx">out-of-state travel</a>.</p>The Attorney General Adds Five States to the Restricted Travel List for Out-of-State Travel7/7/2017 7:00:00 AM
<p>​<span class="ms-rteStyle-Bold">Excluded Employees:</span><br>Effective July 1, 2017, most excluded employees will receive a General Salary Increase (GSI) based on the bargaining unit they are affiliated with below:<br></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:50%;"> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Bold">EXCLUDED EMPLOYEES AFFILIATED WITH BARGAINING UNIT:</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:50%;text-align:center;"> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Bold">​GSI</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​1, 3, 4, 11, 14, 15, 17, 20, 21 - SEIU</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">​4%</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​2</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">​5%</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​6</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">​3%</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​7</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">​3%</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​9</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">​2%</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​10</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">​2% or 5%</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​12</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">​4%</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​13</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">​3%</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​16</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">​2%</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1">​18</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;">​3%</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1">​​19</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1" style="text-align:center;">​4%​</td></tr></tbody></table><p> <br>Salary increases for excluded employees affiliated with Bargaining Unit 5 (Highway Patrol) and Bargaining Unit 8 (Firefighters) will be addressed in future pay letters. <br> <br>Effective July 1, 2017, most Managerial, Supervisory, and Confidential employees designated E48, E68, E78, E79, E97, E98, and E99 will receive a GSI of four percent (4%). <br> <br>Exceptions to the salary increases above will be identified in pay letters that will be released in the following weeks.<br><br>For questions related to the above, designated contacts may contact CalHR’s Personnel Services Branch at <a href="mailto:psb@calhr.ca.gov" target="_blank">psb@calhr.ca.gov</a> or call (916) 323-3343. <br><br><span class="ms-rteStyle-Bold">Exempt Employees:</span><br>Effective July 1, 2017, most exempt positions with a CBID of R03, S03, M03, R20, E50, E79, E97, E98, and E99 will receive a GSI of four percent (4%). <br> <br>Exceptions to this GSI will be identified in exempt pay letters which will be released in the following weeks. <br> <br>For questions related to exempt pay letters, please contact CalHR’s Exempt Program at <a href="mailto:EPR@calhr.ca.gov" target="_blank">EPR@calhr.ca.gov</a>. <br><br><span class="ms-rteStyle-Bold">Other Post-Employment Benefits:</span><br>As negotiated in recent Memoranda of Understanding, the state and some employees will begin equally sharing the cost of prefunding retiree healthcare benefits, otherwise known as Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB). Excluded employees will also begin contributing to OPEB based on the same phase-in schedule negotiated by the bargaining unit they are affiliated with. For a list of the OPEB effective dates for each specific bargaining unit, please refer to <a href="http://hrmanual.calhr.ca.gov/Home/ManualItem/1422" target="_blank">section 1422</a> of CalHR’s Online HR Manual.</p>Excluded and Exempt Salary Increases – Fiscal Year 2017-186/29/2017 7:00:00 AM
<p style="text-align:left;">​The Reimbursement Account Enrollment Authorization (STD. 701R), Cash Option Enrollment Authorization (STD. 701C), and Consolidated Benefits (COBEN) Cash Enrollment Election (STD. 702) forms were updated 4/2017. The revision to the STD. 701C and STD. 702 notifies employees their enrollment will be administratively cancelled/changed when they enroll into a state-sponsored health and/or dental plan. Previous versions will not be accepted by the SCO after September 1, 2017, and will be returned to departments unprocessed. Please share this information with the appropriate staff. The updated enrollment forms are available on CalHR’s website at <a href="/Pages/forms.aspx">http://www.calhr.ca.gov/Pages/forms.aspx</a>.</p>FlexElect and Consolidated Benefits Form Revisions6/20/2017 7:00:00 AM
<p>CalHR is excited to announce the upcoming release of ECOS P3B, scheduled for June 30, 2017. The new release will provide examination administration functionality in ECOS, which will complement the existing certification and jobs functionality. For more information regarding this upcoming experience, refer to <a href="/Documents/P3BImpComFinal.pdf" target="_blank">ECOS P3B Implementation</a>.</p>Examination & Certification Online System (ECOS) Phase 3B (P3B) Implementation5/24/2017 7:00:00 AM
<p>​Dependent health vesting has discontinued for Bargaining Unit (BU) 18 effective February 1, 2017, Bargaining Units 1, 3, 4, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20, and 21 effective April 1, 2017, and will discontinue for BU 16 effective June 1, 2017. <br> <br>For more dependent health vesting information, please view the Dependent Health Vesting section of the Health Benefits Policy at the Online HR Manual, <a title="Link to HR Manual" href="http://hrmanual.calhr.ca.gov/Home/ManualItem">http://hrmanual.calhr.ca.gov/Home/ManualItem</a>. </p>Dependent Health Vesting Changes5/24/2017 7:00:00 AM
<p>Open Enrollment for Long Term Disability Insurance is April 1 through April 30, 2017.<br> <br>For information regarding open enrollment and to locate the enrollment form, please visit our <a href="http://hrmanual.calhr.ca.gov/Home/ManualItem/1413">Online HR Manual </a>and for more detailed information please visit our CalHR <a href="/state-hr-professionals/Pages/benefits-administration-manual-long-term-disability.aspx">Benefits Administration Manual</a>. </p>2017 Open Enrollment for Long Term Disability Insurance3/29/2017 7:00:00 AM
<p>View the top workforce challenges common to many California state organizations in the 2016 Statewide Workforce Planning Report <a href="/Documents/Statewide%20Workforce%20Plan%20Report%202016.pdf" target="_blank">PDF</a> | <a href="/Documents/Statewide%20Workforce%20Plan%20Report%202016.rtf" target="_blank">RTF</a>. </p>Statewide Workforce Plan Report 20163/2/2017 8:00:00 AM
<p>​The previous 25-Year Service and Retirement Awards contract expired on January 31, 2017.</p><p>As of February 1, 2017, the approved State Price Schedule service providers are Frank T Marchello and MTM Recognition. Both vendors have gift catalogs available for departmental use on the <a href="/employees/Pages/map-25-year-service-and-retirement-awards.aspx">25-Year Service and Retirement Awards website</a>.</p>25-Year Service and Retirement Awards Contract Update2/24/2017 8:00:00 AM
<p>​Open Enrollment for the Group Legal Services Insurance Plan is March 1 through April 28, 2017. </p><p>For detailed information regarding open enrollment, please visit our <a href="/state-hr-professionals/Pages/benefits-administration-manual-group-legal-services.aspx">CalHR Benefits Administration Manual</a>.</p>2017 Open Enrollment for Group Legal Services Insurance Plan2/17/2017 8:00:00 AM
<p>​This year CalHR will conduct the Benefits Administration Training classes March 21-23, April 11-13, June 20-22, and August 15-17. This training class is specifically designed for personnel staff who are responsible for providing state employee benefit information. <br> <br>For detailed information regarding the training class schedule and registration, please visit our <a title="CalHR Benefits Administration Training Center" href="/state-hr-professionals/Pages/ereg.aspx?of=Training%20Registration&class=Benefits%20Administration%20Training%20Class%20-%20BAM">CalHR Benefits Administration Training Calendar</a>.<br> <br> </p>2017 Benefits Administration Training Class2/10/2017 8:00:00 AM
<p>​Departments are cordially invited to attend CalHR’s 2017 Change Management Forum. The purpose of this Change Management Forum is to provide an overview to state agencies and departments of CalHR’s Selection Division upcoming service improvement deliverables and timelines. Forums will address, as a part of implementing the state’s Civil Service Improvement (CSI) initiatives, forthcoming changes, how these changes will have an impact, and how CalHR Selection Division plans to manage these changes internally and externally. Topics and improvement deliverables to be discussed are:</p><ul><li>CalHR Web Redesign</li><li>Online Office Technician</li><li>Selection Analyst Training</li><li>Examination and Certification Online System (ECOS) Phase 3B – Examinations</li><li>Decentralized Selection Delegation Agreement</li><li>Examination Flat Rate Fee</li></ul><p>The Change Management Forums will be held at the SPB Auditorium on:<br>Wednesday, February 15 2017, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.<br>Tuesday, February 28 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.<br>Tuesday, February 28 2017, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.</p><p>Seats are limited. <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/change-management-forum-tickets-31731528857">Register Now for CalHR's Change Management Forum</a></p>CalHR’s 2017 Change Management Forums2/9/2017 8:00:00 AM
<p>Effective January 1, 2017, the personal vehicle mileage reimbursement rate for all state employees is 53.5 cents per mile. <br> <br>The relocation/moving mileage reimbursement rate for all current state employees and new-hires to state service is 17 cents per mile.<br> <br>Unless otherwise stated in the applicable Memoranda of Understanding, the personal aircraft mileage reimbursement rate is $1.15 per statute mile.</p>2017 Mileage Reimbursement Rate for Use of Personal Vehicle1/13/2017 8:00:00 AM
<h1>​</h1><h1>ECOS Project Status Update<br> <br>January 9, 2017. Consistent with the goal of Civil Service Improvement to streamline the state’s hiring processes, the Department of Human Resources (CalHR) released the CalCareer account and job control features (Phase IIIA) of the Examination and Certification Online System (ECOS) on January 22, 2016. This phase of implementation was a paradigm shift for the State of California and created a change in state Human Resources Offices’ hiring business processes.<br>Over the past year, the ECOS project team has assessed the implementation and use of the new functionality, including conducting focus groups with departments and the public, receiving valuable feedback which will be incorporated within ECOS. As a result, CalHR will delay the launch of ECOS Phase IIIB (Examination Functionality) until June 2017 allowing the team to continue its efforts on enhancing the system and expanding functionality.<br>Additionally, the redesign of jobs.ca.gov website will be available by February 2017 and the improved features include:<br> New look and feel based on new state website template (http://ca.gov)<br>User based navigation<br>Improved job search capabilities, including:<br> Enhanced search results filtering<br>Career based job searching<br>More robust geographical search<br>Improved CalCareer account navigation<br>Furthermore, CalHR will be releasing an online Office Technician examination in early 2017! This will be a non-proctored examination available on the jobs website 24/7. All pencil and paper testing for the Office Technician examination ceased on December 30, 2016. Additional information regarding this examination will be forthcoming.<br>Please direct questions regarding information in this memorandum to Gina Forman at (916) 323-6099 or email Gina.Forman@calhr.ca.gov.<br> <br><br><br>To see this and other recent human resources announcements, please visit our HR Announcements web page.</h1><p>Consistent with the goal of Civil Service Improvement to streamline the state’s hiring processes, the Department of Human Resources (CalHR) released the CalCareer account and job control features (Phase IIIA) of the Examination and Certification Online System (ECOS) on January 22, 2016. This phase of implementation was a paradigm shift for the State of California and created a change in state Human Resources Offices’ hiring business processes.</p><p>Over the past year, the ECOS project team has assessed the implementation and use of the new functionality, including conducting focus groups with departments and the public, receiving valuable feedback which will be incorporated within ECOS. As a result, CalHR will delay the launch of ECOS Phase IIIB (Examination Functionality) until June 2017 allowing the team to continue its efforts on enhancing the system and expanding functionality.</p><p>Additionally, the redesign of jobs.ca.gov website will be available by February 2017 and the improved features include:</p><ul><li>New look and feel based on new state website template (<a href="http://ca.gov/" target="_blank">http://ca.gov</a>)</li><li>User based navigation</li><li>Improved job search capabilities, including:</li><ul><li>Enhanced search results filtering</li><li>Career based job searching</li><li>More robust geographical search</li></ul><li>Improved CalCareer account navigation</li></ul><p>Furthermore, CalHR will be releasing an online Office Technician examination in early 2017! This will be a non-proctored examination available on the jobs website 24/7. All pencil and paper testing for the Office Technician examination ceased on December 30, 2016. Additional information regarding this examination will be forthcoming.</p><p>Please direct questions regarding information in this memorandum to Gina Forman at (916) 323-6099 or email <a href="mailto:Gina.Forman@calhr.ca.gov">Gina.Forman@calhr.ca.gov</a>.</p>ECOS Project Status Update1/9/2017 8:00:00 AM
<p>​Effective January 1, 2017, the monthly limit for a <a href="http://hrmanual.calhr.ca.gov/Home/ManualItem/1601">Third Party Pre-Tax Reimbursement Account Program</a> deduction from an employee’s income to pay for qualified parking will be $255. This amount is a continuation of the monthly limit in effect for 2016.</p>2017 Monthly Deduction Amount for the Third Party Pre-Tax Parking Reimbursement Account Program12/29/2016 8:00:00 AM
<p>​On December 8, 2016 CalHR issued PML 2016-032, announcing the 2017 Excluded Employee Leave Buy-Back Program. This serves as a reminder that eligible employees (excluded employees with vacation or annual leave balances in excess of 640 hours as of December 1, 2016) electing to participate in the option to transfer future leave accruals to Savings Plus must submit their <a href="/Documents/CalHR-271.pdf">irrevocable election form</a> to your Human Resources Office by December 31, 2016. </p><p>This new option provides the following benefits: (1) if electing the pre-tax option, allows employees the opportunity to reduce their future leave accruals without increasing their taxable income, (2) reduces the state’s long term liability by paying out leave accruals at the employees’ current salary instead of at a potentially higher rate at retirement, (3) increases employees’ retirement savings without impacting their net pay, and (4) increases employees’ retirement savings by investing the assets now, allowing time for potential market growth prior to retirement.</p><p>The program is contingent upon the state extending the Leave Buy-Back Program for 2016/17 and your department’s authorization to offer the Program.</p><p>If you have any questions refer to the <a href="/Pages/faqs.aspx?FAQCategory=Leave%20Buy-Back">frequently asked questions</a>.</p>Deadline Reminder for PML 2016-03212/16/2016 8:00:00 AM
<p><a href="/Pages/publications-awws-calendars.aspx" target="_blank">2017 Alternate Work Week Calendars</a> are now available to view online.</p>2017 Alternate Work Week Calendars10/28/2016 7:00:00 AM
<p>Senate Bill 848, signed into law by Governor Brown on June 27, 2016, amended Government Code sections related to exempt employee return rights, leave overpayments, hiring persons with disabilities through the Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP), and leadership training for managers and supervisors. <a title="These amendments are designed to simplify, streamline, and improve civil service employment" href="/PML%20Library/PML2016028.pdf" target="_blank">These amendments are designed to simplify, streamline, and improve civil service employment</a> (PML 2016-028).</p>Changes to Rules on Exempt Return Rights, Leave Overpayments, LEAP, and Leadership Training10/7/2016 7:00:00 AM
<p>Effective September 1, 2016, <a title="Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) prefunding was implemented for Bargaining Unit 6 employees" href="/PML%20Library/2016027.pdf">Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) prefunding was implemented for Bargaining Unit 6 employees</a> (PML 2016-027) pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding .</p>OPEB Prefunding for Unit 6 Employees10/6/2016 7:00:00 AM
<p>​Effective October 1, 2016, <a href="/PML%20Library/2016026.pdf">employees in Units 2 and 7 are no longer subject to dependent health vesting</a> (PML 2016-026).</p>Dependent Health Vesting Ends for Unit 2 and 7 Employees10/4/2016 7:00:00 AM
<p>Effective September 13, 2016, CalHR established state business, travel and relocation expense <a title="reimbursement rates and policies for employees represented by Bargaining Units (BU) 2, 7, and 9" href="/PML%20Library/2016010.pdf" target="_blank">reimbursement rates and policies for employees represented by Bargaining Units 2, 7, and 9</a> (PML 2016-010). </p>Business, Travel, and Relocation Policy and Reimbursements for Employees in Units 2, 7, 9, and all Excluded Employees10/3/2016 7:00:00 AM
<p>​Effective October 1, 2016, <a href="/PML%20Library/2016025.pdf" target="_blank">Excluded employees affiliated with Bargaining Unit 2 will have their retirement contributions increase</a> (PML 2016-025).</p>Retirement Contribution Increase for Unit 2 Affiliated Excluded Employees9/27/2016 7:00:00 AM
<p>​Effective October 1, 2016, most <a title="Excluded and Exempt employees will receive a 3% GSI" href="/PML%20Library/2016023.pdf" target="_blank">Excluded and Exempt employees will receive a 3% General Salary Increase</a> (PML 2016-023). </p>Salary Increase for Excluded and Exempt Employees9/19/2016 7:00:00 AM
<p>​Open enrollment for Health, Dental, Vision, FlexElect, Cash Option, and COBRA starts September 12 and ends October 7. Help employees navigate their choices with the <a href="/benefits/Pages/open-enrollment-toolkit.aspx">open enrollment toolkit</a>.<br></p>2016 Open Enrollment9/12/2016 7:00:00 AM
<p>Employees may use up to five days of <a title="Administrative Time Off (ATO) for those affected by the Clayton and Chimney fires" href="/PML%20Library/2016021.pdf">Administrative Time Off (ATO) for those affected by the Clayton, Chimney, and Blue Cut fires</a> (PML 2016-021) because Governor Brown has declared a state of emergency for each affected county.</p>Administrative Time Off for Employees Affected by Clayton, Chimney, and Blue Cut Fires8/17/2016 7:00:00 AM
<p>​CalHR increased official <a title="state travel lodging and private aircraft reimbursement rates" href="/PML%20Library/2016020.pdf">state travel lodging and private aircraft reimbursement rates</a> (PML 2016-020) for all Excluded employees.</p>Travel Reimbursement Rate Increases for Excluded Employees7/27/2016 7:00:00 AM
<p>​CalHR opened HR credentialing exams statewide for Classification and Compensation, Recruitment and Selection, and Workforce and Succession planning. Apply to take one or more of these exams before August 5, 2016. See the <a title="HR Credentialing Program page" href="/state-hr-professionals/Pages/HR-Credentialing-Program.aspx">HR Credentialing Program page</a> for more information.</p>​CalHR Human Resources Credentialing Program7/11/2016 7:00:00 AM
<p>​CalHR clarified the rules for how you <a title="transfer lump sum separation pay" href="/PML%20Library/2016018.pdf">transfer lump sum separation pay</a> (PML 2016-018) to Savings Plus 401(k) Plan and 457 Plan accounts.</p>Transfer Lump Sum Separation Pay6/21/2016 7:00:00 AM

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