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About CalHR

CalHR jobs | Personnel functions performed by CalHR


The California Department of Human Resources was created on July 1, 2012 by Governor Brown's reorganization plan. CalHR consolidated the State of California's two personnel departments, bringing together the Department of Personnel Administration with certain programs of the State Personnel Board. As of July 1, 2013, CalHR became part of the Government Operations Agency.

CalHR's Responsibilities

CalHR has responsibility for all issues related to salaries and benefits, job classifications, civil rights, training, exams, recruiting, and retaining. For most employees, many of these matters are determined through the collective bargaining process.


Benefits - partnering with CalPERS to administer health benefits, plus administering dental, vision, EAP, workers' compensation, and other benefits

Civil Rights - ensuring all parts of the State workforce observe civil rights of citizens and State employees

Labor Relations - CalHR represents the Governor as "employer" in all matters pertaining to California State personnel employer-employee relations

Savings Plus - administering the State employees' 401(k) and 457 programs and the Part-Time, Seasonal and Temporary and Alternate Retirement programs

Selection - creating and administering the civil service exams that let the State recruit excellent candidates in a fair and open process

Personnel Management - administering the State's classification plan, salaries, and manager/supervisor programs

Training - giving employees the knowledge they need to succeed

Workforce Planning - CalHR manages the State's strategy for recruiting and retaining the best civil service workforce to serve the State of California 


  • July 1, 2013: CalHR becomes part of the Government Operations Agency.
  • July 1, 2012: CalHR becomes a new department.
  • February 23, 2012: SB 1308 and SB 1309, to implement the merger, introduced in the Legislature.
  • September 14, 2011: CalHR project team addresses the Classification Supervisors Forum.
  • September 9, 2011: Reorganization plan is effective as a result of the Legislature's favorable consideration.
  • August 25, 2011: Project team addresses Ad Hoc Personnel Forum and invites comments from audience.
  • August 23, 2011: Joint hearing of Senate Governmental Organization Committee and Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee to consider Governor's reorganization.
  • August 9, 2011: Project team hosts informational forum at the Health Care Services Auditorium and responds to comments and questions.
  • June 23, 2011: Little Hoover Commission issues report recommending the Legislature allow plan to take effect.
  • June 9, 2011: Governor submits reorganization plan to Legislature along with proposed legislative language to implement it.
  • June 2, 2011: Little Hoover Commission holds hearing on Governor's reorganization plan.
  • May 10, 2011: Governor Brown announces Governor's Reorganization Plan Number 1, consolidating the Department of Personnel Administration and most functions of SPB into one department, CalHR, and submits his plan to Little Hoover Commission. Governor's Reorganization Plan Number 1
  • March 2011: Little Hoover Commission recommends the Administration consider abolishing the SPB completely.
  • June 2005: Little Hoover Commission urges changes to the State's recruitment, hiring, training, managing, and compensation systems.
  • 2005: California Performance Review Report recommends consolidating the Department of Personnel Administration and the non-constitutionally mandated functions and staff of the State Personnel Board into a single entity.
  • 1999: Little Hoover Commission reports that the "State needs a coordinated personnel infrastructure."
  • 1995: Little Hoover Commission recommends consolidating personnel management authority to one entity.
  • 1984: Responsibility for allocating positions passes from the State Personnel Board to the Department of Personnel Administration through a Governor's reorganization act.
  • 1981: A Governor's reorganization act creates the Department of Personnel Administration to administer those aspects of the State personnel system that had become subject to collective bargaining under the Ralph C. Dills Act. Prior to DPA's creation, the State Personnel Board was the sole personnel agency in the executive branch.
  • 1934: The State Personnel Board was constitutionally created to administer the civil service system and ensure that state employment is based on merit and free of political patronage.

Laws and Regulations

CalHR operates under the following laws and regulations:

California Government Codes

Establishing code and functions: Government Code sections 19815 through 19999.7

Ralph C. Dills Act governing collective bargaining in State government's executive branch: Government Code sections 3512 through 3524


Lookup California Government Codes on the Legislative Information website

California Code of Regulations

Regulatory detail on CalHR programs: California Code of Regulations, Title 2, sections 599.600 through 599.995


Lookup Regulations in the California Code on the Office of Administrative Law's website



CalHR Chief Counsel Joan Markoff

Updated 3/4/2014