March 1, 2014 - Open Enrollment for the Group Legal Services Insurance Plan
Open Enrollment for the Group Legal Services Insurance Plan will be held from March 1 through April 30, 2014. This employee-paid benefit is offered to rank and file employees, managers, supervisors, confidential, excluded, and permanent intermittent employees (who meet the control period prior to open enrollment). Please review the open enrollment packets that will be mailed to your home. Completed enrollment forms must be submitted to your Personnel Office no later than April 30, 2014. For more information visit the Group Legal Services Insurance webpage
Open Enrollment for the Retiree Group Legal Services Insurance Plan will also be held from March 1, through April 30, 2014. An open enrollment packet will be mailed to the homes of retired State employees and annuitants. If you do not receive an open enrollment packet you may contact ARAG at 1-800-511-4007 (800-383-4184 for TTY).
January 14, 2014 - CalHR issues flu prevention guidelines for state employees
SACRAMENTO – State employees are urged to get vaccinated against the flu and take other preventative measures during this flu season, said Julie Chapman, director of the California Department of Human Resources.
“Influenza activity is on the rise in California, and we want to keep our state workforce healthy,” Chapman said. “CalHR joins the California Department of Public Health in urging individuals to get vaccinated because it’s the best way to prevent further spread of the flu.”
Based on Department of Public Health recommendations, CalHR offers the following tips for state supervisors managers and employees:
Employees should stay home or go home when they are sick with influenza symptoms. Staff with symptoms (fever and cough, sore throat, or runny nose) should stay home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medications.
Managers should make sure they follow appropriate sick leave policies
If you have increasing absenteeism due to employees staying home sick, protect remaining employees against the spread of the flu by limiting meetings and conferences. Instead of face-to-face meetings, consider using email, telework, web and teleconferences.
Maintain a supply of face tissues and access to hand-washing facilities.
Post signs informing people to “cover their cough” and wash their hands in facility locations such as entrances, visitation rooms, notice boards and break rooms.
Visit a flu vaccine location near you to get immunized. Some local health departments may also offer free or low-cost immunizations.