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October 23, 2014: CalHR website will be down this weekend

The CalHR website will be down for maintenance starting on Saturday, October 25, 2014. It will be back online as of Monday, October 27. You will still be able to access the state jobs website and HR Net during this time.


October 15, 2014: Media Advisory - Disability Awareness and Resource Fair, Today at Department of Consumer Affairs

Media advisory (PDF) 

California  Highway Patrol Officer Tells His Story Of Returning To Work With A Disability During National Disability Employment Awareness (NDEAM) Month Event in Sacramento

NDEAM celebrates contributions of workers with disabilities


WHAT: CHP Officer Mike Mitchell talks  about returning to duty with the help of a computerized prosthetic leg during an event commemorating National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Mike was injured while on patrol in his vehicle in Amador County in 2011. The accident required the amputation of his right leg above the knee.


WHEN: Wednesday. October 15, 2014, 10:00 am (media availability with Officer Mitchell and others at 9:30, before formal program)


WHERE: Department of Consumer Affairs, 1625 North Market Blvd, Sacramento  


MORE: The California Department of Human Resources, California Department of Consumer Affairs, the State Personnel Board and State Disability Advisory Council are holding a Disability Awareness and Resource Fair as part of the national campaign to raise awareness about disability employment issues. The event includes a presentation by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).


Speakers include: 


  • Anna Caballero, Secretary, Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency
  • Marybel Batjer, Secretary, California Government Operations Agency  
  • Awet Kidane, Director, Department of Consumer Affairs
  • Richard Gillihan, Acting Director, California Department of Human Resources
  • Raymond Sanchez, Co-Chair , State Disability Advisory Council

Contact Pat McConahay, CalHR Communications Director

October 8, 2014 - Disability Awareness and Resource Fair, October 15, 2014 at Department of Consumer Affairs

Expect. Employ. Empower. It’s Your Right. 50 Years of Progress.

Disability Awareness and Resource Fair flyer


Plan to Attend!

The State of California Disability Advisory Committees presents a Disability Awareness and Resource Fair in observance of the 2014 National Disability Employment Awareness Month on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Registration begins at 9:30 AM and our program begins promptly at 10:00 AM. The committee has worked hard to bring you a great line up of presenters, entertainment and vendors.


Department of Consumer Affairs

1625 North Market Blvd., Sacramento - Get a map to the Department of Consumer Affairs



Anna Caballero, Secretary, Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency

Marybel Batjer, Secretary, California Government Operations Agency

Awet Kidane, Director, Department of Consumer Affairs

Richard Gillihan, Acting Director, California Department of Human Resources

Raymond Sanchez, Co-Chair, State Disability Advisory Council



  • 9:30 am – 2:00 pm Sign-in
  • 10:00 am – 10:30 am Greeting and Opening Remarks: Anna Caballero, Secretary; Marybel Batjer, Secretary; Awet Kidane, Director; Richard Gillihan, Acting Director; Raymond Sanchez, SDAC
  • 10:30 am – 11:30 am Jan Garrett , Pacific ADA Center
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Officer Michael Mitchell, California Highway Patrol
  • 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm No Host Lunch
  • 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm California School for the Blind Jazz Ensemble
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm Panel Presentation:
    • Martha Chavez, CalHR Manager Office of Civil Rights; Cheryl Artega, CCROC Chair;
    • Laurie Hoirup, ACSED Chair



Photo of the California School for the Blind campus entrance.



  • Association of California State Employee with Disabilities
  • Avalon Hearing
  • California Department of Rehabilitation/Disability Access Services
  • California Department of Human Resources/Employment Assistance Program
  • California Department of Human Resources/Limited Examination and Appointment Program
  • California Foundation for Independent Living Centers
  • California Highway Patrol
  • California Prison Industry Authority
  • California State Library
  • California Telephone Access Program
  • Crossroads Employment Services
  • Department of Consumer Affairs
  • Epilepsy Foundation
  • Mental Health Association in California
  • School of the Deaf
  • Society for the Blind
  • State Disability Advisory Council
  • TLCS Mental Health Crisis Respite Services



The meeting facilities are accessible to individuals with physical disabilities. Any person with a disability, who requires a disability-related modification or accommodation, including auxiliary aids or services, in order to participate in the meeting, may submit a written or electronic request for such modification or accommodation to Shamekia McBride, ADA Coordinator, Department of Consumer Affairs, 1625 North Market Blvd., Suite N-330, Sacramento, CA 95834, or call (916) 574-8328 or email to, no later than five days prior to the event.


A Special Thanks to the Department of Consumer Affairs for allowing us to host our event at their facility! 

September 19, 2014 - California Fires:  EAP Services for State Employees and Their Families

California Wildfires Information

September 17, 2014 - Open enrollment for health, dental, vision, FlexElect, Consolidated Benefits, retiree dental, and retiree vision

The 2014 open enrollment period runs from September 15 through October 10.


September 9, 2014 - CalHR and SPB present free sessions on bullying and discrimination

Bullying and Discrimination flyer 


CalHR and SPB's Disability Advisory Committees present two free sessions: 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

  • Denise Berkes-Sanchez speaks on bullying and discrimination
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • SPB Auditorium (801 Capitol Mall, Room 150) get a map to SPB


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

  • Denise Berkes-Sanchez speaks on bullying and discrimination

  • 2:30 p.m.

  • CalHR (1810 16th Street, Leadership Conference Room) get a map to CalHR


Denise Berkes-Sanchez tells her story of childhood bullying from the perspective of a person living with a disability since birth. She will also talk about how overcoming many obstacles in here life allowed her to finish graduate school and become a therapist working with children with disabilities and their families. Hayley Morgan, her best friend for 25 years, will offer insight into how she handled issues around Denise's disability. The two will also offer tips on how a non-impaired individual can appropriately help persons with disabilities. 

August 25, 2014 - CalHR issues Napa earthquake information for state employees

Napa earthquake information

August 25, 2014 - CalHR issues leave guidelines in wake of Napa earthquake

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. declared a state of emergency on August 24, 2014 for the counties of Napa, Solano and Sonoma due to the effect of the 6.1 magnitude South Napa Earthquake. This earthquake and continued aftershocks have damaged critical infrastructure, homes, other structures, caused fires and the closure of roads and highways.


CalHR released a policy memo as a reminder to state agencies that California Code of Regulations (CCR) 599.785.5 allows for up to five (5) days of Administrative Time Off (ATO) during a Governor declared state of emergency for those employees that meet the provisions of the rule. In addition to the five (5) days of ATO authorized by the rule, the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) delegated to departments the ability to approve ATO for up to a total of 30 calendar days (PML 2007-026).


For those areas that have not been declared a state of emergency, to the extent it is operationally feasible, appointing powers should grant employee’s requests to use their leave credits due to the current effects of the South Napa Earthquake.


The CCR § 599.785.5 allows for ATO during a state of emergency as outlined in the policy memo.

July 14, 2014 - The new State Training Center training calendar is here

2014-15 State Training Calendar

June 12, 2014 - SPB Policy Memo searchable database now available

SPB Policy Memo searchable database  

June 10, 2014 - CalHR presents our Strategic Plan 2014-2018

CalHR Strategic Plan 2014-2018 

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.


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Updated 10/15/2014