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What is the first day of disability for IDL for the purpose of calculating the 52 weeks or appropriate work hours in the two year period for IDL?What is the first day of disability for IDL for the purpose of calculating the 52 weeks or appropriate work hours in the two year period for IDL?<p>​The first day of disability is the first day of lost time, not the date of injury. Since the day of injury is paid as Administrative Time Off, it would not be appropriate to include the date of injury as the beginning of the IDL period. It is important to remember that all days of disability must be confirmed by State Fund and may be partial days of disability.</p>
Is time used on the date of injury picked up as Administrative Time Off only after the workers’ compensation claim is approved?Is time used on the date of injury picked up as Administrative Time Off only after the workers’ compensation claim is approved?<p>​No. If the employee missed time from work on the date of injury, this time is Administrative Time Off even if the claim is not approved for workers’ compensation benefits. Employees should be directed to seek appropriate medical treatment, and employers should authorize the initial visit and secure transportation if necessary.</p>
Is IDL paid for time lost from work to attend medical appointments related to the employee’s workers’ compensation injury?Is IDL paid for time lost from work to attend medical appointments related to the employee’s workers’ compensation injury?<p>​No, not after July 1, 2014. IDL is paid for medically substantiated periods of disability that State Fund has confirmed. The obligation to pay IDL ends when the injured employee returns to work, is deemed able to return to work, or when the employee’s medical condition achieves permanent and stationary status. If the employee is able to work, time off solely to attend a medical appointment does not constitute a period of disability. Employees can use available leave credits, or adjust their time (depending on business needs) to attend medical appointments.</p>
How is the three calendar day waiting period calculated after July 1, 2014?How is the three calendar day waiting period calculated after July 1, 2014?<p>​IDL is not paid for the first three days after an employee leaves work as a result of the injury unless temporary disability continues for more than 14 days, the injury is the result of a criminal act of violence, or the employee is hospitalized for treatment required by the injury. The three day waiting period shall be identified by State Fund as the first three days of medically substantiated disability. These days of disability do not need to be full days, consecutive days, or days that the employee was scheduled to work.</p><p>The waiting period is calculated the same for all employees regardless of work schedules and time bases. Here are two examples:</p><p>Emily Employee was injured on Thursday. The doctor reported, and State Fund confirmed, that Emily was disabled and could not return to work until Monday. The waiting period was served (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).</p><p>Emily Employee was injured on Thursday. The doctor reported, and State Fund confirmed, that Emily could only work half time Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and return to work on her regular schedule on Monday. The employee has served the waiting period (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).</p>
Prior to July 1, 2014, how was the three calendar day waiting period and 14 day period calculated?Prior to July 1, 2014, how was the three calendar day waiting period and 14 day period calculated?<p>​The waiting period did not need to be consecutive or full days of absence. Partial days of absence relating to the disability (including medical appointments) were accumulated to 24 hours to fulfill the waiting period.</p><p>Partial days of absence were to be counted as full days when determining the 14-day period. However, the aggregate hours over the 14-day period must, at a minimum, exceed the 24 hours needed to meet the three-calendar-day waiting period.</p>
How are absences tracked for employees in Work Week Group E and SE who are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)?How are absences tracked for employees in Work Week Group E and SE who are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)?<p>​Under the provisions of the FLSA, E or SE employees are required to track partial day absences for disability leave. All lost time, including partial days (e.g. reduced work day schedules) must be tracked on the employee’s timesheet. Lost time including the delay period needs to be charged to the employee’s leave credits. If the claim is accepted and State Fund notifies the agency of the period of disability, you should restore leave credits used for absences or partial days and pay the appropriate hours of IDL. If the time is not confirmed by State Fund, leave credits for partial days need to be restored to the employee. Refer to PML 95-023 for more information regarding employees exempt from FLSA.</p>
Must the Agency complete the Industrial Disability Leave – Benefit Option Comparison (STD. 618S) for every employee who is approved for IDL?Must the Agency complete the Industrial Disability Leave – Benefit Option Comparison (STD. 618S) for every employee who is approved for IDL?<p>​Yes. The STD. 618S must be completed upon receipt of the disability notification from State Fund. The STD. 618S is a key piece of documentation for both the employer and the employee that provides a basic explanation of the benefits and calculation of compensation.</p>
If an employee incurred a work-related injury or illness at one state agency and transfers to another agency, which agency is responsible for paying IDL?If an employee incurred a work-related injury or illness at one state agency and transfers to another agency, which agency is responsible for paying IDL?<p>​Each agency is responsible for paying IDL during the periods of disability that occurred while the employee was working for that agency. The agency losing the employee has a duty to provide any history of IDL paid (calendar, 618S, etc.) to the agency gaining the employee.</p>
Whose responsibility is it to track the waiting period and the 52 weeks or appropriate hours of IDL?Whose responsibility is it to track the waiting period and the 52 weeks or appropriate hours of IDL?<p>​It is the agency’s responsibility to track the waiting period and the hours of IDL. The agency should notify State Fund 30 days prior to the final hour of IDL, so that State Fund can begin paying TD, if appropriate. It is State Fund’s responsibility to notify agencies of medically substantiated periods of disability, including the waiting period.</p><p>After July 1, 2014, full-time employees have 2080 hours of IDL available. To determine the eligible hours of IDL, for other time bases, use the following formula:</p><p>2080 x time base = total hours available The calculations for some common time bases are shown below:</p><p>1/2 time employees: 2080 x 1/2 = 1040 hours<br>3/4 time employees: 2080 x 3/4 = 1560 hours<br>5/6 time employees: 2080 x 5/6 = 1733 hours<br>4/5 time employees: 2080 x 4/5 = 1664 hours<br>7/8 time employees: 2080 x 7/8 = 1820 hours</p>
How are the appropriate hours of IDL tracked for employees who change time bases during the time they are receiving IDL benefits?How are the appropriate hours of IDL tracked for employees who change time bases during the time they are receiving IDL benefits?<p>​The goal is to provide 52 weeks of IDL benefits within a two year period. If an employee changes time bases during their period of IDL eligibility, you will need to recalculate the available hours to insure the employee receives the benefits they are entitled to.</p><p>Convert the hours the employee used to days (may need to approximate). Subtract that number from 260 paid days in a year to determine the number of available days of IDL. Convert the number of available days back to hours at the new time base. Here are two examples:</p><p>Emily Employee was a full-time employee and used 360 hours of IDL, then her time base was reduced to ¾ time. How many hours of IDL are available?</p><p>360 hours at full-time = 45 days (360 divided by 8 hours/day)<br>260 – 45 = 215 x 6 (3/4 time = 6 hours per day) = 1290 hours of IDL available</p><p>Emily Employee was a half time employee and used 175 hours of IDL, then her time base was increased to 7/8 time. How many hours of IDL are available?</p><p>175 hours at 1/2 time = 44 days (175 divided by 4 hours/day = 43.75 round to 44)<br>260 – 44 = 216 x 7 (7/8 time = 7 hours per day) = 1512 hours of IDL available</p>
Should employees on alternate work week schedules have their schedules changed to a 5-8-40 schedule?Should employees on alternate work week schedules have their schedules changed to a 5-8-40 schedule?<p>​No. An employee off for the month on IDL can remain on their alternate work schedule and does not earn or use excess hours or holidays. An employee cannot be paid more than the maximum hours in the pay period.</p>
How are excess/deficit hours shown for employees on alternate work week schedules who are using IDL intermittently or working while on IDL?How are excess/deficit hours shown for employees on alternate work week schedules who are using IDL intermittently or working while on IDL?<p>​Treat the employee the same as if they were working. The employee receives a credit for months when there is an excess and for months with a deficit they must use leave credits to supplement the number of hours required for the pay period. </p>
Does the amount of leave credits used to supplement IDL count toward the hours of IDL the employee is entitled to?Does the amount of leave credits used to supplement IDL count toward the hours of IDL the employee is entitled to?<p>​No. Leave credits used for supplementation have a dollar value, but no “time value.” The employee’s time off is already covered by IDL, the supplementation is just a cash out of available leave credits to bridge the gap between the IDL payment and regular salary.</p>
Can an employee receiving IDL go on vacation?Can an employee receiving IDL go on vacation?<p>​Yes. If the employee is totally temporarily disabled and receiving full IDL, continue the IDL payment. If the employee is working while on IDL, continue the IDL payment and post appropriate leave credits for the additional time missed from work. Agencies are encouraged to share information about the employee’s activities with the claims adjuster.</p>

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01. What happens when a department nears the end of its initial delegation period?01. What happens when a department nears the end of its initial delegation period?<p>​CalHR’s Personnel Management Division (PMD) will initiate renewal of delegation agreements prior to the end of the initial delegation period for each department that has shown a satisfactory pattern of compliance with delegation requirements. A department demonstrates a satisfactory pattern of compliance when it: <br> <br><br>Regularly submits complete and accurate monthly reports on time;<br><br>Stays within its PMD-approved salary cap;<br><br>Exercises good judgment and adheres to applicable laws, rules, principles and policies;<br><br>Responds to PMD requests for supporting documentation of any action taken with its delegated authority;<br><br>Cooperates with PMD direction when “spot audits” reveal areas for improvement;<br><br>Keeps lines of communication open with its PMD consultant; and<br><br>Submits departmental organizational charts annually.</p>
02. Will new Delegation Agreements have to be signed each time one of the signatories changes? 02. Will new Delegation Agreements have to be signed each time one of the signatories changes? <p>​PMD anticipates annual re-signing of Delegation Agreements will typically be sufficient to update signatories. If significant turnover of multiple signatories in a department creates the need, PMD may opt to refresh the Delegation Agreements before the regular annual renewal. </p>
03. When are reports due and what period should they cover?03. When are reports due and what period should they cover?<p>​Reports are due by the 10th of each month, covering the reporting period of the prior calendar month (e.g., the report due on August 10th covers the month of July). Reports must be submitted by email in Excel format to the department’s assigned PMD consultant with a copy to the Delegation.Project@calhr.ca.gov inbox.</p>
04. Will monthly reporting via emailed spreadsheets to PMD continue indefinitely?04. Will monthly reporting via emailed spreadsheets to PMD continue indefinitely?<p>​PMD is working to create an online reporting portal to replace the current email and spreadsheet process. Our hope is to offer this functionality by the end of 2015.</p>
05. When are organizational charts due for delegated departments?05. When are organizational charts due for delegated departments?<p>​As stated in the Exceptional Allocation Delegation Agreement, annual submission of departmental organizational charts is required by January 1st.</p>
Do apprentices stay with their department? Do apprentices stay with their department? <p>​An apprentice will remain in their current department but may rotate to another division or unit to gain the full range of experience.​<br></p>
Does a delegated department have to contact the State Controller’s Office when an unlawful appointment will stand?Does a delegated department have to contact the State Controller’s Office when an unlawful appointment will stand?<p>​No. As no action needs to be taken on the employee’s work history, the final determination letter does not need to be sent to the State Controller’s Office.</p>
Does an unlawful appointment have to be voided before the one-year statute elapses?Does an unlawful appointment have to be voided before the one-year statute elapses?<p>​No. The “action” referred to in Government Code 19257.5 means that the final determination letter must be dated and mailed one day before the one-year anniversary of the unlawful appointment effective date. PMD recommends mailing unlawful appointment determination letters with a certified “return receipt.”</p>
Does delegation allow departments to exceed the Attorney IV allocation ratios found in the Bargaining Unit 2 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)?Does delegation allow departments to exceed the Attorney IV allocation ratios found in the Bargaining Unit 2 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)?<p>​Yes. The Bargaining Unit 2 MOU permits PMD to approve Attorney IV positions in excess of the allocation ratios. Prior to delegation, departments submitted requests for such positions to PMD using form STD. 625 because Attorney IV positions in excess of the allocation ratios found in the MOU are considered exceptional allocations. Authority to approve exceptional allocations is now delegated to departments that have valid, signed delegation agreements. If a department uses an Attorney IV as an exceptional allocation, the department must justify and document the allocation, and report it to PMD on the monthly reporting worksheet.</p>
Does the CEA salary cap include “comma CEAs” or pay differentials?Does the CEA salary cap include “comma CEAs” or pay differentials?<p>​No. The CEA salary cap is limited to classification code 7500 CEAs and does not include any pay differentials received by the CEAs. Pay differentials are not counted for or against the CEA salary cap.</p>
Government Code 19757 states that CalHR “may” void an unlawful appointment if action is taken within a year from the appointment. Does the word “may” imply that delegated departments have the discretion not to void an unlawful appointment?Government Code 19757 states that CalHR “may” void an unlawful appointment if action is taken within a year from the appointment. Does the word “may” imply that delegated departments have the discretion not to void an unlawful appointment?<p>​No. Delegated departments do not have the discretion to “ignore” an unlawful appointment when they become aware of it. By signing the Unlawful Appointment Investigation Delegation Agreement, delegated departments agree to “comply with the laws and rules governing equitable administration of the civil service merit system.” CalHR’s training website provides more information on the merit system.</p>
How can a CEA be vacant for five years when Government Code 12439 sweeps vacancies after six months? How can a CEA be vacant for five years when Government Code 12439 sweeps vacancies after six months? <p>​Government Code 12439 applies to positions. The “CEA concept” is distinct from the position. The CEA concept comprises the body of duties and scope of policy responsibility that the State Personnel Board (SPB) approved as meeting the CEA category definition. A CEA concept itself is not tied to a particular position at the time of its establishment by the five-member board. If a department loses the funding for a vacant CEA position after six months, that sweep of funds does not remove the authority SPB granted the department to have a person in the CEA classification perform that specific body of work. In other words, the concept survives even if funding changes.</p>
How frequently are the programs offered?How frequently are the programs offered?<p>​Programs may be offered at varying frequencies ranging from once a year to every two years. Visit the program's specific webpage to view schedules of current and upcoming cohorts. ​<br></p>
How is a “truly exceptional allocation” different from a misallocation?How is a “truly exceptional allocation” different from a misallocation?<p>​A “truly exceptional allocation” exists when there is some unique aspect to the duties and responsibilities of a position that make its classification the “best possible fit” but not a “perfect fit” for the work normally performed in that classification. A misallocation exists when a different classification in state service better fits the duties of the position.</p>
How long will PMD allow an inactive or vacant CEA concept to count toward the department’s CEA salary cap?How long will PMD allow an inactive or vacant CEA concept to count toward the department’s CEA salary cap?<p>​PMD considers a CEA concept to be “inactive” if it remains unfilled for six months or more. Inactive CEA concepts continue to count toward the CEA salary cap for up to five years. When a CEA concept has been unfilled for five years, CalHR considers the CEA concept “abolished” by default and will no longer count that CEA concept toward the department’s CEA salary cap. </p>
If a delegated department discovers a potential unlawful appointment before it has been keyed but after the employee has begun working, should the department knowingly key the unlawful appointment?If a delegated department discovers a potential unlawful appointment before it has been keyed but after the employee has begun working, should the department knowingly key the unlawful appointment?<p>​If the employee is new to state service, yes, the department may have to key the unlawful appointment in order to pay the employee for the work already performed. If the employee is already a state employee, the department may be able to use alternative means, such as an out-of-class assignment, to pay the employee for the work performed rather than knowingly keying an unlawful appointment. If a department has other means to pay the employee but knowingly keys the unlawful appointment anyway, the appointment will likely be considered to have been made in bad faith by the department.</p>
If a delegated department discovers a potential unlawful appointment of an employee into a limited-term position, should the department simply terminate the limited-term appointment?If a delegated department discovers a potential unlawful appointment of an employee into a limited-term position, should the department simply terminate the limited-term appointment?<p>​No. The department must investigate the potential unlawful appointment and then take action as it would for any other unlawful appointment. Terminating the limited-term appointment alone does not void the appointment and could inappropriately enable the employee to use the limited-term unlawful appointment experience to qualify for promotional examination and appointments. </p>
If a delegated department discovers a potential unlawful appointment of its current or potential employee that occurred at another department in the past, how should that investigation be handled?If a delegated department discovers a potential unlawful appointment of its current or potential employee that occurred at another department in the past, how should that investigation be handled?<p>​Delegated departments do not have authority to investigate other departments’ unlawful appointments. The discovering department should inform its PMD consultant and PMD will refer the matter to the appropriate department for investigation.</p>
If a delegated department discovers an unlawful appointment that is beyond the one-year statute, does it still have to investigate and send notification letters to the employee?If a delegated department discovers an unlawful appointment that is beyond the one-year statute, does it still have to investigate and send notification letters to the employee?<p>​Yes. Once a delegated department has discovered a potential unlawful appointment, even if it is more than one year old, the department has a responsibility to investigate and resolve the potential unlawful appointment. This is the same standard that PMD and SPB upheld prior to delegation. The one-year statute of limitations on unlawful appointments found in Government Code 19257.5 applies only to appointments made and accepted in good faith. Therefore, an investigation must still be conducted to determine whether good faith existed when the appointment was made and accepted. If the appointment was not made and accepted in good faith, the one-year statute of limitations does not apply and the appointment must be voided under California Code of Regulations, Title 2, Section 266.</p>
If a department converts a CEA position to an Exempt, how should that be handled on the monthly report to CalHR and how does that impact the CEA salary cap?If a department converts a CEA position to an Exempt, how should that be handled on the monthly report to CalHR and how does that impact the CEA salary cap?<p>​When a CEA position is converted to an Exempt, PMD may issue an addendum that lowers the department’s overall salary cap by removing the converted CEA concept. The department should not use the salary cap dollars associated with that converted CEA concept to enable increases for the other remaining CEAs. Contact the department’s assigned PMD consultant for further instruction.</p>
If a department has signed a delegation agreement, under what circumstances would it still have to submit a form STD. 625 and justification to PMD?If a department has signed a delegation agreement, under what circumstances would it still have to submit a form STD. 625 and justification to PMD?<p>​Circumstances in which a delegated department must still submit a STD. 625 form to PMD include, but may not be limited to, the following:<br> <br>To request an exception to the 180-day retired annuitant waiting period, per PML 13-001.<br>To request use of another department’s department-specific classification.<br>To use a Peace Officer/Firefighter (POFF) or Safety retirement classification in a new or different way from what PMD previously approved.<br>To comply with a PMD consultant’s request to “spot-audit” the documentation justifying any reported exceptional allocation.</p>
If a department previously received approval via form STD. 625 for use of a class that was restricted under PML 2007-026 or by its MCR code, do the positions have to be reported on the exceptional allocation worksheet?If a department previously received approval via form STD. 625 for use of a class that was restricted under PML 2007-026 or by its MCR code, do the positions have to be reported on the exceptional allocation worksheet?<p>​Delegated departments must report all truly exceptional allocations to PMD, even if original approval to use the exceptional allocation came from PMD prior to delegation. If a department uses a class that was formerly restricted either by PML 2007-026 or by its MCR code in a way that meets the typical allocation standards, that position is not considered a truly exceptional allocation and should not be reported on the monthly worksheet.</p>
If a department realizes a position has been a long-time exceptional allocation, but cannot find records that PMD approved it prior to delegation, should the department still report this on its monthly reporting worksheet?If a department realizes a position has been a long-time exceptional allocation, but cannot find records that PMD approved it prior to delegation, should the department still report this on its monthly reporting worksheet?<p>​Yes. If a department has no documentation that PMD previously approved an exceptionally allocated position, the department must still report the position on the monthly reporting worksheet, with an approximate date of its original approval. In addition, to be compliant with PMD expectations for delegation audit purposes, the department must internally generate a new justification package to properly document the exceptional allocation. Once the new justification package is completed, the approval date by the personnel officer will be the date approved under delegated authority.</p>
If a department routinely uses another department’s classification, does it have to treat each one as an exceptional allocation?If a department routinely uses another department’s classification, does it have to treat each one as an exceptional allocation?<p>​Yes. PMD considers each position use to be an exceptional allocation because the borrowed classification was designed and created for use in the “owning” department. Any use outside of the owning department is considered exceptional. Delegated departments must document each use of another department’s classification as an exceptional allocation, which includes reporting them to PMD on the monthly exceptional allocation reporting worksheet. This information will assist PMD in determining whether department-specific classifications may be more appropriately broadened to a service-wide classification. PMD may make exceptions to this requirement on a case-by-case basis to ensure efficiency.</p>
If there is overlap between an outgoing CEA and his/her replacement, does this impact the salary cap?If there is overlap between an outgoing CEA and his/her replacement, does this impact the salary cap?<p>​​To address the critical need for succession planning, departments may allow an overlap of employees in a CEA concept while the outgoing incumbent orients and mentors the new appointee. The duration of the overlap for such knowledge transfer may last up to four months. During the overlap period, departments should put the new appointee’s name in the incumbent column of the monthly CEA reporting worksheet, and put the outgoing CEA incumbent’s name in the comments column of the report, with a note indicating the overlap is due to knowledge transfer. Only the new appointee’s salary will be counted against the department’s cap during that period.</p>
Is the new Attorney V classification considered an exceptional allocation?Is the new Attorney V classification considered an exceptional allocation?<p>​No. Uses of the Attorney V classification for positions that meet the classification specification and allocation guidelines (HR NET access required) are not considered exceptional allocations and do not have to be reported on the monthly reporting worksheet.</p>
Is the new Information Technology (IT) Specialist III classification automatically considered an exceptional allocation? It is designated as MCR 0.Is the new Information Technology (IT) Specialist III classification automatically considered an exceptional allocation? It is designated as MCR 0.<p>​No. Uses of the IT Specialist III classification for positions that meet the classification specification and allocation guidelines (HR NET access required) are not considered exceptional allocations and do not have to be reported on the monthly reporting worksheet.</p>
Is the use of the Staff Services Manager I (SSM I) classification in a specialist (non-supervisory) capacity an exceptional allocation that should be reported to PMD as a requirement of the delegation agreement?Is the use of the Staff Services Manager I (SSM I) classification in a specialist (non-supervisory) capacity an exceptional allocation that should be reported to PMD as a requirement of the delegation agreement?<p>​Yes. Although the SSM I classification specification does mention a non-supervisory concept, the primary use of the classification is as a supervisor, with the specialist being used rarely and as an exception to the standard, intended use of the classification. Therefore, delegated departments using the SSM I class in a specialist capacity must write a justification memo for the allocation, obtain internal departmental personnel officer approval of the truly exceptional allocation using the STD. 625 form, and must report the exceptional allocation to PMD on the monthly reporting worksheet. The same applies to the SSM II classification used as a specialist. Refer to Pay Scale Section 2 for more information on the appropriate collective bargaining identifier for a supervisory classification used as a specialist.</p>
May a delegated department increase the pay of a CEA more than five percent annually?May a delegated department increase the pay of a CEA more than five percent annually?<p>​Yes. A delegated department may provide a CEA an increase of greater than five percent if the department can accommodate the increase without exceeding its PMD-established salary cap. However, a five percent increase is a best practice that helps departments maintain equity and enables departments to consider future CEA salary movement needs while remaining within the established salary cap. The department must justify and document its internal approval of the salary exception using the CalHR 881 form for its records and in case of an audit. Departments must manage their own CEA salary program responsibly within their salary cap. Per the CEA Delegation Agreement, CEA salary adjustments made under delegated authority shall not result in increases to the department’s budget or to the department’s overall CEA salary cap.</p>
May a delegated department negotiate pay for a new CEA candidate other than as defined in California Code of Regulations (CCR), title 2, Section 599.991?May a delegated department negotiate pay for a new CEA candidate other than as defined in California Code of Regulations (CCR), title 2, Section 599.991?<p>​Yes. A delegated department may negotiate pay upon appointment of a CEA in excess of what is described in CCR 599.991 if the department can accommodate the increase without exceeding its PMD-established salary cap. The department must justify and document its internal approval of the salary exception using the CalHR 881 form for its records and in case of an audit. Departments must manage their own CEA salary program responsibly within their salary cap. Per the CEA Delegation Agreement, CEA salary adjustments made under delegated authority shall not result in increases to the department’s budget or to the department’s overall CEA salary cap.</p>
May a delegated department pay a CEA above its level?May a delegated department pay a CEA above its level?<p>​Yes. A delegated department may pay a CEA above the max of its level if the department can accommodate the increase without exceeding its PMD-established salary cap. The department must justify and document its internal approval of the salary exception using the CalHR 881 form for its records and in case of an audit. Departments must manage their own CEA salary program responsibly within their salary cap. Per the CEA Delegation Agreement, CEA salary adjustments made under delegated authority shall not result in increases to the department’s budget or to the department’s overall CEA salary cap.</p>
May a delegated department pay a CEA above the max of Level C even if it is not an attorney, engineer or physician?May a delegated department pay a CEA above the max of Level C even if it is not an attorney, engineer or physician?<p>​Yes. A delegated department may pay a CEA that is not an attorney, engineer or physician above the max of Level C (into what has historically been considered the “restricted zone”) if the department can accommodate the increase without exceeding its PMD-established salary cap. (As of June 9, 2015, the maximum of the CEA pay range is $14,058 per month. This may be adjusted in the future as a result of general salary increases.) The department must justify and document its internal approval of the salary exception using the CalHR 881 form for its records and in case of an audit. Departments must manage their own CEA salary program responsibly within their salary cap. Per the CEA Delegation Agreement, CEA salary adjustments made under delegated authority shall not result in increases to the department’s budget or to the department’s overall CEA salary cap.</p>
May a department hire a retired annuitant into the CEA classification if that retired annuitant was a CEA prior to retirement?May a department hire a retired annuitant into the CEA classification if that retired annuitant was a CEA prior to retirement?<p>​A retired annuitant should only be appointed to a class that is appropriate for the duties to be performed. Per the Classification and Pay Guide, Section 400, a retired annuitant may only be appointed to a CEA position if the position’s concept has been established by the State Personnel Board and the retired annuitant is to perform the specific approved duties of that CEA concept. A retired annuitant must have reinstatement eligibility for any classification to which he or she is appointed, as outlined under Government Code 19144. PMD recommends making any such appointment as brief in duration as possible to meet organizational needs.</p>
Should a department include known “misallocations” on its monthly exceptional allocation reporting worksheet?Should a department include known “misallocations” on its monthly exceptional allocation reporting worksheet?<p>​No. Delegated departments should not list known “misallocations” on the monthly exceptional allocation reporting worksheet. A misallocation is not the same as an exceptional allocation. If a department knows it has a misallocated, filled position, the department must contact its PMD consultant to discuss corrective options.</p>
What is a California civil service apprentice?What is a California civil service apprentice?<p>​A state civil service employee that has been selected to participate in a non-traditional apprenticeship program, and signs an apprenticeship agreement to formalize their participation in the on-the-job training and related academic course instruction. ​<br></p>
What is a non-traditional apprenticeship program?What is a non-traditional apprenticeship program?<p>​A non-traditional apprenticeship program is a formal employment program that combines on-the-job training and related and supplemental instruction hours, typically in the form of college courses. The opportunity is open to current employees looking to develop in their career focus and increase their understanding of foundational theory, industry knowledge, and professional skills. It differs from a traditional apprenticeship primarily because it serves career paths outside of building, construction or fire trade jobs.​<br></p>
When a new CEA is established, is the department’s CEA salary cap adjusted?When a new CEA is established, is the department’s CEA salary cap adjusted?<p>​Yes. PMD will issue an addendum to the delegation agreement, amending the salary cap to accommodate the new CEA. Departments must complete the CalHR 881 form, including the proposed level and salary, and submit the new CEA request package to the assigned PMD consultant to establish a new CEA. Once the new CEA is approved, the department will receive a salary cap addendum.</p>
When an unlawful appointment is voided, may the employee still use the experience gained in the unlawful appointment to apply for other examinations or to count toward movement to a higher alternate range?When an unlawful appointment is voided, may the employee still use the experience gained in the unlawful appointment to apply for other examinations or to count toward movement to a higher alternate range?<p>​No. When voided, the unlawful appointment is treated as if it never occurred for all aspects of the appointment except what is defined as “compensation” by California Code of Regulations, Title 2, Section 9. “Compensation” as used in Government Code Section 19257 does not include tenure in a position, seniority credits, permissive reinstatement, eligibility, mandatory reinstatement rights, eligibility to take promotional examinations, career credits, permanent or probationary status and service toward completion of the probationary period; nor continuity of service when used to determine the employee's right to or eligibility for any of the foregoing.</p>
When does compaction with a CEA occur, and what are the considerations?When does compaction with a CEA occur, and what are the considerations?<p>​CalHR’s historical policy and past practice has been that compaction exists where a CEA’s negotiated maximum salary is not 2.5% to 5% greater than the maximum salary of the highest subordinate classification reporting to the CEA. <br><br>In addition to the compaction differential listed above, per the CEA Delegation Agreement, there are additional considerations that need to be made in order to confirm that a compaction differential is appropriate:</p><p> </p><ol><li>Salary compaction for a CEA only occurs in cases where the CEA carries the same technical/professional responsibility, including the possession of the required licensure/certifications, as the employee(s) who report directly to them. For example, if a CEA is only providing administrative oversight, it would not be appropriate to provide the CEA a salary increase based on compaction with a higher paid subordinate classification.</li><li>Departments shall not intentionally create salary compaction via a reorganization or other means to inflate the level allocation or salaries if there is no documented, legitimate business need driving the reorganization or request.</li><li>A CEA may report to a CEA of the same level as long as a compaction differential of at least 2.5% to 5% is maintained, and all other compaction considerations are met.<br></li></ol><p>If a department is seeking a salary increase for a CEA due to compaction, and are not requesting an increase to their CEA salary cap, departments shall document the increase on the CalHR-881 and report the increase on their Delegation Report. </p><p> </p><p>If a department is seeking a salary increase for a CEA due to compaction, and are also requesting an increase to their CEA salary cap, departments shall send the request to their PMD Consultant for approval. The request should include the completed CalHR-881, the current organization chart, and the proposed organization chart (if applicable). CalHR may approve a higher negotiated maximum salary due to compaction.</p><p><br>If you are considering a salary adjustment due to compaction, please contact your PMD Consultant for further information.</p>
Where are programs offered? Where are programs offered? <p>​Programs are currently offered throughout California, depending on the geographic location(s) of the department, and where the work is performed. An employee is welcome to relocate, at the employee's expense, to allow them to participate in a program.​<br></p>

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