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<p>​Effective December 1, 2022, the following mass transit and vanpool subsidy increases apply to eligible employees, including employees headquartered out of state, in Bargaining Unit 8, related excluded employees designated S08 and M08, and related CEA positions (CEAs must be directly tied to Bargaining Unit 8):<br></p><ul><li>Public transit (mass transit) passes</li><ul><li>100 percent discount on public transit passes sold by state agencies, up to the monthly exclusion amount provided by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  </li><li>100 percent reimbursement on public transit passes purchased by state employees, up to the monthly exclusion amount provided by the IRS.</li></ul><li><span style="font-size:1em;">​Vanpool drivers and riders</span></li><ul><li>100 percent reimbursement on the monthly fee, up to the monthly exclusion amount provided by the IRS.<br></li></ul></ul><p></p><p>For 2022, the maximum monthly exclusion amount provided by the IRS is $280.<br> <br>The combined maximum allowable monthly exclusion amount for employees who are eligible to claim both mass transit and vanpool shall not exceed the combined IRS maximum monthly exclusion amount.<br> <br>California Code of Regulations section <a href="https://govt.westlaw.com/calregs/Document/I24622F735A0A11EC8227000D3A7C4BC3?viewType=FullText&listSource=Search&originationContext=Search+Result&transitionType=SearchItem&contextData=%28sc.Search%29&navigationPath=Search/v1/results/navigation/i0ad720f2000001847c6cb923979bd41f?ppcid%3dd626f24b4ab04ed3b7fc099d412f7d51%26Nav%3dREGULATION_PUBLICVIEW%26fragmentIdentifier%3dI24622F735A0A11EC8227000D3A7C4BC3%26startIndex%3d1%26transitionType%3dSearchItem%26contextData%3d%2528sc.Default%2529%26originationContext%3dSearch%2520Result&list=REGULATION_PUBLICVIEW&rank=1&t_T2=599.936&t_S1=CA+ADC+s" title="599.936 (Transit and Vanpool Incentives – Excluded Employees)​ " target="_blank">599.936 (Transit and Vanpool Incentives – Excluded Employees)</a> provides mass transit and vanpool commute language for excluded employees. The <a href="/state-hr-professionals/Pages/bargaining-contracts.aspx" title="MOUs" target="_blank">MOUs</a> provide mass transit and vanpool commute language for represented employees. CalHR’s <a href="/employees/Pages/Commute-Program.aspx" title="Commute Programs page" target="_blank">Commute Programs page</a> and <a href="/employees/Pages/mass-transit-and-vanpool-commute-program-frequently-asked-questions.aspx" target="_blank" title="Frequently Asked Questions page​​">Frequently Asked Questions page</a>​​ provide general information. ​</p>Mass Transit and Vanpool Commute Program – Increased Subsidies for Employees in Bargaining Unit 8 and Related Excluded Employees11/23/2022 8:00:00 AM
<p>​​​Under the “Improving Affordability and Access to Healthcare” provision in the Memorandum of Understanding with the Service Employees International Union – Local 1000 (SEIU), the state agreed to provide 24 monthly payments in the amount of $260 during the period of July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022, to SEIU-represented employees and related excluded employees who were eligible for health benefits, including those who were not enrolled in a health plan.<br><br>Some SEIU-represented and related excluded employees who enrolled in the FlexElect or CoBen Cash Option program effective July 1, 2022, did not receive their last monthly $260 cash payment for June 2022. Instead, they received the applicable FlexElect or CoBen Cash Option payment.<br><br>The state will issue payment for the gross difference between the FlexElect or CoBen Cash received by employees and the $260 monthly cash benefit.<br>Detailed information for state personnel offices, including specific instructions regarding distribution of the employee announcement, is contained in this <a href="/Documents/Memo-for-HR-Professionals-Special-Health-Payment-10-25-22.pdf" title="View memorandum to departmental personnel ofices" target="_blank">memorandum to departmental personnel offices</a>​.<br><br>For information on the FlexElect or CoBen cash option benefit please visit the <a href="https://calhr.benefitsprograms.info/" title="Visit the Benefits website" target="_blank">benefits website​</a>.<br></p>Improving Affordability and Access to Healthcare – Bargaining Units R01, R03, R04, R11, R14, R15, R17, R20, R21, and Related Excluded Employees 10/25/2022 7:00:00 AM
<p>​Effective October 1, 2022, the following mass transit and vanpool subsidy increases apply to eligible employees, including employees headquartered out of state, in Bargaining Units 2 (R02), 9 (R09), and 18 (R18) and related excluded employees designated S02, M02, S09, M09, S18, and M18:</p><p></p><ul><li>Public transit (mass transit) passes</li></ul><p></p><ul><ul><li>100 percent discount on public transit passes sold by state agencies, up to the monthly exclusion amount provided by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  </li><li>100 percent reimbursement on public transit passes purchased by state employees, up to the monthly exclusion amount provided by the IRS.<br></li></ul></ul><ul><li>Vanpool drivers and rider<span style="font-size:1em;">s</span></li><ul><li>​100 percent reimbursement on the monthly fee, up to the monthly exclusion amount provided by the IRS.</li></ul></ul><p></p><p> For 2022, the maximum monthly exclusion amount provided by the IRS is $280.<br> <br>The combined maximum allowable monthly exclusion amount for employees who are eligible to claim both mass transit and vanpool shall not exceed the combined IRS maximum monthly exclusion amount.<br> <br>California Code of Regulations<a href="https://govt.westlaw.com/calregs/Document/IF4B90AD05D9711E4A9828577DD5F1BF2?originationContext=Search+Result&listSource=Search&viewType=FullText&navigationPath=Search/v3/search/results/navigation/i0ad62d2e00000164ae837fd14013dc64?startIndex%3d1%26Nav%3dREGULATION_PUBLICVIEW%26contextData%3d%28sc.Default%29&rank=1&list=REGULATION_PUBLICVIEW&transitionType=SearchItem&contextData=%28sc.Search%29&t_T2=599.936&t_S1=CA+ADC+s" target="_blank"> section 599.936 (Transit and Vanpool Incentives – Excluded Employees)</a> provides mass transit and vanpool commute language for excluded employees. The <a href="/state-hr-professionals/Pages/bargaining-contracts.aspx" target="_blank">MO​Us</a> provide mass transit and vanpool commute language for represented employees. CalHR’s <a href="/employees/Pages/Commute-Program.aspx" target="_blank">Commute Programs page</a> and <a href="/employees/Pages/mass-transit-and-vanpool-commute-program-frequently-asked-questions.aspx" target="_blank">Frequently Asked Questions page</a>​ provide general information. ​</p>Mass Transit and Vanpool Commute Program – Increased Subsidies for Employees in Bargaining Units 2, 9, and 18 and Related Excluded Employees9/29/2022 7:00:00 AM


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