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<p>The <a href="" title="Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program (Program)">Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program (Program)</a> applies to all affected agencies and departments in the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma).<br> <br>In order to comply with the Program requirements, all affected departments should electronically submit the following completed documents to CalHR at <a href=""></a> by December 3, 2021.</p><ul><li>Annual Report (submitted on <a href="/Documents/Bay-Area-Commuter-Benefits-Program-Departmental-Report-Template.xlsx" title="CalHR’s Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program Annual Report Template">CalHR’s Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program Annual Report Template</a>).</li><li>Copy of notice to employees (see <a href="/Documents/SAMPLE-Departmental-Commuter-Information-Notice-010319.rtf" title="CalHR’s Sample Notice">CalHR’s Sample Notice</a>.)<br></li></ul><p><a href="/benefits/Pages/Bay-Area-Commuter-Benefits-Program.aspx" title="CalHR’s Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program page">CalHR’s Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program page</a> provides additional information about the steps departments must complete to register and maintain Program compliance.<br> <br>Affected state agencies and departments may contact <a href="" title="">​</a> for additional clarification.​</p>Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program – Notification, Record Keeping, and Annual Reporting Requirements for Affected Agencies/Departments11/4/2021 7:00:00 AM
<p>Assembly Bill 1887 prohibits state agencies from requiring any of their employees, officers or members to travel to, or approving a request for state-funded or state-sponsored travel to, any state that has enacted discriminatory laws or practices on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, subject to certain exceptions.<br> <br>Effective September 30, 2021, the Attorney General will add Ohio to the restricted travel list. To view the entire list of banned states, visit the <a href="" title="California Attorney General's website">California Attorney General's website</a>.<br> <br>Previously approved discretionary travel to Ohio must be cancelled. All mission critical travel to banned states must be resubmitted to Department Directors and Agency Secretaries (or their designees) to ensure they meet the exception criteria. New mission critical trips not already submitted within an approved out-of-state travel blanket will require final approval from the Governor's Office through the individual trip request process.<br> <br>For additional information regarding AB 1887 and out-of-state travel, please review <a href="" title=" HR Manual section 2201 – Travel and Relocation Policy​">HR Manual section 2201 – Travel and Relocation Policy​</a>.​​</p>The Attorney General Adds Ohio to the Restricted Travel List for Out-of-State Travel10/5/2021 7:00:00 AM
<p>Departmental personnel offices must provide a second notice that addresses the expiration of the COBRA subsidy premium assistance coverage. This notice must be provided to those assistance eligible individuals (AEIs) no earlier than 45 days before expiration, but no later than 15 days before their premium assistance expires. More information can be found in the May 6, 2021, <a href="/benefits/Documents/COBRA-subsidy-memo-final.pdf" title="View the memorandum">memorandum</a>. Additional details and a link to the Department of Labor guidelines and model notices can be found on the <a href="/benefits/Pages/american-rescue-plan-act-temporary-cobra-subsidy-pandemic-relief.aspx" title="View information regarding American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Temporary COBRA Subsidy Pandemic Relief and Guidelines">CalHR website​</a>.​</p>American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Temporary Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) Premium Subsidy Pandemic Relief - Reminder9/16/2021 7:00:00 AM

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