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Various Employee Compensation and Retirement Items

June 23, 2010 - Presented to The Conference Committee on the Budget


The Employment Development Department's Automation Projects

May 3, 2010 - Presented to: Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 5 On State Administration Hon. Denise Moreno Ducheny, Chair


Assessing the Governor's Employment Training Initiative

February 3, 2010 - Presented to: Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee Hon. Denise Moreno Ducheny, Chair


Unemployment Insurance Automation Projects

February 3, 2010 - Presented to: Assembly Committee on Insurance Hon. Jose Solorio, Chair


The 2010-11 Budget: The Governor's Employee Compensation Proposals

January 27, 2010 - This report discusses some key issues facing the Legislature in the employee compensation area of the budget. In 2009–10, the state has achieved significant savings due to the Governor’s furlough program, which is being challenged in many court cases. For 2010–11, the Governor proposes various measures to reduce state personnel costs, including shifting pension contribution costs from the state to employees, unallocated reductions in personnel budgets of departments, and an across–the–board salary reduction for employees. These proposals would result in $2.5 billion in savings ($1.4 billion General Fund). We believe that employee compensation reductions are necessary due to the magnitude of the budget problem. Nevertheless, some of the administration’s proposals would face legal challenges or otherwise may be difficult to implement. Consequently, we recommend that the Legislature focus efforts to reduce compensation costs on pay reduction options. Special session.


Public Employee Pension and Retiree Health Costs in California

November 12, 2009 - Presented to the Council of State Governments, La Quinta, California


Workers' Compensation: Recent Decisions Likely to Increase Benefits and Employer Costs

October 16, 2009 - Recent decisions by the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) concluded that the current system used to measure permanent disability (PD) in workers' compensation claims can be challenged. This analysis discusses how the WCAB’s decisions could lead to (1) changes in PD ratings, (2) increased incentive for litigation, and (3) decreased uniformity in determining PD. Ultimately, the likely result would be increased benefits for workers and higher costs for businesses and governments.


Pending Proposal Concerning Highway Patrol Officer Retiree Health Benefits Funding

September 2, 2009 - On August 27, 2009, the administration presented to the Legislature a proposed addendum to the existing state employee labor agreement with Bargaining Unit 5 (California Highway Patrol [CHP] Officers). The proposal would amend the Public Employees’ Medical and Hospital Care Act and increase state budgetary costs in some future years. This letter provides our office’s analysis of the proposal, similar to the analysis we routinely provide the JLBC with proposed labor agreements.


MOU Fiscal Analysis: Bargaining Units 1, 3, 4, 11, 14, 15, 17, 20, and 21 (SEIU Local 1000)

March 6, 2009 - We review the administration's proposed labor agreements with SEIU Local 1000, the largest state employee union. The administration estimates that the state's net savings under the proposed agreements would be $337 million ($156 million General Fund) between now and June 2010--compared to costs negotiated in prior Local 1000 MOUs. We also discuss two alternate ways to view the costs of the proposed agreements--compared to costs under the Governor's previous two-day-per-month furlough plan and compared to costs included in the February budget package. The proposed agreements represent a cost increase for the state under both of these alternate methods.


Informational: Comparison of Workforce Investment Act Discretionary Fund Expenditure Plans

June 13, 2008 - Item 7100-001-0869 of the 2008 Budget Conference Committee (page 374).


Informational: Recommended Supplemental Report Language For Labor Code 2810

June 13, 2008 - Item 7350-001-0001 of the 2008 Budget Conference Committee (page 378).


LAO Compromise: Pre-Assistance Employment Readiness System

June 13, 2008 - LAO compromise for Item 5180-101-000 of the 2008 Budget Conference Committee (page 295).


LAO Compromise: CalSTRS Purchasing Power Benefits

June 10, 2008 - LAO compromise for Item 1920 of the 2008 Budget Conference Committee (page 89).


Recent Proposals for CalSTRS Purchasing Power Benefits

April 22, 2008 - Presented to Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration


Vacant Positions

February 20, 2008 - About 14 percent of state employee positions are vacant. In this piece, we discuss the factors that cause high vacancy levels. We recommend repealing an ineffective state law that purports to abolish vacant positions. In its place, we offer the Legislature some options to hold departments accountable for high vacancy rates.

Other Government Areas Staff

Chas Alamo
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Personal Income Tax, Employment, and Labor Law
Ann Hollingshead
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State Budget and Federal Funding
Lourdes Morales
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Local Government
Jessica Peters
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Emergency Services and Business Regulation
Nick Schroeder
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Public Employment, CalPERS, and Elections
Brian Weatherford
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Corporation Tax and Insurance
Angela Short
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Teachers' Retirement Policy/ Child Welfare/ Community Care Licensing
Seth Kerstein
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Sales and Excise Taxes and Demographics