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September 9, 2009
Caltrans district director sets 'core business hours' for workers

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 081212 caltrans_logo.gifMany Caltrans employees continue to fume over outgoing Director Will Kempton's message that the department has ended alternative work schedules for the 2009-10 fiscal year.

In response, District Director Raymond Wolfe last week sent an e-mail to employees in his district outlining his work schedule policy. We're posting the e-mail here after confirming its authenticity with the department:

Click the link below to read the e-mail.

Implementation of a third furlough day has proven difficult to us all. The good news is that there has been no further discussion of additional salary cuts or furloughs. As you are well aware from Director Kempton's July 31 departing message, followed by Director Iwasaki's email last Friday, the Department has taken the additional step of suspending alternate work schedules for most staff through the duration of the furloughs. This measure was based on the need to continue to meet the Department's mission given the furlough constraint.

•All of this has raised the issue of standard work hours for the District. I do not believe it necessary to establish a set work schedule for all employees, but there are compelling reasons to institute core business hours in which staff are expected to work. This will enable us to continue to meet the needs of our internal and external partners.

• As such, the District's core business hours will be from 8:00 - 11:30 am and 12:30 - 4:00 pm. This means that staff may establish a work schedule with a start time earlier than 8:00 and an ending time later than 4:00 pm, but that staff are expected to work during the core hours. Examples of such work schedules are:

• A start time of 7:30 am and an end time of 4:15 pm, with a 45-minute lunch break taken sometime between 11:30 and 12:30.

•A start time of 8:00 am and an end time of 4:45, with a 45- minute lunch break taken sometime between 11:30 and 12:30.

The above examples are just two options that will enable staff to have flexibility with their work schedules while meeting the requirement to work during core hours. A variety of other schedules will also meet this requirement. Staff are expected to work with their respective supervisors to set their actual work schedules; these will be consistent with internal Division, District and external needs. There may be opportunities for minor deviations from the established core business hours. These will require approval from the Deputy District Director for the respective Division.

Raymond W. Wolfe
District 8 Director
464 West 4th Street
San Bernardino, CA 92401


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