The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

June 20, 2010
From the notebook: State leave categories and cash values

notebook-thumb-216x184-9328.jpgFrom the notebook items give State Worker blog users some of the notes, quotes, numbers and other background material that inform the news stories we write.

Our story in today's Bee references employee leave data provided to us by the State Controller's Office.

As the piece points out, the state over the years has used leave to pay lawsuit settlements and, in 2003, gave workers leave time instead of a scheduled raise.

Click here to see the accrued leave benefits by category data. You'll also need to open this link to find the controller's definitions of each leave category. The definitions include all types of leave, both those with cash value and those without cash value.

Parting thought: If the courts find that Schwarzenegger illegally furloughed state workers, history suggests settlement could be in leave time, not cash, for employees still on the state payroll.


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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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