The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 4, 2010
High court's furlough decision now final

100609 gavel.jpgThe California Supreme Court's decision in Professional Engineers in California Government v. Schwarzenegger is now final.

A month ago, the court unanimously ruled that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't have authority to force state workers to take time off without pay. But, the court said, the Legislature does have that power and tacitly conferred it on Schwarzenegger with budgets that approved the policy.

Since the ruling didn't take effect until now, the administration continued furloughs. The Legislature then approved a 2010-11 budget explicitly and retroactively deputizing the governor to furlough employees whose unions don't have contracts.

Click here to see the court's notice of remittitur on the docket, which signals the official close of the case.


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