The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 26, 2011
Oral argument scheduled in CCPOA furlough case

Attorneys for the California Correctional Peace Officers Association and the Brown administration will have a chance to make oral arguments next month in the key outstanding court case on state employee furloughs.

A decision had been expected any day based on written briefs filed late last year and early this year, but the 1st District Court of Appeals announced this afternoon that it has scheduled a hearing for Aug. 18.

CCPOA initially won the case, and after some legal maneuvering the state was successful in getting the appellate court to consider the case.

Jonathan Yank
, an attorney for CCPOA, said the court might want to hear more about how this case relates to the landmark state Supreme Court decision in Professional Engineers In California Government v. Schwarzenegger that the furlough program was legal.

The CCPOA case is distinct in that its "self-directed" furlough program essentially involved state employees working for free with the promise of actual days off in the future.

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