Our news story in today's Bee looks at CalPERS' use of "additional appointments." The practice, which allows state workers to be placed in a second state job, is authorized by Section 350 of the state Personnel Management Policy and Procedures Manual.
But the 27-year-old document doesn't directly answer the question raised by CalPERS' application of it: Does a state agency or department have the authority to give salaried managers they employ a second rank-and-file position that pays an hourly wage?
Section 350 doesn't include instructions for calculating additional appointment pay for managers or for hourly employees. It's only example of the practice envisions an hourly employee, an Office Assistant II, who takes a second hourly job as a stenographer.
The section also says that departments should consult the Department of Personnel Administration (now CalHR) with "concerns regarding non-merit topics."
CalPERS officials say the fund hasn't broken any state or federal rules. After The Bee last Friday first asked CalPERS about its additional appointments of managers, the fund contacted both CalHR and the State Personnel Board to arrange a meeting to discuss the issue. We've embedded a copy of the memo below, provided by CalPERS.
What do you think? Does Section 350 (read it here) authorize giving managers additional part-time jobs? Does it forbid the practice? Or does it completely fail to address the issue?