Officials from California's Department of Human Resources and the State Personnel Board told lawmakers today that they are analyzing how departments applied an obscure, controversial policy that allows salaried state employees to take a second part-time job in their same department and earn an hourly wage.
In testimony before a Senate Budget and Fiscal Review subcommittee, human resources Director Julie Chapman said her department has dedicated five employees to work through 25 boxes of employee time sheets, payroll records and other information. Eleven departments turned over the documents after The Bee reported that they had at least one exempt employee appointed to a second job that pays an hourly wage.
"We hope in the next month to have all the analysis done," Chapman said.
Personnel board Executive Officer Suzanne Ambrose said her agency is investigating whether departments that used "additional appointments" violated the civil service rules that govern all state jobs.
"All the same merit standards apply" to additional appointments as to primary jobs, Ambrose said, including posting open positions.
The subcommittee chairwoman, Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, noted that lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban additional appointments and that they need more information to debate it.
"I hope you'll be able to come back by the May (state budget) revise," Hancock said to Chapman and Ambrose.
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PHOTO CREDIT: The California state Capitol in Sacramento, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008. Michael Allen Jones / Sacramento Bee file photo