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Government Code - GOV

TITLE 2. GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA [8000 - 22980]

  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 134. )
  

DIVISION 5. PERSONNEL [18000 - 22980]

  ( Division 5 added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 123. )
  

PART 2. STATE CIVIL SERVICE [18500 - 19799]

  ( Part 2 added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 123. )
  

CHAPTER 10. Prohibitions and Offenses [19680 - 19765]

  ( Chapter 10 added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 123. )
  

ARTICLE 1. General [19680 - 19683.5]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 123. )

  
19683.  

(a) The State Personnel Board shall initiate a hearing or investigation of a written complaint of conduct prohibited by Section 8547.3 within 10 working days of its submission. The executive officer shall complete findings of the hearing or investigation within 60 working days thereafter, and shall provide a copy of the findings to the complaining state employee or applicant for state employment and to the appropriate supervisor, manager, employee, or appointing authority. When the allegations contained in a complaint of reprisal or retaliation are the same as, or similar to, those contained in another appeal, the executive officer may consolidate the appeals into the most appropriate format. In these cases, the time limits described in this subdivision shall not apply. The board shall render its decision on the consolidated matter within a reasonable time after the conclusion of the hearing or investigation, except that the period shall not exceed six months from the date of the order of consolidation unless extended by the board for a period of not more than 45 additional days from the expiration of the six-month period.

(b) If the executive officer finds that the supervisor, manager, employee, or appointing power retaliated against the complainant for engaging in protected whistleblower activities, the supervisor, manager, employee, or appointing power may request a hearing before the State Personnel Board regarding the findings of the executive officer. The request for hearing and any subsequent determination by the board shall be made in accordance with the board’s normal rules governing appeals, hearings, investigations, and disciplinary proceedings.

(c) If, after the hearing, the State Personnel Board determines that a violation of Section 8547.3 occurred, or if no hearing is requested and the findings of the executive officer conclude that improper activity has occurred, the board may order any appropriate relief, including, but not limited to, reinstatement, backpay, restoration of lost service credit, if appropriate, compensatory damages, and the expungement of any adverse records of the state employee or applicant for state employment who was the subject of the alleged acts of misconduct prohibited by Section 8547.3.

(d) Whenever the board determines that a manager, supervisor, or employee, who is named a party to the retaliation complaint, has violated Section 8547.3 and that violation constitutes legal cause for discipline under one or more subdivisions of Section 19572, it shall impose a just and proper penalty and cause an entry to that effect to be made in the manager’s, supervisor’s, or employee’s official personnel records.

(e) Whenever the board determines that a manager, supervisor, or employee, who is not named a party to the retaliation complaint, may have engaged in or participated in any act prohibited by Section 8547.3, the board shall notify the manager’s, supervisor’s, or employee’s appointing power of that fact in writing. Within 60 days after receiving the notification, the appointing power shall either serve a notice of adverse action on the manager, supervisor, or employee, or set forth in writing its reasons for not taking adverse action against the manager, supervisor, or employee. The appointing power shall file a copy of the notice of adverse action with the board in accordance with Section 19574. If the appointing power declines to take adverse action against the manager, supervisor, or employee, it shall submit its written reasons for not doing so to the board, which may take adverse action against the manager, supervisor, or employee as provided in Section 19583.5. A manager, supervisor, or employee who is served with a notice of adverse action pursuant to this section may file an appeal with the board in accordance with Section 19575.

(f) In order for the Governor and the Legislature to determine the need to continue or modify state personnel procedures as they relate to the investigations of reprisals or retaliation for the disclosure of information by public employees, the State Personnel Board, by June 30 of each year, shall submit a report to the Governor and the Legislature regarding complaints filed, hearings held, and legal actions taken pursuant to this section.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 781, Sec. 3. (SB 496) Effective January 1, 2014.)