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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 6. Service [19251.5 - 19406]

  ( Heading of Chapter 6 renumbered from Chapter 7 by Stats. 1985, Ch. 794, Sec. 24. )

ARTICLE 1. General [19251.5 - 19261]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 123. )

19251.5.
  

All state employees and employees of the University of California and the California State University shall have the right to communicate with Members and employees of the Legislature.

A state employee, employee of the University of California, or employee of the California State University may raise as a defense, at an adverse action hearing, the right to communicate with Members and employees of the Legislature as provided for in this section whenever he or she believes that the basis for that adverse action is retaliation for that communication.

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 478, Sec. 15.)

19253.
  

Subject to approval by the department, an appointing power with the concurrence or at the request of an employee may request the voluntary demotion of such employee to a vacant position.

If the class to which the demotion is proposed requires qualifications, knowledges, or abilities not measured by the examination for the class from which demotion is proposed, the department may examine the employee for the possession of those additional qualifications, knowledges, and abilities.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 427, Sec. 65. Effective January 1, 2014.)

19253.5.
  

(a) An appointing power may require an employee to submit to a medical examination by a physician or physicians designated by the appointing power to evaluate the capacity of the employee to perform the work of his or her position.

(b) Fees for the examination and for the services of medical specialists or technicians, if necessary, shall be paid by the state agency. The employee may submit medical or other evidence to the examining physician or to the appointing power. The examining physician shall make a written report of the examination to the appointing power. The appointing power shall provide a copy to the physician designated by the employee.

(c) When the appointing power, after considering the conclusions of the medical examination and other pertinent information, concludes that the employee is unable to perform the work of his or her present position, but is able to perform the work of another position including one of less than full time, the appointing power may demote or transfer the employee to such a position.

Except as authorized by the Department of Human Resources under Section 19837, the employee demoted or transferred pursuant to this section shall receive the maximum of the salary range of the class to which he or she is demoted or transferred, provided that the salary is not greater than the salary he or she received at the time of his or her demotion or transfer.

(d) When the appointing power after considering the conclusions of the medical examination provided for by this section or medical reports from the employee’s physician, and other pertinent information, concludes that the employee is unable to perform the work of his or her present position, or any other position in the agency, and the employee is not eligible or waives the right to retire for disability and elects to withdraw his or her retirement contributions or to permit his or her contributions to remain in the retirement fund with rights to service retirement, the appointing power may terminate the appointment of the employee.

(e) The appointing power may demote, transfer, or terminate an employee under this section without requiring the employee to submit to a medical examination when the appointing power relies upon a written statement submitted to the appointing power by the employee as to the employee’s condition or upon medical reports submitted to the appointing power by the employee.

(f) The employee shall be given written notice of any demotion, transfer, or termination under this section at least 15 days prior to the effective date thereof. No later than 15 days after service of the notice, the employee may appeal the action of the appointing power to the board. The board, in accordance with its rules, shall hold a hearing. The board may sustain, disapprove, or modify the demotion, transfer, or termination.

(g) Whenever the board revokes or modifies a demotion, transfer, or termination, the board shall direct the payment of salary to the employee calculated on the same basis and using the same standards as provided in Section 19584.

(h) Upon the request of an appointing authority or the petition of the employee who was terminated, demoted, or transferred in accordance with this section, the employee shall be reinstated to an appropriate vacant position in the same class, in a comparable class or in a lower related class if it is determined by the board that the employee is no longer incapacitated for duty. Such a reinstatement to a position in a different agency may be made only with the concurrence of that agency. In approving or ordering the reinstatements, the board may require the satisfactory completion of a new probationary period. When the board finds the employee who was terminated, demoted, or transferred is no longer incapacitated for duty but there is no vacant position to which the employee appropriately can be appointed, the name of the employee shall be placed upon those reemployment lists that are determined to be appropriate by the board.

(i) (1) If the appointing power, after considering the conclusions of the medical examination provided for by this section or medical reports from the employee’s physician and other pertinent information, concludes that the employee is unable to perform the work of his or her present position or any other position in the agency and the employee is eligible and does not waive the right to retire for disability, the appointing power shall file an application for disability retirement on the employee’s behalf. The appointing power shall give the employee 15 days written notice of its intention to file such an application and a reasonable opportunity to respond to the appointing power prior to the appointing power’s filing of the application. However, the appointing power’s decision to file the application is final and is not appealable to the State Personnel Board.

(2) Notwithstanding Section 21153, upon filing the application for disability retirement, the appointing power may remove the employee from the job and place the employee on involuntary leave status. The employee may use any accrued leave eligible during the period of the involuntary leave. If the employee’s leave credits and programs are exhausted or if they do not provide benefits at least equal to the estimated retirement allowance, the appointing power shall pay the employee an additional temporary disability allowance so that the employee receives payment equal to the retirement allowance. The appointing power shall continue to make all employer contributions to the employee’s health plans during the period of the involuntary leave.

(3) If the application for disability retirement is subsequently granted, the retirement system shall reimburse the appointing power for the temporary disability allowance which shall be deducted from any back disability retirement benefits otherwise payable to the employee. If the application is denied, the appointing power shall reinstate the employee to his or her position with back salary and benefits pursuant to subdivision (g), less any temporary disability allowance paid by the appointing power. The appointing power shall also restore any leave credits the employee used during the period of the involuntary leave.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 427, Sec. 66. Effective January 1, 2014.)

19257.
  

Any person acting in good faith in accepting an appointment or employment contrary to this part or the rules prescribed hereunder, shall be paid by the appointing power the compensation promised by or on behalf of the appointing power or, in case no compensation is so promised, then, the actual value of any service rendered and the expense incurred in good faith under such attempted appointment or employment, and has a cause of action against the appointing power therefor.

(Added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 123.)

19257.5.
  

Where the appointment of an employee has been made and accepted in good faith, but where the appointment would not have been made but for some mistake of law or fact that if known to the parties would have rendered the appointment unlawful when made, the department may declare the appointment void from the beginning if the action is taken within one year after the appointment.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 427, Sec. 67. Effective January 1, 2014.)

19261.
  

(a) The Department of Human Resources may establish standards of health and safety in state agencies and may develop a comprehensive health and safety program designed to improve the efficiency and raise the morale of state employees.

Nothing in this section or in the standards established thereunder shall discriminate against treatment by prayer or spiritual means nor require physical examination of any employee who files with the board an affidavit setting forth that he or she depends exclusively upon prayer for healing in accordance with the teachings of a bona fide religious sect, denomination or organization and that he or she is to the best of his or her knowledge and belief in good health and that he or she claims exemption on such grounds, except that when there is probable cause to believe that such employee is not physically able to perform the duties of his or her employment, the board may require a physical examination of the employee sufficient to indicate whether or not he or she is able to perform the duties of his or her employment.

(b) If the provisions of this section are in conflict with the provisions of a memorandum of understanding reached pursuant to Section 3517.5, the memorandum of understanding shall be controlling without further legislative action, except that if such provisions of a memorandum of understanding require the expenditure of funds, the provisions shall not become effective unless approved by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 665, Sec. 70. Effective January 1, 2013.)

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