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  ( 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 1. General [18500 - 18599]

  ( Chapter 1 added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 123. )

ARTICLE 1. Purpose [18500 - 18502]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 123. )


It is the purpose of this part:

(a) To facilitate the operation of Article VII of the Constitution.

(b) To promote and increase economy and efficiency in the state service.

(c) To provide a comprehensive personnel system for the state civil service, in which:

(1) Positions involving comparable duties and responsibilities are similarly classified and compensated.

(2) Appointments are based upon merit and fitness ascertained through practical and competitive examination.

(3) State civil service employment is made a career by providing for security of tenure and the advancement of employees within the service insofar as consistent with the best interests of the state.

(4) The rights and interests of the state civil service employee are given consideration insofar as consistent with the best interests of the state.

(5) Applicants and employees are treated in an equitable manner without regard to political affiliation, race, color, sex, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, disability, political or religious opinions or nonjob-related factors.

(6) Tenure of civil service employment is subject to good behavior, efficiency, the necessity of the performance of the work, and the appropriation of sufficient funds.

(Amended by Stats. 1988, Ch. 1193, Sec. 1.)


This part and Part 2.6 shall be known as the State Civil Service Act.

(Added by Stats. 2012, Ch. 360, Sec. 9. (SB 1309) Effective January 1, 2013.)


(a) There is hereby created in state government the Department of Human Resources. The department succeeds to and is vested with the following:

(1) All of the powers and duties exercised and performed by the Department of Personnel Administration.

(2) Those powers, duties, and authorities necessary to operate the state civil service system pursuant to Article VII of the California Constitution, this code, the merit principle, and applicable rules duly adopted by the State Personnel Board.

(b) The State Personnel Board shall prescribe rules consistent with a merit based civil service system to govern appointments, classification, examinations, probationary periods, disciplinary actions, and other matters related to the board’s authority under Article VII of the California Constitution. The State Personnel Board may conduct audits and investigations of personnel practices of the department and appointing authorities to ensure compliance with civil service policies, procedures, and statutes.

(c) This section shall not limit the authority of the Department of Human Resources and the State Personnel Board to delegate, share, or transfer between them responsibilities for programs within their respective jurisdictions pursuant to an agreement.

(d) The rules and regulations of the State Personnel Board and of the Department of Personnel Administration shall remain in effect unless and until contradicted by the terms of this chapter or amended or repealed by the board or the Department of Human Resources.

(Amended by Stats. 2018, Ch. 53, Sec. 17. (SB 866) Effective June 27, 2018.)

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