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Administrative bills enacted in 1999 that are of general interest to the Board or have a general statewide impact on all state agencies and/or employees are summarized below. Unless otherwise noted, the new legislation is effective January 1, 2000.
Requires each state agency, in consultation with the California Integrated Waste Management Board, to develop an integrated waste management plan on or before July 1, 2000; requires each state agency to divert 25% of the solid waste generated from landfill disposal or transformation facilities by January 1, 2002, and at least 50% by January 1, 2004.
Relates to the Public Employees' Retirement System death benefits. Authorizes contracting agencies to amend their contracts to become subject to increased pre-retirement death benefits for their employees and would revise the member contribution rate calculation.
Requires an employer (i.e., the state, political subdivisions of the state, and municipalities) who provides sick leave to permit an employee to use in any calendar year accrued sick leave, in an amount not less than the amount earned during 6 months' employment to attend to the illness of a child, parent, or spouse of the employee. This bill prohibits specified disciplinary actions by employers against employees for using sick leave as specified.
Authorizes a public entity to require each prospective bidder for a contract to complete and submit to the entity a standardized questionnaire and financial statement; provides that a prime contractor may not substitute a subcontractor in place of the subcontractor listed in the original bid.
Creates the Work and Family Fund in the State Treasury, to establish and maintain work and family programs for state employees, to be administered by the Department of Personnel Administration.
This bill makes changes to the Bagley Keene Open Meeting Act. Among other things, this bill:
Prohibits supervisory employees from being included in a demonstration project unless there are written agreements with respect to the project between the affected state agency and all verified supervisory employee organizations that represent supervisory employees covered by the project.
Prohibits any state or local government employee from interfering with the right of any person to disclose an improper governmental activity to an investigating committee of the Legislature.
Prohibits a state agency from imposing a civil fine on a small business for a violation of an administrative rule or regulation or noncriminal statute as a result of a Year 2000 Problem suffered by the small business if specified conditions are met.
Raises the amount that an agency may expend for a certificate, plaque, or memento to be presented to an employee or a retired employee who has completed 25 years or more of state service.
Enacts the 1999 state budget and includes line item vetoes.
This bill makes changes to the Public Employees' Retirement Law. Among other things, this bill:
Establishes the Rural Health Care Equity Trust Fund to be administered by the Department of Personnel Administration to provide subsidies and reimbursements, as specified, for certain health care premiums and health care costs incurred by state employees and annuitants in rural areas. The provisions will cease to be operative on January 1, 2005, or earlier as specified.
Establishes a separate supplemental contributions program for eligible employees under the Legislators' Retirement Law and the Public Employees' Retirement Law. This bill creates the Supplemental Contributions Program Fund and appropriates all moneys in that fund to the Board of Administration of the Public Employees' Retirement System to carry out the purposes of the program.
Among other things, this bill requires any state agency accepting payment by credit card to notify each eligible payer and provide, as specified, for billing statements that allow for payment by credit card.
Among other things, this bill:
Requires the Department of General Services to set requirements for the purchase of recycled paper products by state agencies; at least 50 percent of the total dollar amount of paper products purchased or procured will be of recycled paper products and at least 25 percent of the total fine writing and printing paper purchased or procured will be of recycled paper products.
Renames the Reporting of Improper Governmental Activities Act as the California Whistleblower Protection Act. This bill revises the protection afforded to persons, as specified.