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Welcome to the California Job Blog!

Welcome! We can assume that you've landed here because you're interested in working for the State of California. If that's the case, then you're in the right place.

The California Job Blog was started in early 2018 by Jay Davis. Jay has been working for the State of California for 6 years, 5 of which have been spent in human resources as a specialist in hiring and recruiting.

Among Jay's specialties is helping people navigate the State's hiring process. After years of working to hire people for State jobs, two things became very clear. One, the State's hiring process can be very confusing and two, the resources people need to make it less confusing are very hard to find.

He started this blog to help fix those problems. Here you'll find the information and resources needed to be competitive and successful as you search for employment with the State. We hope to provide answers to the most common questions asked by job-seekers, as well as insight into how…
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IRA and 401(k) Contribution Limits

Learn the 2020 Contribution Limits for Your Retirement AccountsEmployment with the State of California offers many great benefits. Among those benefits is the guaranteed income state employees earn through a CalPERS pension.
But there is another form of retirement planning the State makes available to its employees. Savings Plus is a voluntary voluntary retirement planning program that offers 401(k) and 457(b)retirement accounts. These accounts are funded through automatic payroll deductions, and are a great way to save additional money for retirement.

The California Job Blog has a more in-depth article about Savings Plus, how these account work and the investment options available to State employees.

The purpose of this article is to highlight the contribution limits for the main types of retirement accounts. The tables below show the limits for 401(k), 457(b) and IRA accounts. 401(k) and 457(b) have identical limits.

IRAs (Individual Retirement Arrangements) are accounts available t…

2020 CalPERS Pay Days

2020 Northern California CalPERS Pay Dates
MonthMailing DateDirect Deposit DateJanuary01/29/202001/31/2020February02/26/202002/28/2020March03/30/202004/01/2020April04/29/202005/01/2020May05/28/202006/01/2020June06/29/202007/01/2020 July07/29/202007/31/2020 August08/28/202009/01/2020 September09/29/202010/01/2020 October10/28/202010/30/2020 November11/25/202012/01/2020 December12/30/202001/04/2021
2020 Southern California
and Out of State
CalPERS Pay Dates
MonthMailing DateDirect Deposit DateJanuary01/28/202001/31/2020February02/25/202002/28/2020March03/27/202004/01/2020April04/28/202005/01/2020May05/28/202006/01/2020June06/26/202007/01/2020July07/28/202007/31/2020 August08/27/202009/01/2020 September09/28/202010/01/2020 October10/28/202010/30/2020 November11/25/202012/01/2020 December12/29/202001/04/2021
Thanks for reading!
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California State Holidays 2020

2020 California State Holidays

2020 State of California Employee HolidaysHolidayDayNew Year's DayWednesday, January 1Martin Luther King Jr. DayMonday, January 20Presidents' DayMonday, February 17Cesar Chavez DayTuesday, March 31Memorial DayMonday, May 25Independence DaySaturday, July 4*Labor DayMonday, September 7Veterans DayWednesday, November 11ThanksgivingThursday, November 26Day After ThanksgivingFriday, November 27Christmas DayFriday, December 25
*Because Independence Day falls on a Saturday in 2020, full-time State Employees will receive 8 hours of Holiday Credit.

Notes On HolidaysNew Year’s Day – January 1
Martin Luther King Jr. Day – 3rd Monday in January
President's Day – 3rd Monday in February
Cesar Chavez Day – March 31
Memorial Day – The last Monday in May
Independence Day – July 4
Labor Day – First Monday in September
Veterans Day – November 11
Thanksgiving Day – 4th Thursday in November
Day After Thanksgiving – The Friday after Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day – December 25

More On HolidaysColumbus D…

State of California Bargaining Units

Below you will find tables for the 21 State of California bargaining units. For each bargaining unit there are examples of some of its most common classifications. Please keep in mind that managerial and supervisory positions are not represented by collective bargaining and won't be listed here.


Bargaining Unit 1Bargaining Unit NameProfessional, Administrative,
Financial, and Staff ServicesRepresenting OrganizationSEIU 1000Common ClassificationsStaff Services Analyst, Associate Governmental
Program Analyst
, Information Technology SpecialistContractBU 1 Contract (Tentative)
Bargaining Unit 2Bargaining Unit NameAttorneys and Hearing OfficersRepresenting OrganizationCalifornia Attorney, Administrative Law
Judges, and Hearing Officers in State
Employment (CASE)Common ClassificationsAttorney, Legal Analyst, Attorney GeneralContractBU 2 Contract (Tentative)
Bargaining Unit 3Bargaining Unit NameProfessional Educators and LibrariansRepresenting OrganizationSEIU 1000Common ClassificationsLib…