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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Things are strange for State of California employees right now. Many of us are working from and almost all of us are facing a pay decrease that might last for two years. Here you'll find some information on what is going on and how if affects us as state employees. Stay strong and safe!

Resources, updates and information for State of California Employees

Employee Assistance Program

The first thing we want make sure all state employees are aware of is our Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Hopefully all of your departments are giving you plenty of info on this valuable benefit, but if not, here is a quick summary.

All State employees and their eligible dependents have access to EAP. Whether you're feeling anxious about the pandemic or you're facing a financial difficulty, EAP can connect you with the counselors or resources to help you better manage. Their website has a lot of great video and articles, too. You can find more information at:


Each department manages their own teleworking policies, but CalHR has a model plan and guidance on best practices when working from home. Employees should consult their individual department's teleworking policies and agreements, but here you'll find some great information if you are teleworking. CalHR defines the terms you might find in your department's teleworking agreement and outlines what should be expected of both employee and employer. You can find CalHR's Telework policy here.


Most state employees are going to be required to take a pay decrease in exchange for compensated time off. Each bargaining unit (BU) is a little bit different, so you should check what yours agreed upon. You can check the specific in CalHR's Bargaining Unit section. For most BUs there is a Side Letter that outlines how your paycheck will be affected. You can also find a summary of how each union will be impacted here.


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