California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers in State Employment
Dear Member of Bargaining Unit 2:
Late Wednesday, health insurer Anthem (one of the health care insurance companies available to State of California employees) reported that hackers have breached its computer system and that the personal information of up to 80 million customers is possibly at risk. According to Anthem, the hackers "obtained personal information from . . . current and former members such as their names, birthdays, medical IDs/social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, including income data." Anthem has indicated that it plans to "individually notify current and former members whose information has been accessed," and promised to "provide credit monitoring and identity protection services free of charge." Click here to read Anthem's statement to its members.
If you have any questions about this data breach, please contact Anthem directly at (877) 263-7995. As an additional precaution, Anthem members may also wish to place a fraud alert on their credit files by contacting the three major credit reporting agencies:
Equifax:https://www.alerts.equifax.com/AutoFraud_Online/jsp/fraudAlert.jsp Experian: https://www.experian.com/fraud/center.html
Trans Union: http://www.transunion.com/personal-credit/credit-disputes/fraud-alerts.page
The CASE Board of Directors
Dear Member of Bargaining Unit 2:
CASE is pleased to announce that on Thursday, January 8, 2015, the State Personnel Board ("SPB") approved the creation of statewide ALJ III and Attorney V classifications. These new classifications will provide the legal professionals of Bargaining Unit 2 with increased promotional opportunities and compensation.
As you may recall, CASE and CalHR will be making several joint presentations over the coming months in order to draft job specifications for those classifications with either department-specific requirements or other unique qualifications that do not mirror the general ALJ III and Attorney V classifications approved this week by the SPB. However, regarding the general statewide ALJ III and Attorney V classifications, please note the following:
As to the new statewide ALJ III classification: In addition to the specific knowledge and abilities required, candidates must have been admitted to practice law in California for at least five years immediately preceding application for appointment and either: (I) have eight years of experience performing the duties of an ALJ, six years of which must have been performing the duties of an ALJ II; or (II) eight years of experience in the conduct of judicial or quasi-judicial hearings in the capacity of presiding officer -or- eight years of experience in the practice of law, including five years of experience in the presentation of evidence and the examination of witnesses before a trial court or quasi-judicial administrative body.
As to the new statewide Attorney V classification: In addition to the specific knowledge and abilities required, candidates must have 13 years of legal experience in the practice of law, three years of which must have been at a level of responsibility equivalent to an Attorney IV.
A copy of the SPB agenda item, including details for the statewide ALJ III and Attorney V classifications, is attached below.
While this is a hard-fought and important milestone, there is still work to be done. Because the SPB does not have authority to set salaries, the next step in the process will be for CASE to meet and confer with CalHR regarding salary ranges for the new statewide ALJ III and Attorney V classifications. CASE will also meet and confer with CalHR to provide input about the form and content of the ALJ III and Attorney V promotional examinations. Finally, CASE will work to ensure that funding is allocated at the department level to create ALJ III and Attorney V positions in those departments with Bargaining Unit 2 members. These tasks are likely to take a minimum of several months, possibly longer.
CASE will continue to keep you informed as this project continues to move forward. In the meantime, should you have any specific questions, please review the frequently asked questions (below). If you have a specific question or concern not addressed below, please contact CASE at email@example.com with "ALJ III Question" or "Attorney V Question" in the subject line. Every effort will be made to provide you with a personal response.
As always, your support of CASE and your colleagues in Bargaining Unit 2 is greatly appreciated.
The CASE Board of Directors
NEW ALJ/ATTORNEY CLASSIFICATIONS: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Will my department be eligible for ALJ III / Attorney V positions?
A: Yes. It is the intention of both CASE and CalHR to make these positions available to all departments that employ ALJs and/or attorneys.
Q: Were all departments approved for ALJ III or Attorney V positions on January 8, 2015?
A: No. Those legal professionals working in departments with department-specific requirements or unique minimum qualifications that do not apply to the majority of state departments were not included in the January 8, 2015, SPB submission. However, CASE and CalHR will be submitting additional proposals to the SPB in the coming months that will create equivalent positions that include these unique qualifications and will apply to your department.
Q: My department does not have ALJ II / Attorney IV positions. Will I be eligible for the ALJ III / Attorney V?
A: Yes. CalHR has agreed to establish the ALJ III positions as broadly as possible, including those departments that do not presently have ALJ II or Attorney IV positions. CASE has made it clear, and CalHR has agreed, that pathways to the ALJ III and Attorney V positions must be available to all members of Bargaining Unit 2.
Q: When will CalHR make the ALJ III / Attorney V exam available?
A: The classifications were formally created on January 8, 2015. No specific date has been set to make the ALJ III or Attorney V examination available. However, CASE will make every effort to keep this process moving forward as quickly as possible.
Q: What is the salary for the ALJ III? For the Attorney V?
A: The salaries for the ALJ III and Attorney V have not yet been set. However, new classifications have traditionally been created with a top salary step that is 5% higher than the top step of the prior classification. CASE will meet and confer with CalHR as to this issue and will report back as soon as the salaries have been formally established.
Q: Are the ALJ III and Attorney V classifications managerial positions or rank and file positions?
A: Both the ALJ III and Attorney V classifications are rank and file positions.