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Friday, January 18, 2013

Assemblymember Bonta and Speaker Pérez to Investigate CalPERS Additional Pay for Managers

ASSEMBLY |Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and local Assembly member Rob Bonta released a joint press release Thursday detailing their concern over CalPERS officials receiving additional wages that both Bonta and Pérez said are potentially outside of state personnel policy.

It was recently reported that CalPERS officials who were not eligible for overtime pay were receiving it through additional appointments. CalPERS officials have called the practice common place in other state departments and that they resorted to it while they dealt with a crushing workload to launch a new computer system. But some experts say that this practice may skirt federal law.

This practice reportedly started two years ago when the new computer system was first being implemented and is expected to continue until July.

Bonta and Pérez called the additional pay “disturbing” and said that “we need to look at a better way of handling the extra work.”

“During a time when many Californians are out of work and many state workers have been required to take furloughs, it is disturbing to learn that some CalPERS managers were paid additional wages potentially outside of state personnel policy. While we understand the urgency involving the delivery of CalPERS’ new computer system, we need to look at a better way of handling the extra work. The Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security will be looking further into this matter.”

Bonta chairs the Assembly committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security who will be looking into this matter.

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