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COVID-19 Updates: State Website Set Up; CalPERS Guidance on Work Limitations

March 19, 2020

California Launches COVID-19 Web Page

On March 18, 2020, the state of California released a COVID-19 website that includes links to services and information on education, employment and taxes, health care and state and local governmental authority recommendations and guidance.

CalPERS Releases Guidance on Retired Annuitant Work Hour Limitations

On March 4, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-25-20, which, among other things, suspended the work hour limitations for retired annuitants who work in CalPERS-covered service during the COVID-19 state of emergency.

On March 18, 2020, CalPERS issued Circular Letter 200-015-20 to inform public agencies of the impact of Executive order N-25-20 on CalPERS retirees employed as retired annuitants with all CalPERS employers. It confirms that any hours worked by a retired annuitant to ensure adequate staffing during the state of emergency will not be counted toward the 960-hour limit for the fiscal year. It also provides that the 180-day break in service requirement under Government Code § 7522.56(f) is suspended for retired annuitants hired to ensure adequate staffing during the current state of emergency. Additionally, the declaration of a state of emergency exempts retired annuitants from the 60-day separation in service requirement under California Code of Regulations (CCR) § 586.2(a)(2). Public employers must, however, continue to comply with legal requirements for compensation and benefits, as set forth in California Government Code §§ 21221(h), 21224(a) and 7522.56(e).

The CalPERS Circular Letter can be found at the link below:

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