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November 30, 2022 CASE Files

Welcome to this week’s CASE Files, part of our commitment to keep you up-to-date on our work to increase your salary, improve and protect your benefits, and aggressively represent your professional interests in every forum where they are at stake.

CASE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ UPDATE 

Check Your CalConnect Account for Retroactive GSI Payment. Last week, CalHR and the State Controller issued the documents required to process the 2022 2.5% general salary increase for the period from July, 2022 to October, 2022, and prospectively to your pay warrants from now on. You can review the CalHR letter here and the SCO letter here. Many members have now seen the retroactive pay post to their CalConnect account. The time it takes your financial institution to process the payment, if you receive direct deposits, may vary.

You should see two more transactions reflected this week: first another supplemental warrant reflecting the increase for your November 2022 pay and then your regular pay warrant for time worked in November. Starting with the pay you receive for work performed in December, the 2.5% GSI will be included in your regular warrant. 

As a reminder: typically, when retroactive payments are provided, tax withholding is higher on that lump-sum check than on your normal warrant. CASE does not control the amount of withholding – SCO determines that amount. Your tax preparer can provide additional information or advice. Financial Wellness guidance and resources are also available via EAP.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

News Headlines. Recent media reports of interest to Unit 2 legal professionals:

CALPERS CORNER

News You Can Use.  CalPERS blog, PERSpective, is an authoritative, timely financial resource for members covered by the system’s retirement and health care programs. Recent posts include, “7 End-of-Year Financial Actions to Cross Off Your List,” ”Get to Know the CalPERS Health Benefits Program,” and “9 Tips to Keep Your Money Safe During Online Holiday Shopping (and Always).”  You can check out the website’s homepage via this link.

REMINDERS

Excessive Outsourcing at Your Department? Let CASE Know. State departments are required to notify CASE when they outsource work that can and should be performed by Unit 2 employees – but they don’t always do so in a timely manner. If you see your department outsourcing Unit 2 work, let us know! You can use the new email address outsidelegalcounsel@calattorneys.org to let us know what’s going on. Not every instance of outsourcing is impermissible, but CASE is committed to vigilantly monitoring state outsourcing to protect your job and career development opportunities.

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