March 8, 2023 CASE Files

Keeping 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.

NDI-Family Care Leave Update. We’re now just under four months from the start of the NDI-Family Care Leave program for CASE Members on July 1. As a quick reminder, this benefit – the first of its kind for any state employee union – provides 50% wage replacement (which can be supplemented up to 75% or 100% with leave credits) for up to 6 weeks to care for an ailing family member or for the birthing and non-birthing parent to bond with a newly arrived child (via birth, adoption, or foster care placement). This benefit is provided with no out-of-pocket costs to you. 

To access the benefit, you must be enrolled in the Annual Leave program (instead of Vacation/Sick Leave). You can only change between Annual Leave and Vacation/Sick Leave every 24 months, so be mindful when timing your changes. 

If you’ll be welcoming a new member of the family before July 1, the benefit can be accessed any time during the child’s first year of life (or arrival to your home) after July 1.

CASE has requested, and CalHR is working on, an FAQ and guidance for departments to clarify the mechanics of the program. We anticipate this being released to departments in late spring.

News of interest to Unit 2 legal professionals:

CASE Public Service Scholars Award. With college acceptance season nearly upon us, the Board is pleased to announce the first annual CASE Public Service Scholars Award, available exclusively to CASE Members and their dependents bound for college, law school, or graduate school. Applications will be accepted from March 1 through May 1. Click here for more information and to apply

CASE in the Wild. Do you volunteer in your community? Mentor local youth? Enjoy activities with other CASE Members? This week, we feature our first “CASE IN THE WILD” entry, highlighting member accomplishments and opportunities. Have a suggested feature? Send it our way. Last week, we shared an opportunity to join the California DOJ team’s Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay team. Learn more about the race here. Up to the challenge or want to learn more? Contact CASE Vice President (and race veteran) Ryan Smith.

Headed to the DWC Conference? The 30th Annual California DWC Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference is back in person this year and CASE will be there, in both northern and southern California. If you’re attending, we want to meet you! Stop by the CASE booth, meet CASE Directors and staff, and grab some members-only CASE swag. Find us at the Oakland Marriott City Center March 9-10 and at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott March 23-24.

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