Quick News / Resources
Here is some news from ACSED on the recent activities of your President and Board. Please be sure to renew your membership and encourage others to join. Remember, we are stronger together!!
- ACSED in partnership with the Asian Pacific State Employee Association (APSEA) are developing the “Brown Bag Luncheon Leadership Talks”. This monthly program is focused on professional development and is free to all current members of each respective organization. It is also open to nonmembers for a small fee. The first “Brown Bag Lunch” presentation will be September 20th from 12-00 to 1:00 p.m. at the Department of Rehabilitation, 721 Capitol Mall. To learn more go to https://apsea-acsed-cdp.eventbrite.com. Please be sure to renew your membership and encourage others to join. We appreciate those who support the organization and encourage members to get involved in anyone of ACSED’s ongoing committees. This is a peer membership organization and you are an integral part of the organization. Remember, we are stronger together!! So your participation in key to the organizations success. There is a lot to do. So get involved. If you have the time to contribute please contact Dan Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Save the Date – November 8, 2018! ACSED is busy planning the 2018 Awards Reception where the ACES and DAC awards will be given to selected departments. The reception and awards ceremony will be held at Blue Prynt restaurant starting right after work. More information will be coming to ACSED members soon.
- ACSED continues to participate in the Statewide Disability Advisory Council (SDAC) meetings and presents to individual Department Disability Advisory Committees (DACs) about the mission and current goals and activities of ACSED.
- We are continuing discussion with CalHR, the State Personnel Board (SPB), and the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) on implementing high priority recommendations for policy change from the 2015 Joint Project to increase disability employment in state service. In the past two months ACSED has met with the leadership from these three departments regarding these issues and hopes to soon engage in discussion of needed changes to the LEAP program.
- ACSED has been engaged in monitoring and advocating on various legislative issues. SB 866, which dealt with a variety of civil service issues, contained one provision which ACSED supported related to merging LEAP lists with those for similar non-LEAP classifications. The bill was signed by the Governor and went into effect immediately. Two other bills supported by ACSED appear likely to pass the Legislature and go to the Governor for signature. These are AB 1870 (Reyes) which will extend the deadline for filing discrimination complaints to three years and AB 2132 (Levine) which would provide an exemption from building permit fees for persons with disabilities over 60 years of age who remodel their home to provide accessibility.
- ACSED and other groups have been working with DOR and the Department of General Services (DGS) to advocate for improvements in the procurement process used to purchase assistive technology.
STATE PERSONEL BOARD – www.spb.ca.gov
Established by the State Constitution, the State Personnel Board (SPB) is charged with overseeing the merit-based, job-related recruitment and selection process for the hiring of state employees who provide critical services to the citizens of California. SPB provides direction to departments through simplifying civil service laws, rules, and policy. In addition, SPB audits departments for merit system compliance.
SPB also investigates and adjudicates alleged violations of civil service law which are filed by employees, applicants, and members of the public.
DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES – www.calhr.ca.gov
The California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) is the California government agency responsible for human resource management of state employees, including issues related to salaries and benefits, job classifications, training, and recruitment. It is part of the Government Operations Agency.
DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION – www.dor.ca.gov
The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) is an employment and independent living resource for people with disabilities
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE – CIVIL RIGHTS – www.oag.ca.gov
The Civil Rights Enforcement Section is committed to the strong and vigorous enforcement of federal and state civil rights laws. The Section addresses a broad array of civil rights issues, including, but not limited to:
- Discrimination by business establishments, including discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, genetic information, sexual orientation, citizenship, primary language, immigration status, and other protected classifications
- Disability Access Rights
- Employment and Housing Discrimination