Report 2009-608 Recommendation 1 Responses

Report 2009-608: High Risk Update—State Overtime Costs: A Variety of Factors Resulted in Significant Overtime Costs at the Departments of Mental Health and Developmental Services (Release Date: October 2009)

Recommendation #1 To: State Hospitals, Department of

To make certain that patients and consumers are provided with an adequate level of care, and that the health and safety of the employees, patients, and consumers are protected, Mental Health and Developmental Services should encourage Personnel Administration—which is responsible for negotiating labor agreements with employee bargaining units—to include provisions in future collective agreements to cap the number of voluntary overtime hours an employee can work and/or to require the departments to ensure that overtime hours are distributed more evenly among staff. One solution would be to give volunteers who have worked the least amount of overtime preference over volunteers who already have worked significant amounts of overtime.

Agency Response*

Mental Health stated it raised the issue of having staff with the least amount of overtime receive preference over the employees who have worked significant amounts of overtime with Personnel Administration. In spite of that, Personnel Administration reached a tentative agreement as of October 7, 2010, with employee bargaining unit 17 and an agreement dated August 19, 2010, with employee bargaining unit 18, without a provision to have staff with the least amount of overtime receive preference over the employees who have worked significant amounts of overtime. (2011-406, p. 141)

  • Response Type†: 1-Year
  • Response Date: October 2010

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


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†Response Type refers to the interval in which the auditee is providing the State Auditor with their status in implementing recommendations made in an audit report. Auditees must submit a response regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year or subsequent to one year.

*Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.


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