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Courts rule Schwarzenegger’s state furloughs were improper

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in Employment Law,Human Resources

Three trial court orders have called for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to end three-days-per-month furloughs of state workers who are not paid with general-fund money. Schwarzenegger implemented the furloughs last year as one way to handle the state’s ongoing budget crisis.

The affected workers include state employees represented by three labor unions: Service Employees International Union Local 1000; California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges, and Hearing Officers in State Employment; and Union of American Dentists and Physicians.

According to Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch, whose court coordinated the decisions, Schwarzenegger abused his discretion when he issued two executive orders establishing the furloughs.

He ruled that Schwarzenegger failed to consider the varying needs of individual state agencies when he created the blanket furloughs of all state workers, in violation of the state Government Code.

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