The Human Resources Branch (HR) is comprised of four units; Personnel Office, Labor Relations Office, Recruitment, and Exams. Responsibilities include labor relations, classification and pay, payroll and benefits, workers' compensation, recruitment, and examinations.
The Human Resources Branch consists of the following:
The purpose of the Personnel Office is to administer classification and pay, payroll and benefits, return to work, and workers' compensation.
The goal of the Labor Relations Office is to ensure a balanced, positive relationship between management and the workforce, and to provide and assist with contract interpretations, meet with labor organizations and respond to grievances.
The purpose of Recruitment and Exams is to ensure qualified candidate pools from which to fill vacancies.
Approximately 900+ employees in bargaining units 1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, & excluded
Full-time, and part-time
Retired annuitants, student assistants, and volunteers
Cal OES Examinations and Vacancy Bulletins
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Frequently Asked Questions
As an employee of the State of California, you may be eligible for many benefits.
NOTE: UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, THE BENEFITS OUTLINED BELOW APPLY TO PERMANENT FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES.
Examination bulletins may include the following:
Types of Examinations:
Open Examinations -- Open to anyone who meets the minimum qualifications.
Promotional Examinations --These examinations are limited to state employees with permanent status, and include classes up to designated supervisory positions. Additionally, some examinations are administered for a single department. In those cases, the examination may be limited to employees who have permanent civil service appointments with a specific agency, which is named in the bulletin.
Open Non-Promotional -- Open to anyone who meets the minimum qualifications. State employees who are successful in the exam get 3 career credit points.
Continuous Testing -- Competition is open to all interested applicants. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis.
Minimum Qualifications -- Similar to prerequisites in course work, the Minimum Qualifications outline the minimum amount of specific education and/or experience that a candidate must possess to be admitted to the examination.
Examination Information -- The Examination Information section of the bulletin describes the type of test to be used. In some cases, two or more types of tests will be combined to determine the final score. For example, it is very common to combine a written test with an interview panel, in which case, the bulletin will show the weighting of each part of the exam. The most common types of tests are:
Written -- This consists of multiple choice questions; but may also include essay questions.
Interview Panel -- This is a scored interview conducted by a panel including a Chairperson representing the State Personnel Board who assures State requirements are maintained during the interview, and subject matter experts who evaluate the answers provided by the candidate.
Performance Test -- This test requires the candidate to replicate certain duties actually performed on the job.
Education and Experience Evaluation -- This method simply compares the candidates' education and experience as reflected on the application, against a pre-set rating standard. No other test is required.
If you have additional questions regarding terms and conditions of exams described in bulletins, you may contact us at (916) 845-8321.