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What Happens to Merit District Part-Time Playground Positions if AB 2160 Becomes Law?

Aug 29, 2018 | Legal Developments and News

Bill Status Update:  As expected, the Governor signed AB 2160.  The law becomes effective on January 1, 2019.  As provided in AB 2160, part-time playground employees at merit districts will become permanent classified employees as of the effective date of the new law, January 1, 2019.  Please plan accordingly.

We are closely monitoring California AB 2160, a pending bill that addresses the employment status of part-time playground positions in merit districts.

Currently, part-time playground employees in merit districts are excluded from the classified service.  If AB 2160 becomes law then part-time playground positions in merit districts would become part of the classified service. More significantly, as currently drafted, AB 2160 provides that part-time playground employees at merit districts would become permanent classified employees as of the effective date of the new law, which could be January 1, 2019.

In non-merit districts, AB 670 (effective January 1, 2018), included part-time playground employers as part of the classified service, but it did not provide for immediate permanent status as is proposed for merit district part-time playground employees in AB 2160.

Merit districts should consider (now) whether adjustments to the number of part-time playground positions/hours are warranted because if AB 2160 becomes law such employees will immediately become permanent classified employees.

If you have any questions regarding this pending bill, please contact a DWK Attorney.

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