Timelines, FAQs available on Layoff Resources page

By Staff | OPEC
The Wave 2 Layoff process is under way for CDCR employees. The layoffs are a result of the reduced inmate population under Public Safety Realignment.

The Office of Resource Planning has divided Wave 2 into two segments – Peace Officer and Non-Peace Officer – and each segment has two components. The first component for Peace Officers is the Statewide Bid (SWB) process. For Non-Peace Officers, it is the Voluntary Transfer Process (VTP).
The second component for each segment is the layoff or State Restriction of Appointments (SROA) process, which will be run concurrently. A timeline for each segment will be posted on the Layoff Resources page, https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/layoffresources/index.html.
Also being posted will be an Over/Under report for each segment. The reports list by location the number of planned reductions, the number of vacancies, and the number of impacted employees. 

Obviously, if the number of planned reductions in a classification is less than the number of vacancies in that category, then no employees in the classification at that location will be impacted by the layoffs. If, however, there are more planned reductions than vacancies in a Non-Peace Officer classification, then employees in each affected classification will be notified in a 4:1 ratio – four employees notified for each planned reduction.
In Peace Officer classifications, all employees with 15 years or less service will be notified that they could be impacted. 

Other Wave 2 postings on the Layoff Resources page will include:

  • Employee seniority scores;
  • Sample Statewide Bid process letters for Peace Officers;
  • Sample Voluntary Transfer process letters for Non-Peace Officers explaining the VTP will be posted when the process is opened to them.
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – a set for Peace Officers (link) and a set for Non-Peace Officers (link); and
  • Links to the Department of Personnel Administration’s layoff manual and the State Restriction of Appointments (SROA) manual.

Despite the information provided, the process may seem overwhelming. The Office of Resource Planning notes that help is available through the Customer Service Unit at (877) 297-5599 which operates 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and voicemail messages can be left any time.  Or questions can be sent to the CDCR ORP Help Desk Email.

An additional resource available is the Office of Employee Wellness. This process can be very stressful as you consider available options and make decisions that can affect your professional and personal life. OEW offers several sources of assistance.