“AWOL” Separation of CA State Civil Service Employees – dangerous reality or all-too convenient management tool?

“AWOL” Separation of State Civil Service Employees – dangerous reality or all-too convenient management tool? Anyone who has worked in a State para-military organization is familiar with the term “AWOL” or absent without leave.  But the reality is that this is not a matter that Learn More …

Is The Penalty Really Appropriate?

 People make mistakes.  In most cases, responsible adults are often willing to admit they’ve made a mistake and are capable of learning from it and moving forward.  While this may seem to be a simple notion of modern society, what happens when the person who Learn More …

Response to Adverse Comments in Personnel File

Response to Adverse Comments in Personnel File Disciplinary action can take many forms when it comes to public safety employees.  Sometimes it is not as heavy as a suspension without pay or a demotion.  Often correction may come in the form of a counseling memo Learn More …

Know your Audience: a Key to Skelly Success

Recently Sgt. Butler* received word that his rank as a correctional sergeant was being taken away and he was to be demoted to a correctional officer position. As anyone who has attained a supervisory rank knows, getting your stripes is generally a product of years Learn More …