Legal Update Memo No. 09-2018 – Governor Brown Signs Bill Placing Part-Time Playground Positions in Classified Service (AB 2160) (CCD)

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The Governor signed Assembly Bill (“AB”) 2160 on September 18, 2018, which amends Education Code §§ 88003 and 88076[1] effective on January 1, 2019.

As mentioned in Legal Update 38-2017, AB 670 removed the exemption for part-time playground positions for K-12 districts not adopting a merit system.  Part-time playground positions for non-merit systems became part of the classified service and likely part of your classified unit on January 1, 2018.

AB 2160 removes the exemption for part-time playground positions for community college districts.  Therefore, effective on January 1, 2019, all part-time playground positions will be part of the classified service.

Please note: any employee employed by a community college district in a part-time playground position as of January 1, 2019, shall be automatically deemed a permanent employee[2] and, for community colleges that have adopted the merit system, without placement on an eligibility list under Education Code § 88091 or examination under Education Code § 88092.[3]

However, any individual hired after January 1, 2019, in a part-time playground position may be required to successfully complete the required probationary period, be placed on an eligibility list, and undergo examination as appropriate.

In order to address AB 2160’s mandate and approaching deadline, we recommend that community college districts contact the local classified exclusive representative and determine what impact(s) AB 2160 will have on existing employees based on the applicable collective bargaining agreement. Districts should also consider whether the impacts of AB 2160 can be addressed via a memorandum of understanding, or whether they will require a change to the collective bargaining agreement.

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Legal Update written by Carl D. Corbin, General Counsel.

The information in this Legal Update is provided as a summary of law and is not intended as legal advice.  Application of the law may vary depending on the particular facts and circumstances at issue.  We, therefore, recommend that you consult legal counsel to advise you on how the law applies to your specific situation.

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[2] Education Code § 88003(g).

[3] Education Code § 88076(g).