California Department of Transportation
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Clark Paulsen, Division Chief

Skelly Hearings

Reference: State Personnel Board Administrative Appeals

Adverse actions are formal disciplinary measures taken against State employees and include dismissals, suspensions, demotions, reductions in salary, disciplinary transfers and official reprimands. When a department takes adverse action against an employee, he or she has the right to respond to the department regarding the charges prior to the effective date of the action. An informal Skelly meeting is generally held at which the employee may present his or her response to the proposed adverse action.

Skelly hearings are generally scheduled where the employee lives and works. If the hearing is scheduled in another geographical location and the employee must travel to the hearing, Caltrans will reimburse the employee for travel expenses in accordance with the applicable travel regulations and rates. If the location of a Skelly hearing is for the convenience of the employee or the union, no travel expenses will be reimbursed.


Reimbursement Claims

For expenses related to Skelly hearings, the employee may request reimbursement by submitting a travel expense claim, Form FA0302. Reimbursement is limited to the amount an employee would receive for any other travel required by the State.

For additional information on reimbursement, see:

For additional information regarding travel expense claims, see Chapter 5, Travel Expense Claims.


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