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Clark Paulsen, Division Chief

25-Year Service and Retirement Awards

Reference: Government Code 19849.9, Department of Human Resources (CalHR) Employee Recognition Program

The 25-Year Service and Retirement Awards program was established by the Legislature to recognize State employees who have completed 25 years or more of State service. There are two types of awards - the Service Award and the Retirement Award. The Service Award recognizes employees who have completed 25-years of State service. The Retirement Award recognizes retiring employees who have completed 25-years or more of State service.

The entire award amount must be spent on one tangible item ordered through MTM Recognition. A certificate signed by the Director of Caltrans is automatically prepared when the employee has completed 300 months of State service.

State employees with questions about purchasing awards or their service and retirement award status should contact their Human Resources Office.

25-Year Service Award:

The appointing power may present a certificate, plaque, or other suitable memento (ordered from MTM Recognition) to State employees with 25-years of completed State service. The cost may not exceed $90. A certificate is provided with each 25-year award.

25-Year Retirement Award:

A retiring State employee with at least 25-years of service may receive a 25-year Retirement Award (ordered from MTM Recognition). Departments may make a presentation to a retiring employee who on the date of his or her retirement had completed 25 or more years of State Service. The cost may not exceed $90.



At the department’s discretion, employees may purchase a gift from the Non-Core gift website. The State of California will be responsible for the first $90 (plus the tax on $90). The employee is responsible for the balance. At the time of order, it is the employee's responsibility to pay anything above and beyond the $90, plus tax. No order will be officially placed until the employee’s portion is paid in full. The State’s portion of the payment will be standard State terms. Please contact the Order Placement Administrator for MTM Recognition at 1-800-443-4618 Ext. 2655 for further details.

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