To ensure that the compensation it provides its executives is reasonable, the State Bar should revise its policy for housing allowances and relocation expenses to align with the requirements in the state law that are applicable to managerial employees.
The Board adopted a revised policy per this recommendation at its January 2017 meeting.
The State Bar provided a copy of its new policy, which states that "The guidelines used for the interim housing allowance will be the same as those applied by the State of California under the California Code of Regulations." Although the State Bar's policy does not give the same level of detail found within CalHR's policy, if the State Bar's policies are implemented as intended, it would fully address the recommendation.
The State Bar explained that it intends to implement the entirety of the recommendation, but has not revised the Executive Rules to date.
Per the State Bar's response, its implementation of this recommendation is currently pending.
Staff has completed research with regard to housing allowances and reimbursement of relocation expenses for state employees. With respect to relocation expenses, staff is working with the Office of the General Counsel to incorporate in to Executive Rules. With respect to housing allowances, no applicable state provisions have been identified pursuant to staff research.
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