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August 25, 2022

The 2.5 Overtime Rate for OMH and OPW eligible employees has been extended through November of 2022.

June 6, 2022

The State has ended the weekly testing requirement for unvaccinated employees on June 7th.  However, for those employees covered by the Section 16 Order (Hospitals, nursing homes and other medical settings), testing may continue for those unvaccinated with a medical exemption.  Please check with your HR department in those settings.

April 25, 2022

Executive Branch employees, please be advised that the testing requirement remains in effect and all unvaccinated employees should continue to test weekly.  However, there is now one less vendor participating in the program.  The Office of Employee Relations for NYS has provided the following revised guidance as of April 25, 2022.  If you have any questions, please contact the State Operations Department.

Revised guidance as of April 25, 2022

February 18, 2022

The Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER) has recently advised that employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days will no longer be required to submit to weekly testing under the State’s weekly testing program until 90 days have passed from the date of your positive test.

It is important to remember that, while you are not required to submit weekly tests for work, anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and contact the Covid Hotline at (888) 264-3065 immediately for information regarding future testing, even if you previously tested positive.

January 11, 2022

Memorandum of Agreement on Overtime for OMH

December 22, 2021

New! Updates for State employees who participate in the Flexible Spending Accounts

We are pleased to announce that the State has agreed to two important updates to the Flexible Spending Accounts which help reduce potential forfeitures. The State has agreed to provide a carryover and extension to utilize funds;

  • Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) Carryover for Plan Year 2021 Employees will now be able to use up to $550 of monies remaining in their 2021 Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) towards eligible expenses incurred during the 2022 calendar year. Employees must be enrolled as of December 31, 2021, for carryover to occur. The last day to submit claims is March 31, 2023.
  • Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAA) Grace Period Extended The grace period for the 2020 Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAA) plan year has been extended. The 2020 plan year now covers expenses incurred between January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2021. Employees may seek reimbursement for children who turned 13 during the 2020 plan year. The last day to submit DCAA claims is January 31, 2022, for expenses incurred January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021 from 2020 DCAAs.

Participants can discuss these updates or check their 2021 balances under the HCSA or DCAA by calling WageWorks/Health Equity at 800-358-7202 e-mailing

Wage Works/Health Equity will be notifying participants directly. The HCSA carryover is available now and participants will see the carryover when they log into their FSA account. The DCAA modification will be available online in the next few days.

December 3, 2021

UPDATED NYS COVID Testing Guidance for Unvaccinated Employees

October 15, 2021

UPDATED NYS COVID Testing Guidance for Unvaccinated Employees

October 13, 2021

NYS COVID Testing Guidance for Unvaccinated Employees

Website for NYS Employees to submit proof of vaccination

Website for NYS Employees to submit COVID test results

Website for NYS Employees to register for COVID testing (Quest or at-home kits)

October 13, 2021

2021 Over40 II Cashout Memo

2021 Over40 II Cashout Form

October 5, 2021

NYS Vaccine-Or-Test Memo

August 4, 2021

State Employees who Park in Downtown Albany

June 18, 2021

Read GOER’s memo on increased office presence

Read GOER’s revised state agency guidance

April 1, 2021

The Statewide Telecommuting Agreement has been extended through July 2, 2021. The Agreement originally signed in March of 2020 has been extended by agreement of CSEA and New York State to address the COVID 19 pandemic. This Agreement does not require all employees of State agencies to telecommute, but does allow any agency to begin or continue a telecommuting program without individual negotiation with the Union.

March 18, 2021

Civil Service Bulletin explaining Up to 4 hours leave provided for COVID Vaccinations for State Government Employees.

January 28, 2021

CSEA and New York State have a Memorandum of Agreement designating Juneteenth as an additional holiday for all State Executive Branch members.

Read the full MOA here.

December 23, 2020

The Statewide Telecommuting Agreement has been extended again, this time until April 2, 2021.  The Agreement originally signed in March of 2020 has been extended by agreement of CSEA and New York State during 2020 to address the COVID 19 pandemic.  This Agreement does not require all employees of State agencies to telecommute, but does allow any agency to begin or continue a telecommuting program without individual negotiation with the Union.

December 17, 2020

Please note: if you do not work in one of the counties listed please disregard this notice!

GOER has issued notice that due to inclement weather conditions, non-essential State employees whose work is in Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Washington, Tioga, Broome, Chenango, Otsego, Schoharie, Delaware, Ulster, Greene, Columbia, Dutchess, Orange and Sullivan counties, do not have to report to work today,  December 17, 2020. Such non-essential employees do not need to charge this absence to leaveaccruals. Staff who are able to telecommute are expected to do so.

Facility Executive Team members, security, medical, snow removal and food service personnel, and Department peace officers have been deemed essential staff. Other determinations as to who is to be essential will be made by the facility Superintendent, Regional Director or Division Head.

December 1, 2020

CSEA and the state have agreed to extend the cap on vacation leave accruals through 12/31/2020.

  • Unused vacation credits subject to the initial March 11, 2020 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) may now be carried by employees through 12/31/21.
  • Unused vacation credits that would otherwise expire on April 1, 2021 may be carried by employees through 12/31/21
  • Any vacation credits earned after 4/1/21 are not impacted
  • Should the parties mutually agree to further extend the deadline for forfeiture of excess vacation credits beyond December 31, 2021 nothing herein shall prohibit such agreement.  Any such agreement must be made in writing and finalized prior to December 31, 2021.

Read the memorandum of understanding here.

November 3, 2020

Please see the attached documents related to attendance and leave policies and policy bulletins regarding changes due to COVID-19.

Administration of Civil Service Attendance and Leave Policy Bulletins

Policy Bulletin 2020-01

Policy Bulletin 2020-04

Policy Bulletin 2020-05


October 2, 2020

CSEA and New York State have reached an extension of the statewide agreement on telecommuting for state workers. Our previous agreement has been extended through January 1, 2021. This agreement does not mandate telecommuting, but allows it to occur as determined by each agency.

Read the original agreement here.

September 25, 2020

CSEA/SUNY Memorandum of Understanding regarding COVID-19 Testing

October 2020 Payroll Bulletin

The State Comptroller’s Office has issued a bulleting regarding payment of Longevity Bonuses in October 2020.  Read the full bulletin.

New Information – July 21, 2020


In addition to these, more information can be found at

Reporting to the CSEA Legal Department, State Operations negotiates and administers the collective bargaining agreements for the State Executive Branch (ASU, ISU, OSU, DMNA), the Unified Court System and the NYS Canal Corporation.

State Operations includes responsibility for statewide labor/management meetings, trouble-shooting with agencies on a variety of topics, and processing contract, non-contract, and time and attendance disciplinary grievances at the statewide level.

Additionally, State Operations handles improper practice charges with PERB on agency-wide issues, oversees the Joint Committee on Education and Training (The Partnership), Work Life Services (EAP and Family Benefits), Career Mobility Office, Safety and Health (along with CSEA’s OSH Department), Workers’ Compensation, Article 46 Committee and Temporary/ Seasonal Employees.

If you have a question regarding your contract or a work related issue, please contact your local representatives as your first resort.  If you are unable to contact your local representatives, please contact the State Operations Department.

Current Issues impacting State Employees:

Making changes to end mandatory overtime nightmare for OPWDD workers

To all the OPWDD workers out there – thank you for what you do! Your caring, strength, and perseverance means so much to those we serve.

Many of you have shared with our union your frustration and concerns with the working conditions in OPWDD, especially with the massive overtime being mandated. Let me assure you, you are being heard.

Our union has been working at the highest levels with the state to address these issues across the state and come up with creative solutions to get more staff hired as quickly as possible. We are expecting progress in the very near future.

We know you deserve time with your family and none of us should have to sacrifice our lives just because we care. Just as we successfully fought for and WON double time for mandated OT over 16 hours, we will continue to fight for better working conditions.

Read more in the CSEA Work Force.


Working to reduce DMV staffing problems resulting from Green Light Law and Federal REAL ID changes

CSEA has been working with state leaders to sort out the staffing issues that resulted from the influx of new applicants for drivers licenses as a result of the new Federal REAL ID standards as well as New York’s Green Light Law. We have heard the concerns from members forced into mandatory overtime situations and extended weekend shifts, and continue to push for relief.

Continuing to seek solutions to limit Child Protective Services caseloads

CSEA has fought for years to pass meaningful legislation that will limit the caseloads for Child Protective Workers to better serve the children under their care. CSEA will once again be supporting caseload limit legislation in the current legislative session.

Gaining a safety win for DMV Motor Vehicle License Examiners

CSEA recently was successful in gaining a win for Motor Vehicle License Examiners (MVLE’s) who previously had to deliver potentially upsetting news to people taking their road tests in the closed quarters of their vehicles. This had led to several injuries and threatening situations for DMV workers. Thanks to our CSEA members demanding action, the state has agreed to allow notification to occur outside the vehicles, removing the hazard to workers. Read the story in the CSEA Work Force.