Permanent or probationary state employees may have a reasonable amount of time, during normal work hours, without loss of pay or leave credits for a state civil service examination or hiring interview. Employees are required to provide at least two days notice to their supervisor.

A “reasonable” amount of time is defined as the time scheduled (proven by written document) and travel time by the most expeditious mode of travel. Up to two hours of State time, including travel is permitted if documentation is unavailable.

Employees must report to work as soon as the interview ends in order to avoid charging the time in excess to leave credits or dock.

Refer to the applicable Memorandum of Understanding for additional information.

Posting Time in Project Accounting Leave (PAL)
Employees may post time used under the alias “EXAMS” for Civil Service exams and “INDIRECT” for hiring interviews. Both aliases should reflect task “4."


Responsible Control Agency

  • California Department of Human Resources
  • State Personnel Board

Laws and Regulations

  • Government Code section 19991


Classification and Pay Unit

Department of General Services
Office of Human Resources

707 3rd Street, 7th Floor
West Sacramento, CA 95605

Contact your assigned Classification and Pay Analyst.