The Personnel System Reform Act (PSRA) provides for collective bargaining of wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment with classified employees of state agencies and higher education institutions. Employees covered by the PSRA include all state civil service employees, unless an exemption applies. One such exemption is for confidential employees. Confidential employees include employees who assist assistant attorneys general (AAGs) who advise and represent managers or confidential employees in personnel or labor relations matters, or who advise or represent the state in tort actions. In 2019, the Legislature granted AAGs the right to collectively bargain under the PSRA.
The definition of "confidential employee" under the PSRA is amended to remove assistants to AAGs who advise and represent the state in tort actions. Therefore, those employees are not precluded from collectively bargaining under the PSRA.