SACRAMENTO - On September 23, 2022, representatives from the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) and Association of Motor Vehicle Investigators of California (AMVIC) met with California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Investigations Chief Christina Michel and DMV Human Resources Branch representatives to discuss the new DMV Telework Policy.
Attending from CSLEA were AMVIC President Dr. Kenneth Ehrman and CSLEA Senior Legal Counsels Ryan Navarre and Jim Vitko.
With the understanding that DMV Investigators provide vital services in the field, CSLEA urged DMV to entertain all available telework opportunities for the Investigators when they would otherwise be performing office work. CSLEA emphasized that any hybrid telework options, including the current practice of occasional informal telework opportunities (when circumstances) allow for it, are vital to improve Investigator morale, recruitment, and retention. CSLEA also made the argument that telework opportunities can actually improve Investigator productivity by limiting travel time.
In addition to telework, CSLEA encouraged DMV to consider an additional alternate work week schedule of four 10-hour shifts per week. CSLEA believes that some Investigators may prefer the 4/10 schedule in order to reduce commute time/mileage and add an extra day off every two weeks.
“I made a point of explaining that the 4/10 schedule is consistent with what most of the other departments are allowing their Investigators the ability to select,” said AMVIC President Ehrman.
“DMV is taking our recommendations into consideration and we will let you know if we are notified of any changes to DMV’s current practices on Investigator telework and/or the offered alternate work week schedules,” said Navarre. “We appreciate their willingness to meet and confer and to being open to possible changes.”