What is a Merit System?
A Merit System is defined as the manner of hiring and promoting government employees that emphasizes their ability, education, experience, and job performance rather than their connections or other political factors -- one in which human resources activities are governed by uniform and impersonal policies and procedures. Federal legislation established the following six merit principles that apply to those state and local governments that are required to operate merit personnel systems as a condition of eligibility for Federal assistance or participation in an intergovernmental program.
The State of California added to these six principles and developed the Local Agency Personnel Standards (LAPS) to implement Government Code Sections 19800 -19810. Of the 58 California counties, 29 are Approved Local Merit Systems (ALMS). These counties meet the requirements set forth in LAPS Chapter 1 in order to qualify for certain state and federally funded programs. MSS periodically reviews the personnel practices of the ALMS counties to ensure they are in compliance with LAPS. The remaining 29 counties comprise the Interagency Merit Systems (IMS) and MSS works with these counties on a daily basis in interpreting, and applying the standards (LAPS Chapters 1 and 2) to ensure compliance with state and federal rules and regulations.
What is Merit System Services (MSS)?
Pursuant to California Government Code Section 19800 – 19810, the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that counties that receive federal funds for programs within their Social Services and Child Support Services departments adhere to the federal merit principles. The CalHR has contracted with CPS HR Consulting to provide the services that meet the federal mandates. “MSS” refers to the contract program within CPS HR Consulting that provides the requisite services to counties.
What MSS Covers:
What MSS Does Not Cover: