1005 - Upward Mobility Program


Equal Employment Opportunity

Audience List

  • Agency Secretaries
  • Department Directors
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Officers
  • Examination Officers
  • Human Resources Chiefs
  • Recruitment Coordinators
  • Training Officers
  • Upward Mobility Coordinators
  • Workforce Development Coordinators


This policy provides requirements to ensure departments:

  • Have an effective Upward Mobility program for employees in low-paying occupational groups.
  • Develop and maintain a written Upward Mobility policy, plan, procedures and selection criteria.
  • Appoint an Upward Mobility Program Coordinator to implement the department’s Upward Mobility program.
  • Annually establish Upward Mobility goals.
  • Annually submit Upward Mobility efforts to CalHR on June 1 through the Workforce Analysis.


Mandated by Government Code section 19400, all state agencies are required to establish and maintain an effective Upward Mobility program for state employees in low-paying occupations. Upward Mobility is a planned development and advancement of employees in low-paying occupations, e.g., Office Assistant, Accounting Technician, Program Technician I/II/III, etc. to entry-level technical, professional and administrative classifications. The goal of the Upward Mobility program is to provide assistance to employees in those low-paying occupations who desire to advance into entry-level technical, professional, and administrative career paths.  It is not, as commonly thought, the promotion of employees through the ranks, from working level positions to supervisory and managerial provisions within the same occupations. 


Each state agency is responsible for implementing and establishing an effective Upward Mobility program as outlined in the California Department of Human Resources Guidelines for Administering Departmental Upward Mobility Programs.  The appointing power of each agency shall develop an Upward Mobility policy statement regarding the agency’s commitment to provide upward mobility opportunities for employees in low-paying occupations, develop an Upward Mobility plan, program procedures, selection criteria, and information on how employees may participate and access Upward Mobility program information.

In addition, each agency shall appoint an Upward Mobility Coordinator whose primary role is to assist employees with Upward Mobility plan development, establish departmental Upward Mobility goals, coordinate, monitor, and annually report on the department’s Upward Mobility program efforts to CalHR’s Office of Civil Rights on June 1st through the Workforce Analysis.


Not Applicable.




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Authorized By

Glenna Wheeler
Chief, Executive Office

Contact Person

Civil Rights
Staff Services Manager I , Office of Civil Rights
Phone: 916-324-0970
Fax: 916-327-2349
Email: civilrights@calhr.ca.gov

Superseded Policies

Not Applicable.


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Table of Contents

1000 - Equal Employment Opportunity

1100 - Selection

1200 - Appointments

1300 - Exempt Employees

1400 - Benefits and Insurance

1500 - Work Schedules

1600 - Third Party Pre-Tax Parking

1700 - Compensation

1800 - Savings Plus

1900 - Bona Fide Associations

2000 - Collective Bargaining

2100 - Leave

2200 - Travel/Relocation

2300 - State Owned Housing

2400 - Employee Recognition

2600 - Layoffs

2700 - Retirement

2800 - Training

2900 - Workforce Planning

3000 - Examination and Hiring

3100 - Drug-Free Workplace

3200 - Controlled Substance Abuse Testing Program