California’s Supreme Court dived into the growing pool of state worker furlough litigation Thursday when it reopened a challenge brought by attorneys employed by the State Compensation Insurance Fund.

In March, the 1st District ruled in CASE v. Schwarzenegger, 10 C.D.O.S. 3475, that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger did not have the authority to order 500 SCIF attorneys in 2009 to take two unpaid days each month because state law expressly protects the fund’s employees from “staff cutbacks.”

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