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Lead Work vs. Supervision

What is HEERA and how does it define a "designated manager"?

Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA)

(HEERA) is California State law, which defines responsibilities of a manager. A HEERA manager is called many other names too: Administrators, MPP’s(Management Personnel Plan), or Non-bargaining Unit Administrators, yet they all mean the same.


An MPP defined is in Title 5 Article 2.2 of the California Code of Regulations and spells out employment rights, benefits and the conditions where employees are designated as "management" or "supervisory" who become HEERA managers.

  • HEERA gives MPP’s the authority to take employment actions such as to: hire, discipline, finalize performance evaluations, submit in-range/classifications, etc.
  • Managers retain the right to assign duties.

What is the difference between Lead Work Direction and Supervision?

The rights and responsibilities of managers/supervisors and work leads are different and examples are below

Work Lead Direction
  • Scheduling
  • Work Flow Planning
  • Assigning Work or Giving Directions
  • Monitoring Work
  • Training Employees
  • Orienting Employees
  • Providing input into Employee Selection (Hiring)
  • Providing input into Performance Evaluation
Managing / Supervision
  • All responsibilities listed under “Work Lead Direction”
  • Hire
  • Transfer
  • Suspend
  • Layoff
  • Recall
  • Promote
  • Discharge
  • Reward
  • Discipline
  • Adjust grievances, or effectively to recommend such action

Definitions noted in the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA) (California State Government Code 3580.3)

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