Daniel Cassidy Celebrates Fifty Years of Practicing Law

Daniel Cassidy Celebrates Fifty Years of Practicing Law

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore would like to congratulate Daniel C. Cassidy on celebrating fifty years of practicing law.  Dan, a founding partner of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, is among the most experienced and accomplished practitioners in the fields of public sector labor relations, negotiations and employment law.

Feb 10, 2020 Blog Posts

The ABC’s of CBD: What Employers Need to Know

With the legalization and decriminalization of hemp in 2018 by the 2018 Farm Bill, we are seeing an explosion of CBD products in markets all across the U.S. You can buy CBD lotions, oils, tinctures, vapes, and even CBD-laced foods. (Although there is a bill in place to ban CBD-laced food and beverages.) CBD (short for cannabidiol) is one of many cannabinoids, or molecules produced by the cannabis plant. Unlike its infamous sibling THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD does not have psychoactive effects that cause the “high” associated with cannabis. Advertised as wellness products, CBD products claim to naturally cure anxiety, pain, depression, high blood pressure, spasms, acne, and schizophrenia, and even stave off diabetes. (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cbd-oil-benefits#section6.) (This article makes no comment on the validity of these health claims.) Given that these products are sold everywhere from CVS to your local supermarket, they are presumably legal, but are all CBD products legal? And can they affect the results of a drug test? It turns out the answer isn’t a simple “yes” or “no.”

Feb 5, 2020 Blog Posts

Responding to the Coronavirus

In this Special Bulletin, we address how to respond to potential employment issues arising from the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (“Coronavirus”) and we recommend steps to limit the impact of the Coronavirus in the workplace.

Feb 5, 2020 Briefing Room

LCW Associate Attorney Danny Yoo represented a city in a grievance arbitration that resulted in a denial of a police officer’s grievance.

LCW Associate Attorney Danny Yoo represented a city in a grievance arbitration that resulted in a denial of a police officer’s grievance.

Feb 5, 2020 Briefing Room

Sheriff’s Department Lawfully Terminated Probationary Deputy Sheriff

In January 2015, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department hired David Amezcua as a Deputy Sheriff Generalist.  The Department placed him on a 12-month probationary period pursuant to the County’s Civil Service Rules.  Under those rules, the probationary period cannot be less than six months nor more than 12 months.  However, the rules also provide that if an employee is absent during the probationary period, the appointing power can calculate the probationary period on the basis of actual service, exclusive of the time away.  Determining when the probationary period ends is important because an employee on probation can be terminated without a hearing, but a permanent employee cannot.

Feb 5, 2020 Briefing Room

School District Lawfully Limited Communications With Parent

L.F. is the divorced father of two daughters who attended school within the Lake Washington School District in Washington State. L.F. believed his daughters had anxiety and behavioral disorders that adversely affected their educational performance. He had a number of disagreements with District staff regarding the best ways to address these issues and what he saw as discrimination against him as a divorced father.

Feb 5, 2020 Briefing Room

Officer Who Sued Without Good Faith Or Reasonable Cause Must Pay City’s Fees

Michael Marciano joined the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in 2008.  In 2014 and 2015, Marciano was a patrol officer in LAPD’s North Hollywood Division.  One of Marciano’s regular patrol partners was Andrew Cota.