Labor Negotiations in 2017 – My Life at the Table

Labor Negotiations in 2017 – My Life at the Table

As 2017 comes to a close, it is a time of reflection for me since I have spent so much time this year in collective bargaining negotiations and in Board and Council meetings to discuss these negotiations.  It is an interesting time in our nation with a national economy that is humming along.  While California public agencies are benefitting with sources of revenue increasing, they are facing lots of challenges on the expenditure side of the balance sheet.  

Dec 15, 2017 Private Education

AB 500 – Requires K-12 Schools to Provide Copies of their Policies on Employee Interactions with Students to all Parents/Guardians of Enrolled Students

AB 500 requires local educational agencies and K-12 private schools that maintain policies on employee interactions with students in its employee code of conduct to, commencing July 1, 2018, provide a written copy of those policies to the parent or guardian of each enrolled student at the beginning of each school year.   AB 500 further requires that as of January 1, 2018, local educational agencies and K-12 private schools must post their policies on employee interactions with students, or provide a link to it, on each of its schools’ Internet websites, or, if a school of a local educational agency does not have its own Internet website, on the local educational agency’s Internet website, in a publicly accessible manner.   This bill does not require a private school to create an Internet website if it does not have one. 

Dec 15, 2017 Private Education

SB 233 – Provides a Foster Family Agency, Short-Term Residential Treatment Program, or Caregiver a Right of Access to Student Records

The Education Code provides parents of currently enrolled or former students with an absolute right of access to all student records that are maintained by school districts or private schools.  School districts and private schools are prohibited from permitting a third party access to student records unless written parental consent is provided or by a court order, unless as otherwise specified by state and federal law.  Foster family agencies with jurisdiction over currently enrolled or former students currently do have access to records of grades and transcripts, and any individualized education plans.  SB 233 also permits foster family agencies to access current and recent records of attendance, discipline, online communication on platforms established by schools for students and parents, and any plan adopted pursuant to federal law.  

Dec 15, 2017 Private Education

AB 12 – Requires Expanded Support for Foster Youth Pursuing Higher Education

Existing law establishes the Student Aid Commission as the primary state agency for the administration of state-authorized student financial aid programs available to students attending all segments of postsecondary education. Existing law authorizes the commission to enter into an agreement with a public agency of a state other than California, or a private entity related to an agency of another state, to assist the other agency or entity in implementing financial aid programs, including assistance with processing grants, fellowships, and loans through the use of automated information systems.

Dec 15, 2017 Private Education

AB 450 – Prohibits Employers from Voluntarily Consenting to Inspections by Federal Immigration Agents

AB 450 places significant limitations on an employer’s ability to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and imposes fines for violating those limitations. The bill prohibits an employer from giving voluntary consent for an immigration enforcement agent to enter nonpublic areas of the workplace, except as required by federal law or a judicial warrant. AB 450 also prohibits an employer from giving voluntary consent for an immigration enforcement agent to access, review, or obtain employee records, except as required by federal law or a subpoena or court order. 

Dec 15, 2017 Private Education

SB 63 – Requires More Employers to Provide Unpaid Parental Leave

Current law, under the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”), requires employers with at least 50 employees to provide unpaid leave for baby bonding purposes.  SB 63 requires private employers with 20 or more employees within a 75-mile radius, and all public employers, to allow an employee who has worked at least 1,250 hours in the prior 12 months to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave to bond with a new child. The bill further requires the employer to maintain medical coverage for any employee on unpaid parental leave. And when both parents work for the same employer, the employer may allow both parents’ leave to run concurrently.

Dec 15, 2017 Private Education

SB 396 –Anti-Harassment Training and Postings Must Include Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Sexual Orientation

Existing law requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide supervisors with at least two hours of training every two years on prevention of sexual harassment and abusive conduct (commonly referred to as “AB 1825 Supervisor Harassment training”). SB 396 requires such training to include harassment based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. The bill also requires employers to post a poster from the DFEH on transgender rights, and adds “transgender and gender nonconforming individuals” to the Unemployment Insurance Code’s definition of “individual with employment barriers.”