Six Statutes for the New Year

Six Statutes for the New Year

As 2017 kicks off, employers should be aware that a number of new state-wide laws and local ordinances begin taking effect.  In this blog, we highlight just a few that California’s public employers should now be implementing.

Jan 11, 2017 Tips from the Table
Developing Your Influencing Skills

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Jan 9, 2017 Published Articles
Yes, these are real cases involving real people!

Yes, these are real cases involving real people!

Jan 6, 2017 Client Update

Employee Who Claims Retaliation Based on Opposition to Employer Actions Must Establish a Reasonable Basis in Law to Support His or Her Belief that the Employer Acted Unlawfully

David Dinslage worked in the City of San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department to provide programs designed solely for members of the public with disabilities. The Department later concluded that segregating its recreation programing failed to give patrons with disabilities access to all of the programs it provided to the general public. The Department began to restructure its programs to focus on inclusion of all patrons, including those who are disabled.  Dinslage disagreed with the programmatic changes and refused to implement them. The Department documented his refusal in his annual performance evaluation and rated him as not meeting performance objectives.

Jan 6, 2017 Client Update

An Employer Must Meet and Consult Before Placing a Binding Arbitration Measure On A Ballot

The Court of Appeal recently decided that the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (MMBA) requires a charter city to meet and consult in response to a union’s request before its city council places a measure on the ballot to repeal a binding arbitration provision in the city’s charter.

Jan 6, 2017 Client Update

In Depth Analysis: Public Agency Attorney Who Served as Advocate and Advisor in the Same Administrative Matter May Also Advise on Subsequent Litigation

In 2004, Drakes Bay Oyster Company (Company) purchased and took over a private company’s oyster operations located on a site owned by the US government in Drakes Estero at Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County. The Company operated the facility under an agreement with the federal government. 

Jan 6, 2017 Client Update

Employee’s Failure to Appear for State Personnel Board Hearing Warranted Dismissal

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (Department) terminated Kevyn Thaxton, a corrections officer, and three other correctional officers for dishonesty and other misconduct. Thaxton appealed to the State Personnel Board (Board). The Board scheduled an evidentiary hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Prior to the hearing, Thaxton and the Board identified Thaxton as a witness.