Jun 14, 2018 Business & Facilities

Government Code Sec. 1090’s Prohibition On Conflicts Of Interest In The Making Of Public Contracts Applies To Independent Contractors

Karen Christiansen was employed as Director of Planning and Facilities for the Beverly Hills Unified School District. In 2006, Christiansen lobbied District officials to change her position from an employee to an independent consultant and entered into a new three-year contract with the District, which terminated her status as an employee.  Subsequently, Christiansen formed Strategic Concepts, LLC, of which she was the sole owner.Karen Christiansen was employed as Director of Planning and Facilities for the Beverly Hills Unified School District. In 2006, Christiansen lobbied District officials to change her position from an employee to an independent consultant and entered into a new three-year contract with the District, which terminated her status as an employee.  Subsequently, Christiansen formed Strategic Concepts, LLC, of which she was the sole owner.

 

Jun 14, 2018 Tips from the Table
Negotiating Personnel Rules

Negotiating Personnel Rules

Jun 11, 2018 Client Update

LCW Ranked A Best Law Firm for Women Attorneys

In a national survey of law firms of comparable size, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore ranked as the third-best law firm for women.  The survey, conducted by Law360, indicates that LCW is one of few law firms nationwide with an above average representation of women attorneys, including at its top management tiers.  LCW is proud to be recognized as an industry “ceiling smasher” and sincerely thanks its women attorneys for the excellent contributions they make every day to both LCW and the legal profession.

Jun 11, 2018 Client Update

California Supreme Court Adopts “ABC Test” for Independent Contractor Status

The California Supreme Court established a new, worker friendly test to determine whether a person should be classified as an independent contractor or employee.  This test applies to California’s Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) Wage Orders which regulate wages, hours, and working conditions.

Jun 11, 2018 Client Update

Preparing for U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus Decision on Fair Share Fees

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue a long-awaited decision in Janus v. AFSCME this month.  The case will decide whether public sector bargaining unit employees can be required to pay “service” or “fair share” service fees under an agency shop arrangement as a condition of their continued employment.  While we wait for the Court to decide Janus, there are some proactive steps agencies can take to prepare for a potential decision that invalidates an agency’s authority to deduct agency shop service fees from employee wages.

Jun 11, 2018 Client Update

Deducting Leave of Absence from Employee’s Probationary Period, or Extending Probationary Period, May be Reasonable Accommodations

A Court of Appeal decision found that if a classified probationary community college employee takes a leave of absence due to a disability, the employer may be obligated to extend the employee’s probationary period, or deduct the leave period from the probationary period, if doing so constitutes a reasonable accommodation.