Jan 11, 2018 Blog Posts
Trouble-Shooting the Hiring Process for a Public Agency

Trouble-Shooting the Hiring Process for a Public Agency

Jan 11, 2018 Business & Facilities

AB 618 – Authorizes Job Order Contracting for Community College Districts

This bill authorizes community college districts to enter into job order contracts, an alternative construction contracting method currently available to school districts, until January 1, 2022.

Jan 10, 2018 Special Bulletins
California Court of Appeal Issues A Contrary Decision Addressing "Vested Rights" Of Public Employees in the Aftermath of PERPA: Where Will the Supreme Court Decision Land?

California Court of Appeal Issues A Contrary Decision Addressing "Vested Rights" Of Public Employees in the Aftermath of PERPA: Where Will the Supreme Court Decision Land?

Jan 5, 2018 Client Update

Paid Administrative Leave May Constitute Adverse Employment Action

The California Court of Appeal allowed an employee’s whistleblower retaliation claim to proceed with the theory that being placed on paid administrative leave constituted an adverse employment action.  

Jan 5, 2018 Client Update

Employer Reasonably Relied on Workplace Investigation When It Decided to Terminate Manager

The California Court of Appeal dismissed a lawsuit brought by a manager who claimed he was wrongfully terminated.  In Jameson v. PG&E, PG&E moved for summary judgment on the basis that it terminated Jameson for good cause.  It was PG&E’s burden to show it acted reasonably and in good faith after making an appropriate investigation into Jameson’s actions.    The appellate court affirmed that employers may defend against wrongful termination claims by showing that the termination decision was made in good faith after an appropriate investigation, and for reasons that are not arbitrary or pretextual.

Jan 5, 2018 Client Update

Pilot is Awarded Signing Bonus He Would Have Earned Had He Not Taken Military Leave

The Ninth Circuit federal appellate court confirmed that courts must consider an employee’s career trajectory (escalator principle), and what position the employee would have attained if not for taking leave for military service, in determining entitlement to employment benefits.