Jul 16, 2019 Blog Posts
Looking for Alternatives to Cash-in-Lieu Benefits for Employees? New Health Reimbursement Arrangements Available for Current Employees, Starting in 2020

Looking for Alternatives to Cash-in-Lieu Benefits for Employees? New Health Reimbursement Arrangements Available for Current Employees, Starting in 2020

Jul 11, 2019 Business & Facilities

Requests And Inquiries Regarding Development Do Not Constitute A Current Or Imminent Threat Under Planning And Zoning Law In Order To Justify Enactment Of Urgency Ordinance

The City of Huntington Park is a small, densely populated working-class city in Los Angeles County.  The City has approximately 59,000 residents and twenty (20) schools, of which six (6) are charter schools. Huntington Park has more than twice the number of schools than are needed to serve the City’s school-age population. The high number of schools attracts students from outside the City, which contributes to traffic, parking, and noise problems in the neighborhoods where the schools are located.

Jul 10, 2019 Press Release

Daily Journal Recognizes Morin Jacob, Jesse Maddox and Geoffrey Sheldon as 2019 Top Labor & Employment Lawyers

We are proud to announce that the Daily Journal has named Liebert Cassidy Whitmore partners Morin Jacob, Jesse Maddox and Geoffrey Sheldon as Top Labor & Employment Lawyers for 2019. This annual list recognizes California’s top attorneys who have made significant contributions in labor and employment law.

Jul 8, 2019 Special Bulletins

California Workplace and School Nondiscrimination Laws Amended to Protect Traits Historically Associated With Race, Including Hair Texture, Braids, Locks, and Twists

On July 3, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill that extends California’s workplace and school discrimination protections to cover race-related traits, including hair.  SB-188 expands the definition of “race” under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the nondiscrimination provisions of the Education Code.  Effective January 1, 2020, “race” will include “traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles.”  The law further specifies that “protective hairstyles” “includes, but is not limited to, such hairstyles as braids, locks, and twists.”  This change in the law includes protection from such discrimination against employees and students.

Jul 1, 2019 Special Bulletins

PERB Rules Employer Has No Obligation To Provide Union Or Employee With Written Complaint Until After Initial Investigatory Interview

The Public Employment Relations Board (“PERB”) found that the Contra Costa Community College District (“District”) did not violate the Educational Employment Relations Act when it withheld copies of written discrimination complaints against two faculty members in advance of investigatory interviews. 

Jun 30, 2019 Private Education Matters

Trial Court Abused Discretion In Categorically Excluding All Evidence Of Inappropriate Conduct Not Involving Teacher’s Physical Contact With Students

D.Z. was a high school student in the Los Angeles Unified School District.  She alleged that when she was a student, teacher James Shelburne sexually abused her at school.  Specifically, D.Z. alleged that Shelburne touched her body multiple times over a few months, hugged her so tightly she could feel his genitals, offered her a ride home and reached under her clothes to touch her bare buttocks.  After these incidents, D.Z. reported Shelburne to the principal who told D.Z. that Shelburne was a good teacher and that it was probably just D.Z.  After similar incidents with Shelburne continued to occur, D.Z. made a second report to the principal.