Daniel Cassidy Celebrates Fifty Years of Practicing Law

Daniel Cassidy Celebrates Fifty Years of Practicing Law

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore would like to congratulate Daniel C. Cassidy on celebrating fifty years of practicing law.  Dan, a founding partner of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, is among the most experienced and accomplished practitioners in the fields of public sector labor relations, negotiations and employment law.

Aug 8, 2019 Fire Watch

CalPERS Could Not Reinstate Previously Terminated Employee To A Higher Classification

Clare Byrd worked as an Administrative Analyst/Specialist at San Diego State University (“SDSU”), which is part of the California State University (“CSU”) system. In December 2014, after 14 years of employment, SDSU dismissed Byrd. Byrd subsequently filed a retirement application with CalPERS, and CalPERS accepted her application.

Aug 8, 2019 Fire Watch

Transit Authority Unreasonably Rejected Union’s Proposed Bus Advertisements

The Spokane Transit Authority (“STA”) generates revenue through ads on its buses. After receiving complaints about the content of a number of ads on its buses, STA adopted its Commercial Advertising Policy (“Ad Policy”).  STA only permits two types of ads under its Ad Policy: “commercial and promotional advertising” and “public service announcements.” Further, the Ad Policy expressly prohibits “public issue” advertising, which is defined as advertising “expressing or advocating an opinion, position, or viewpoint on matters of public debate about economic, political, religious or social issues.”

Aug 8, 2019 Fire Watch

Governor Signs Budget Bill Into Law Increasing Paid Family Leave To Eight Weeks

On June 27, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law the State Budget and accompanying budget trailer bills. One of those bills, Senate Bill No. 83 (“SB 83”) amends Unemployment Insurance Code section 3301 regarding the Paid Family Leave program that is administered by the Employment Development Department. Specifically, SB 83 increases the maximum length of the paid family leaves benefits from 6 to 8 weeks, effective July 1, 2020. SB 83 also notes that the Governor will create a task force to develop a proposal to increase paid family leave duration to a full six months by 2021-2022. The bill indicates the Office of the Governor will present the task force findings and observations to the Legislature by November 2019. 

Aug 8, 2019 Briefing Room

PERB Can Decide Cases Brought By Employee Organizations That Represent PC 830.1 Peace Officers

At issue in this case was whether:  1)  the Public Employment Relations Board (“PERB”) has jurisdiction to decide claims brought by employee organizations that represent “peace officers” as that term is defined in Penal Code 830.1; and 2)  Orange County was obligated to bargain changes to an ordinance creating an Office of Independent Review (“OIR”) that advised the Sheriff-Coroner on certain in-custody incidents and complaints against law enforcement personnel.  PERB held for the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs on the jurisdictional issue, and for the County on the merits. 

Aug 8, 2019 Briefing Room

Governor Signs Budget Bill Clarifying Public Access To Body Camera Videos

On June 27, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senate Bill No. 94 (“SB 94”).  SB 94 contains clean-up language for recent changes to Government Code section 6254 regarding the California Public Records Act (“PRA”).  As a budget trailer bill, SB 94 took effect immediately upon the Governor signing the bill into law.

Aug 8, 2019 Briefing Room

Trial Court Erred By Dismissing Deputy District Attorney’s Disability Discrimination and Whistleblower Claims

Christopher Ross worked for the County of Riverside (“County”) as a deputy district attorney. In 2011, the County assigned Ross a murder case in which Ross believed the accused person was innocent. Ross emailed his supervisors twice indicating that he did not believe the County could prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt, and recommending that the dismissal of the case.