Feb 14, 2018 Fire Watch

Sixth Circuit Grants Summary Judgment for City on Claims of Interference with FMLA Rights

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit dismissed a City Manager’s lawsuit alleging the City of Belding, Michigan terminated her in violation of her right to take leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The Court found that the City Manager’s evidence was inadequate to show she was terminated because she took FMLA leave, and that the City provided evidence of a legitimate, non-discriminatory reason for the termination, which the City Manager did not disprove.

 

Feb 14, 2018 Fire Watch

AB 579 – Creates Statewide Firefighter Pre-Apprentice Program

AB 579 requires the Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Apprenticeship Standards and the California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (CAL-JAC) to develop a statewide firefighter pre-apprenticeship program to recruit candidates from underrepresented groups. CAL-JAC will deliver the pilot classes for the program using existing facilities and training models. CAL-JAC will then provide the program model to fire protection agencies, which can then use the model to establish local pre-apprenticeship programs. AB 579 was an urgency bill that took effect on September 28, 2017.

Feb 14, 2018 Fire Watch

AB 1309 – Allows CalPERS to Assess Fees for Failing to Promptly Enroll Retired Annuitants and Report their Pay and Hours

The Public Employees’ Retirement Law allows a person receiving pension benefits from the California Public Employees Retirement System to work for an employer in the system provided certain conditions are met. AB 1309 allows CalPERS to assess a $200 fee per retired member per month when an employer:

Feb 14, 2018 Fire Watch

AB 450 – Prohibits Employers from Voluntarily Consenting to Inspections by Federal Immigration Agents

AB 450 places significant limitations on an employer’s ability to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and imposes fines for violating those limitations. The bill prohibits an employer from giving voluntary consent for an immigration enforcement agent to enter nonpublic areas of the workplace, except as required by federal law or a judicial warrant. AB 450 also prohibits an employer from giving voluntary consent for an immigration enforcement agent to access, review, or obtain employee records, except as required by federal law or a subpoena or court order. 

Feb 14, 2018 Fire Watch

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AB 168 is another effort by the California Legislature to address gender-based pay inequities. According to the bill’s sponsors, females are more likely to have a lower starting salary in their first job than males, and also are more likely to take extended time off from work during their career. The pay inequity that results from these conditions is perpetuated, said the bill’s sponsors, by basing hiring and compensation decisions on an applicant’s prior salary.

Feb 14, 2018 Fire Watch

CalPERS Raises Compensation Caps for 2018

CalPERS has updated compensation limits for employer and employee contributions.