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.

Jul 2, 2020 Education Matters

Trial Court Improperly Applied Local Market Rate When Calculating Fee Award

Augustine Caldera is a prison correctional officer at the California State Institute for Men in San Bernardino County.  After Caldera’s supervisor and other prison employees mocked and mimicked Caldera’s stutter, Caldera filed a formal grievance with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) in 2008.  The CDCR rejected Caldera’s grievance finding that his stutter was not a recognized disability.

Jul 2, 2020

Did You Know….?

Whether you are looking to impress your colleagues or just want to learn more about the law, LCW has your back! Use and share these fun legal facts about various topics in labor and employment law.

Jul 2, 2020 Education Matters

Consortium Call of the Month

Members of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore’s employment relations consortiums may speak directly to an LCW attorney free of charge regarding questions that are not related to ongoing legal matters that LCW is handling for the agency, or that do not require in-depth research, document review, or written opinions.  Consortium call questions run the gamut of topics, from leaves of absence to employment applications, disciplinary concerns to disability accommodations, labor relations issues and more.  This feature describes an interesting consortium call and LCW answered the question.  We will protect the confidentiality of client communications with LCW attorneys by changing or omitting details.

Jul 2, 2020 Education Matters

New Options to Increase Flexibility for Section 125 Cafeteria Plan Benefits

In response to COVID-19, a new IRS notice allows employers to amend their IRC Section 125 cafeteria plan to provide employees with increased flexibility for the remainder of 2020.  The Notice loosens restrictions on mid-year election changes for employer-sponsored health coverage and extends deadlines for applying unused funds under a Health Flexible Spending Arrangement (Health FSA) or Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP).  Employers looking to incorporate either option into their plan must adopt a plan amendment.

Jul 2, 2020 Education Matters

Temporary Extension Of COBRA And Special Enrollment Periods

Guidance from the Department of Labor and the IRS extends certain COBRA and special enrollment periods due to the Coronavirus National Emergency.  The extensions correspond to a coronavirus “Outbreak Period” from March 1, 2020 until 60 days after the end of the Coronavirus National Emergency or such other date announced in future guidance. 

Jul 1, 2020 Special Bulletins

U.S. Department of Education Issues Regulations Regarding the Provision of Equitable Services to Students and Teachers in Non-Public Schools Under The CARES Act

We recently reported that on April 30, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education (“DOE”) issued non-binding guidance regarding the provision of equitable services to non-public school students and teachers under two grant programs established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”).  These two programs are the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (“GEER”) Fund and the Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief (“ESSER”) Fund.