Aug 19, 2019 Blog Posts

Governor Newsom Signs Police Use-of-Force Bill AB 392

On Monday morning, August 19, 2019, Governor Newsom signed California Assembly Bill 392, a police use-of-force bill that redefines the circumstances under which the use of lethal force by a peace officer is considered justifiable. The law is intended to encourage law enforcement to increasingly rely on alternative methods such as less-lethal force or de-escalation techniques.

Aug 13, 2019 Blog Posts

Is this PERSable/Reportable? Reporting and Tracking Temporary Upgrade Pay, Out-of-Class Appointments, and Extra Duty Pays

Applying the different California Public Employees’ Retirement System (“CalPERS”) rules related to Temporary Upgrade Pay, out-of-class appointments, and non-reportable extra-duty pays can be unnerving.  For classic employees, compensation for appointments meeting the definition of Temporary Upgrade Pay are reportable to CalPERS and is included in pension benefits. 

Aug 9, 2019 Published Articles

Pocket Guide to the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights Act – 5th Edition

J. Scott Tiedemann, Managing Partner of LCW, is the author of the California Public Employee Relations (CPER)’s “Pocket Guide to the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights Act – 5th Edition.”

Aug 8, 2019 Fire Watch

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 Fire Watch

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.

Aug 8, 2019 Fire Watch

California Supreme Court Limits State Correctional Employees’ Claims For Additional Compensation

In these consolidated class action lawsuits, correctional employees sued the State of California and various departments of the State government for violations of wage and hour law. The correctional employees alleged that they were entitled to additional compensation for the time they spent in pre- and post-work activities. These activities included traveling between the outermost gate of the prison facility and the employees’ work posts within the facility; briefing at the beginning and end of each shift; checking in and out mandated safety equipment, and submitting to searches at various security checkpoints.