Alexander Volberding

Alexander Volberding Associate

Alexander (Alex) is an Associate in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore’s Los Angeles office where he provides assistance to clients in labor relations matters as well as employment law. Alex has a background in government and policy and provides clients advice and counsel on traditional labor relations issues, including collective bargaining, allegations of unfair practices, representation matters, and work stoppages.   

Alex represents clients before the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) and other employment relations boards on matters related to unfair labor practice and recognition petitions. He handles grievance arbitrations regarding public safety employees and employee organizations on matters such as job classifications and pay. Alex also provides clients advice on matters concerning bargaining obligations, impasse proceedings (including factfinding), unit recognition and modification procedures, work stoppages and strikes, contract interpretation issues, and requests for information (including privileges, such as attorney-client and deliberative process) to limit the scope of responsive information.

Alex also has significant experience drafting and negotiating Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on behalf of public sector clients throughout the state, as well as providing advice and counsel to clients regarding issues that may arise under such agreements after adoption.

Alex has worked with cities, counties, joint powers authorities, transportation agencies, and special districts on PLAs that cover construction work on a single-project, as well as agreements that cover multiple projects.  Alex works with clients and their technical staff to ensure that such agreements address key operational issues, so that the project(s) covered by the agreement are delivered in an efficient and timely manner, and that issues that may arise in the field and lead to delays are instead addressed at the negotiating table.  Alex also works with elected policymakers to incorporate policy goals that may be included in such agreements, including local or targeted hiring, preference for certain business enterprises, and apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship training programs.

In total, Alex has worked on PLAs that cover or will cover in excess of four billion dollars in construction work. 

Alex also has experience working on Labor Peace Agreements and has provided advice and counsel to public sector clients 

Apr 3, 2020

Department of Labor Issues Temporary Regulations Concerning Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”)

On April 1, 2020, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued temporary regulations concerning the paid leave provisions under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), including the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”) and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (“EFMLEA”). The new set of FFCRA regulations that are set forth at 29 C.F.R. §§ 826.10-826.160.

Mar 27, 2020

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act Enacted into Law

On March 27, President Trump signed into law HR 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act, which provides for $2 trillion in relief assistance to businesses, non-profits, state and local governments, public agencies and special districts, public elementary and secondary schools, institutions of higher education, and individuals.

Mar 23, 2020

Determining the Employees Essential to Your Agency’s Function and Complying with Executive Order N-33-20

On March 19, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20 (“Order”), which effectively imposed a statewide shutdown of non-essential business and governmental operations.

Mar 19, 2020

Update: CalPERS Suspends Retired Annuitant Work Hour Limitation during COVID-19 Emergency

On March 4, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-25-20.  The executive order, among other things, suspended certain restrictions applicable to retired annuitants.  On March 18, 2020, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (“CalPERS”) issued Circular Letter 200-015-20, which explains the restrictions that are suspended for the duration of the state of emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Any hours worked by a retired annuitant to ensure adequate staffing during the state of emergency will not count toward the 960-hour per fiscal year limit.  In addition, the 180-day wait period between retirement and returning to post-retirement employment will be suspended.  Most other retired annuitant restrictions, including the limitations on permissible compensation and the prohibition of any benefits in addition to the hourly rate, remain in effect.

Mar 6, 2020

How Public Employers Should Respond to Employees’ Exposure To COVID-19

This Special Bulletin follows up on our February 5, 2020 Special Bulletin on COVID-19, the novel coronavirus of 2019.  The information in that Special Bulletin remains valid, including those steps individuals can take to lessen the spread of the virus.

Jan 7, 2020

Notice Requirements under COBRA: Check it Twice!

The beginning of the New Year (and a new plan year for many public agencies) is a good time to review key provisions of the Comprehensive Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (“COBRA”), including what notice requirements COBRA imposes on public agencies.

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