Amit Katzir

Amit Katzir Associate

Amit is an associate in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore’s Los Angeles office.  He specializes in benefits structuring and compliance, with an emphasis on retirement and healthcare benefits.  His expertise in these areas covers CalPERS retirement and healthcare plans, ’37 Act systems, cafeteria healthcare arrangements, and the Affordable Care Act.  Amit also regularly advises clients on wage and hour laws, employee discipline, employment policies, and labor agreements. 

In addition to his advisory work, Amit handles administrative appeals and litigation in federal and state court.  His litigation experience includes defending against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour violations.

During law school, Amit was an extern for the Honorable Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Education

  • JD, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law

  • BA, University of California, Davis

  • MA, University of California, San Diego

ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS

Police Officer v. City (2017) – Civil Service Commission upheld the termination of a police officer for dishonesty and failure to disclose opioid prescriptions to supervisors.

Maintenance Worker v. City (2017) – City Manager upheld the termination of a maintenance worker for positive drug test following a vehicle collision.  

Human Resources Employee v. City (2017) – Administrative Law Judge denied unemployment insurance benefits to an employee terminated for engaging in sexual relations with a coworker on the employer’s premises.

Police Officer v. City (2016) – Personnel Board upheld the suspension of a police officer who arrested a bystander for filming the officer.

Police Officer v. City (2015) – Hearing officer upheld the demotion of a police lieutenant for, among other things, inappropriate instant messaging with a subordinate employee.

Education

  • JD, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law

  • BA, University of California, Davis

  • MA, University of California, San Diego

Oct 19, 2017

Supreme Court Agrees to Look Again at Mandatory Agency Shop Fees

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review Janus v. AFSCME, a case out of Illinois challenging the constitutionality of mandatory agency shop fees for public employees.  Illinois, like California, is one of several states where agency shop arrangements are authorized in the public sector.        

Jul 13, 2017

Court of Appeal Holds that Law Enforcement Agency May Not Disclose “Brady List” to Prosecutors Absent Compliance With Pitchess Statutes

In a decision published this week, a California Court of Appeal held, among other things, that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) was prohibited from sharing with prosecutors the names of deputies on its “Brady list” absent a court order after a Pitchess motion.  

Feb 9, 2016

California Court Okays Employer's Formula Used to Calculate Overtime Compensation on Flat-Sum Bonuses

A recent California Court of Appeal decision sheds light on what formula an ...

Education

  • JD, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law

  • BA, University of California, Davis

  • MA, University of California, San Diego

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