Amit Katzir

Amit Katzir Associate

Amit is an associate in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore’s Los Angeles office.  He provides advice and representation in various labor and employment matters including appeals of discipline, labor negotiations and arbitration, unfair practice proceedings, and wage and hour compliance.  Amit also defends against discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour claims in federal and state court and before administrative agencies. 

As a member of the Business and Facilities practice group, Amit has provided advice on project labor agreements and labor peace agreements, including related policies for hotel construction and operations on public land.

In addition, Amit 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. 

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

Education

  • BA, University of California, Davis

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

  • MA, University of California, San Diego

Aug 6, 2019 Webinars on Demand
The ACA Lives On: Obligations for IRS Reporting

The ACA Lives On: Obligations for IRS Reporting

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

  • BA, University of California, Davis

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

  • MA, University of California, San Diego

Aug 6, 2019 Webinars on Demand
The ACA Lives On: Obligations for IRS Reporting

The ACA Lives On: Obligations for IRS Reporting

Dec 5, 2019

New IRS Notice Extends Deadlines to Furnish 2019 ACA Forms, Provides Additional Relief

Notice 2019-63 extends the deadline under the Affordable Care Act for applicable large employers to furnish individuals with a Form 1095-C for 2019.  The new due date is March 2, 2020, but the IRS will not consider further extensions.  The new March 2 deadline also applies to small employers sponsoring self-insured coverage that furnish individuals with 2019 Forms 1095-B.  A failure to timely furnish the requisite forms may subject employers to penalties. 

Jul 8, 2019

California Workplace and School Nondiscrimination Laws Amended to Protect Traits Historically Associated With Race, Including Hair Texture, Braids, Locks, and Twists

On July 3, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill that extends California’s workplace and school discrimination protections to cover race-related traits, including hair.  SB-188 expands the definition of “race” under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the nondiscrimination provisions of the Education Code.  Effective January 1, 2020, “race” will include “traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles.”  The law further specifies that “protective hairstyles” “includes, but is not limited to, such hairstyles as braids, locks, and twists.”  This change in the law includes protection from such discrimination against employees and students.

Mar 4, 2019

California Supreme Court Holds That Air Time is Not a Vested Right, Passes on Reexamining “California Rule”

The California Supreme Court issued a long-awaited decision in Cal Fire Local 2881 v. CalPERS, a case addressing whether the Legislature’s elimination of “air time” as an optional benefit for members of CalPERS unconstitutionally impaired a vested contractual right.  Holding that the air time benefit was not entitled to constitutional protection, the Court took a pass on reviewing a much bigger question:  Whether the so-called “California Rule” for modifying pension benefits should remain intact.          

Dec 17, 2018

Federal District Court Strikes Down Affordable Care Act. What Now for Employers?

A federal district judge in Texas ruled last Friday that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate was unconstitutional and that the ACA’s other provisions were therefore also invalid.

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.  

Education

  • BA, University of California, Davis

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

  • MA, University of California, San Diego

Aug 6, 2019 Webinars on Demand
The ACA Lives On: Obligations for IRS Reporting

The ACA Lives On: Obligations for IRS Reporting

6 August 2019

Education

  • BA, University of California, Davis

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

  • MA, University of California, San Diego

Aug 6, 2019 Webinars on Demand
The ACA Lives On: Obligations for IRS Reporting

The ACA Lives On: Obligations for IRS Reporting

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