Brett A. Overby

Brett A. Overby Associate

Brett Overby is an Associate in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore’s San Diego office, where she provides assistance to clients in matters pertaining to labor, employment, and education law. Her career background has a strong foundation in the public sector area. Brett has experience in all aspects of litigation services, including: attending strategy meetings, depositions, settlement negotiations, and civil trials.

Prior to joining Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, Brett interned at the Chula Vista City Attorney’s Office where she gained experience in laws and regulations concerning public agencies and charter cities, drafting discovery documents, and drafting documents to inform council members of impending and ongoing litigation matters.  In addition, Brett interned in the Legal Services Division of the Sweetwater Union High School District where she gained experience in California and federal law concerning public education including the Educational Employment Relations Act (EERA) and Title IX.   

Brett is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, where she was a member of the Women’s Law Caucus and Business Law Society. Prior to law school, Brett earned her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Criminal Justice from Washington State University. Brett is admitted to the State Bar of California.  

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Sep 11, 2020

California Department of Public Health Updates Guidance Related to Cohorts

On Friday, September 4, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) revised its Guidance Related to Cohorts  (“Cohorting Guidance”), which it originally released on August 25, 2020.

The Cohorting Guidance is intended to provide guidance for the use of small “cohorts” and groups of children and youth in order to deliver necessary in-person child supervision and limited instruction, targeted support services, and facilitation of distance learning in small group environments for a specified subset of children and youth. This “Cohorting Guidance,” applies to children and youth who attend or participate in controlled, supervised and indoor environments that are operated by local educational agencies, nonprofit organizations or other authorized providers, including public and private schools, child-care facilities, organized and supervised care, recreational programs, youth groups, before and after school programs, and day camps.

Sep 1, 2020

CDSS Issues FAQS And Guidance On Waivers, Cohorts, Group Size, And Ratios For Childcare Facilities And Providers

On August 25, 2020, the California Department of Social Services (“CDSS”) issued a new Provider Information Notice (“PIN”), titled “Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) Regarding Waivers Available for Licensed Child Care Facilities and License-Exempt Providers Due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19); Guidance on Cohorts, Group Size, and Ratios in Licensed & License-Exempt Child Care Settings” (PIN 20-22-CCP) (“August 25 CDSS Guidance”).  The August 25 CDSS Guidance contains questions and answers about waivers for specific types of license-exempt child care programs and licensed childcare providers, and cohorts, group size, and ratios, as well as a helpful glossary of terms commonly used in guidance intended for childcare facilities and providers.  It “applies to groups of children and youth in controlled, supervised, and indoor environments operated by local educational agencies, non-profits, or other authorized providers, including, but not limited to, public and private schools; licensed and license-exempt child care settings; organized and supervised care environment, i.e., ‘distance learning hubs’; recreation programs; before and after school programs; youth groups, and day camps.” 

Aug 27, 2020

California Department of Public Health Releases New Guidance for Case and Contact Management for Childcare, and Return to Work/School After Covid-19; CDC Updates Travel Restrictions

On Monday, August 24, 2020, the CDPH released Guidance on Returning to Work or School Following COVID-19 Diagnosis, which applies to individuals not in healthcare settings who have tested positive for COVID-19.  The CDPH guidance is consistent with current guidance on discontinuing home isolation issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and, in fact, the CDPH states it recommends adherence to current CDC guidance.

Jun 8, 2020

The State Issues Guidance for the Reopening of Schools and School-Based Programs, Childcare Facilities and Day Camps

On June 5, 2020, the State issued industry guidance for schools and school-based programs, childcare facilities, and day camps

COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Schools and School-Based Programs

The Governor previously announced that counties that have completed and submitted a written attestation to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) indicating the county had met specific readiness criteria could move more quickly through the reopening process.  The Governor stated that counties approved to move more quickly through the reopening process could reopen schools after the state issued guidance, and if consistent with local officials and orders.  The long awaited state guidance, titled, “COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Schools and School-Based Programs” (School Guidance), was released on June 5th.  The preface to the School Guidance notes that it is interim guidance, and will be updated as new data and practices emerge.  Additional guidance is forthcoming on school-based sports and extracurricular activities.

Jun 3, 2020

City of Los Angeles and Contra Costa County Issue New Orders, Los Angeles County Cleared to Move More Quickly Through Stage 2, and Marin County Issues Reopening Guidance for Schools

City of Los Angeles Issues New Safer-At-Home Order

On June 1, 2020, City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a new “Safer-At-Home” order, which supersedes the March 19, 2020 (revised May 27, 2020) order.  The new Safer-At-Home order continues to require that all individuals except for “young children at risk of suffocation and people with certain disabilities” wear face coverings when engaging in activities permitted by the order.   Further, under the new Safer-At-Home order, beaches remain closed to “youth camps.”  Childcare facilities “providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to work as permitted” remain open provided they operate under certain mandatory conditions.  Also, public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities “for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained” remain essential activities.

May 29, 2020

California Counties, CDC, and ACA Begin Issuing Guidance For Opening Of Summer Camps

As we await guidance from the State on the opening of summer camps, several counties, the American Camp Association (ACA), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are beginning to issue their own guidance and provide resources to assist summer camp programs plan to operate during a summer camp season in which the risks of COVID-19 remain.

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