Kelly Tuffo

Kelly Tuffo Associate

Kelly Tuffo has represented public agencies for over fifteen years. Her areas of expertise are labor negotiations, labor relations, contract administration and employment law, including employment discrimination, harassment, discipline and investigations. Kelly advises cities, counties and other public sector employers on all aspects of employment relations, conducts workplace investigations, and represents clients in disciplinary proceedings and mediation and arbitration of grievances. Kelly provides training on all areas related to her practice.

As chief labor negotiator, Kelly has negotiated hundreds of labor contracts between public agencies and their employee organizations representing numerous types of employees, including nurses, doctors, police officers, deputy sheriffs, firefighters, mid-managers, probation officers, dispatchers, attorneys, engineers, and miscellaneous employees. She is experienced in conducting collective bargaining agreement audits, mediation, fact-finding, arbitration and PERB proceedings. Kelly has represented clients in matters involving union grievances, arbitrations, unfair labor practices, labor strikes, unilateral implementation and other labor issues. She has negotiated impacts of several police service transfer agreements between public agencies.

Kelly is an experienced workplace investigator. She conducts management training programs on a variety of employment law issues, including discipline, performance evaluation, leaves of absence, and harassment and discrimination prevention.

Prior to law school and joining our San Francisco office, Kelly was a labor relations representative for a private sector company. In that role, she coordinated contract negotiations, represented the company in arbitrations, negotiated and handled grievances and conducted investigations. She also has experience in community mediation for a public sector entity.

Recognitions

Kelly has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, and as one of the top female attorneys in Nothern California by San Francisco Magazine. 

Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

  • MA, University of British Columbia

NEGOTIATIONS

Cities:

 City of Ceres – Police, Fire and General Units

City of Cotati - Police Officers Association and Police Management Units, General Unit

City of Half Moon Bay – Police and General Units, Police Services Transfer Agreement

City of Los Banos - Police, Fire, Dispatchers, and General Local One Units.

City of Millbrae – Police, Teamsters and General Units, Police Services Transfer Agreement

City of Redwood City – Police, Police Management, IAFF, Chief Officers, Mid-Managers and SEIU.

City of San Pablo – Operating Engineers, Mid-Manager, and Police Units.

City of San Rafael – SEIU, Local One, Western Council of Engineers

 

Counties:

 County of Contra Costa CountyCalifornia Nurses Association, Attorney Associations

County of San Mateo – AFSCME, SEIU, California Nurses Association, BCTC/Operating Engineers, Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Sheriff’s Sergeants, Probation and Detention Association, Engineers and Physician and Dentists Units.

County of Sonoma -  SEIU, Engineers and Scientists, and Attorney Units.

 

Special Districts:

 Broadmoor Police Protection District – Police Officers Association/Teamsters.

Marin Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District - General and Mid-Manager Western Council of Engineers Units.

Port of Stockton - Police and Warehouse Worker Units.

San Benito County Water District - SEIU.

Sonoma Library District – SEIU.

ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS

Physicians Union v. County (2019) Represented county in complex factfinding hearing involving 40 issues in dispute. The parties settled before a decision was issued.

Carpenters Union v. City (2011) Arbitrator denied union grievance regarding City’s use of temporary employees.

Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

  • MA, University of British Columbia

Feb 11, 2021

Out-of-State Telecommuting During COVID and Beyond

As the COVID pandemic rages on, employees required to work remotely since March 2020 will continue to do so for at least a foreseeable portion of 2021. While a burden for some, the pandemic has opened endless relocation possibilities for others, allowing some remote workers to visit and stay with family, work from a vacation destination, or work from less expensive areas to save on the cost of living. As we enter a new tax year under COVID, many employers are asking whether they have special obligations to out-of-state teleworkers. In addition, employees who have enjoyed the advantages of their new location may be asking to make the arrangement permanent.

Aug 25, 2020

Employer Requirements Under Cal OSHA’s Wildfire Smoke Regulation

 As California battles close to 600 wildfires burning more than one million acres across the state, many areas are experiencing unhealthy and even very unhealthy air quality. During these conditions, employers must comply with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CalOSHA) worker safety requirements to protect outdoor workers from wildfire smoke effects.

Aug 6, 2020

Financial Assistance for Employee Housing: Legal Considerations for California Public Agencies

Partners Heather DeBlanc and T. Oliver Yee and Associate Kelly Tuffo authored the Bender's California Labor & Employment Bulletin article, "Financial Assistance for Employee Housing: Legal Considerations for California Public Agencies," discussing the legal considerations for public agencies when they offer financial assistance to help mitigate housing costs for public employees. 

Apr 14, 2020

Employee Housing Assistance—Legal Considerations for California Public Agencies

This article was authored by Partners Heather DeBlanc and Oliver Yee and Associate Kelly Tuffo for the California Lawyers Association Public Law Journal on April 14, 2020.  

Apr 14, 2020

Employee Housing Assistance—Legal Considerations for California Public Agencies

Partners Heather DeBlanc and Oliver Yee and Associate Kelly Tuffo authored an article for Bloomberg Law discussing a myriad of legal considerations and compensation issues when offering employee housing as a fringe benefit.  

May 4, 2016

Understanding the Backstory Behind A Proposal

In these monthly videos, members of LCW’s Labor Relations and Negotiations Services practice group will provide various tips that can be implemented at your bargaining tables. 

Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

  • MA, University of British Columbia

Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

  • MA, University of British Columbia

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