Kevin J. Chicas

Kevin J. Chicas Associate

Kevin Chicas is an experienced Associate in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore's San Diego office where he provides advice and representation to the firm's clients in labor, employment, and litigation matters. As a member of the firm’s Labor Relations practice group, Kevin regularly advises and represents clients in navigating their various meet and confer obligations under the MMBA, EERA, and TEERA.  Kevin also regularly represents agencies before PERB on matters such as unfair practice charges, representation issues, and requests for injunctive relief.  Additionally, as part of Kevin’s continuing practice in bargaining unit representation matters, Kevin served a lead role in advising clients in complying with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME and Senate Bill 866.  Kevin also represents clients at the bargaining table, negotiating matters such as compensation, mandatory access under A.B. 119, employee communication, and other terms and conditions of employment.

Kevin also has experience in litigation from the initial pleading stages, through discovery, and in filing pre-trial motions, including motions for summary judgment.  In addition to his work on litigation matters, Kevin advises employers during all stages of the disciplinary process, from investigation, to review of notices, attending Skelly reviews, and handling administrative appeals and grievances.

Prior to joining Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, Kevin worked for Tulare County as a Deputy County Counsel and as a litigation associate with a California based firm.  He received his JD from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he graduated cum laude, and his BA from the University of California, Irvine, where he graduated magna cum laude

Jun 18, 2019

Third Party Independent Contractor Agreements Do Not Guarantee Protection from CalPERS Membership

This post was authored by Kevin J. Chicas.

It is not uncommon for public agencies to contract with another organization or company to provide temporary services to cover for vacant positions. A recent decision issued by the CalPERS Board of Administration (the “Fuller” Decision) illustrates why public employers should be careful about classifying someone as an independent contractor just because they are retained through a third-party agency.

Jun 27, 2018

Mandatory Agency Shop Fees Ruled Unconstitutional in Janus v. AFSCME

The United States Supreme Court today, on Wednesday June 27, 2018, reversed the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Janus v. AFSCME, and held that mandatory agency shop service fees are unconstitutional under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

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