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 bargaining agreements, side letters and policies on matters such as compensation, mandatory access under A.B. 119, employee communication, remote work, return-to-work, and other terms and conditions of employment.

Dec 30, 2020

Best Practices for Communicating with Employees on Medical Leave and Utilizing Intermittent Leave Schedules

During these unprecedented times, it is likely that employees may be utilizing various forms of protected leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and California Family Rights Act (CFRA).  Some employees may be tempted to work remotely during their leave, perhaps to catch up, to stay ahead, or to offset the amount of time they are drawing down on their paid leave accruals or on an unpaid leave status.  Supervisors may also feel inclined to communicate with employees on leave to keep them updated on work-related assignments, news, and events or to give them time-sensitive assignments.  Here are some general rules and guidance for employers to be aware of regarding communications with employees on a protected leave.

Jul 31, 2020

Post-Janus Power Shift of California's Private and Public Sector Unions

Partner Che I. Johnson and Associate Kevin J. Chicas authored the Daily Journal article, "Post-Janus Power Shift of California's Private and Public Sector Unions," discussing how as private sector management rights grow, public sector employers are seeing a growing imbalance.

Jan 13, 2020

Public Sector unions not liable for repayment of agency fees

This article was published in the Daily Journal.

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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