Lars T. Reed

Lars T. Reed Associate

Lars Reed is an associate in the Sacramento office of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore where he provides counsel and representation to clients on matters pertaining to employment law, labor relations,  and litigation. Lars has experience in all aspects of the litigation process from pre-litigation advice through to enforcement and appeals. Lars has particular expertise working with California Public Records Act issues and is part of LCW’s dedicated strike team helping public agencies respond to requests for law enforcement records. Lars is also experienced in advising clients on wage and hour regulations, leave laws, and personnel issues.

Prior to joining Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, Lars worked as a judicial law clerk to Chief Justice Craig F. Stowers of the Alaska Supreme Court. During this time, he researched and drafted bench memoranda and court opinions on a broad range of civil, criminal, and constitutional law. He also provided in-house advice to the court system as party to a federal lawsuit, and volunteered as a mediator for the Anchorage small claims court.

Outside of the office, Lars regularly volunteers as a judge for law school mock trial and moot court competitions.

Lars received his JD from the University of California, Davis School of Law where he served as Editor in Chief of the UC Davis Law Review. Before attending law school, Lars earned an MA (Honors) degree in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. 

Lars is fluent in Norwegian, and also speaks Swedish and Danish.

Education

  • JD, University of California, Davis School of Law

  • MA (Hons.), University of Edinburgh

Nov 6, 2019

How California Public Agencies Can Reform Pension Benefits

This article appeared on Law360.

In 2011, in a report that led to the enactment of the California Public Employee Pension Reform Act (“PEPRA”), the Little Hoover Commission gave a dire warning: 

California’s pension plans are dangerously underfunded, the result of overly generous benefit promises, wishful thinking and an unwillingness to plan prudently. Unless aggressive reforms are implemented now, the problem will get far worse, forcing counties and cities to severely reduce services and lay off employees to meet pension obligations.

Sep 24, 2019

The Long-Awaited FLSA Salary Basis Update Is Finally Here – What This Means For California Public Education Employers

Today, September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced a final rule modifying the weekly salary and annual compensation threshold levels for white collar exemptions to FLSA overtime requirements. The final rule will become effective on January 1, 2020.  It is critical for public education employers to become familiar with the new regulations, among other reasons because misclassification of employees as being exempt from FLSA overtime requirements is a costly mistake.  In addition to the new DOL regulations, public educational institutions in California must also continue to comply with the exemption requirements set forth in the Education Code.

Sep 24, 2019

The Long-Awaited FLSA Salary Basis Update Is Finally Here

On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced a final rule modifying the weekly salary and annual compensation threshold levels for white collar exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime requirements. The final rule will become effective on January 1, 2020.  It is critical for employers to become familiar with the new regulations, among other reasons because misclassification of employees as being exempt from FLSA overtime requirements is a costly mistake.

Aug 19, 2019

Governor Newsom Signs Police Use-of-Force Bill AB 392

On Monday morning, August 19, 2019, Governor Newsom signed California Assembly Bill 392, a police use-of-force bill that redefines the circumstances under which the use of lethal force by a peace officer is considered justifiable. The law is intended to encourage law enforcement to increasingly rely on alternative methods such as less-lethal force or de-escalation techniques.

Jun 28, 2019

Budget Trailer Bill SB 94 Clears Up Ambiguity Regarding Public Access to Body Camera Videos, Amending AB 748

On Thursday, June 27, 2019, Governor Newsom signed into law the new State Budget as well as accompanying budget trailer bills.  One of the budget trailer bills, Senate Bill 94, contains clean-up language for provisions added to the California Public Records Act by last year’s Assembly Bill 748.

Apr 1, 2019

Court of Appeal Issues First Published Decision on Senate Bill 1421 and Retroactivity

Over the past three months, since California Senate Bill 1421 went into effect on January 1, 2019, numerous public agencies across California have been involved in litigation over whether the new law applies to records created before 2019. After conflicting decisions from various superior courts, some of which we discussed in a previous blog post, the California Court of Appeal has now issued the first published decision addressing this issue.

Education

  • JD, University of California, Davis School of Law

  • MA (Hons.), University of Edinburgh

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