Michael Youril

Michael Youril Associate

Michael provides representation and legal counsel to Liebert Cassidy Whitmore clients in matters pertaining to employment and labor law.

Michael has extensive experience in retirement law including CalPERS, the '37 Act, and local retirement systems.  Michael represents agencies in all aspects of the CalPERS audit and determination process and in disability retirement proceedings.  Michael regularly represents agencies before the Office of Administrative Hearings and various retirement Boards.  He also litigates CalPERS determinations and disability retirement cases in superior court.  Michael also assists agencies in complying with retirement and health benefit laws, including post-retirement work restrictions, independent contractor status, disability retirement, PEPRA compliance, PEMHCA (i.e. CalPERS medical), health benefits for elected officials, and determining whether compensation is included or excluded from reporting for the purposes of determining pension benefits.

Michael also litigates employment law actions in state and federal courts through all stages of litigation.  He regularly litigates cases involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower retaliation, due process, free speech retaliation, Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act, FMLA/CFRA, and wage and hour matters.  Michael has also litigated several individual and collective action cases brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act. 

Michael provides advice and counsel to employers regarding employee leave rights, engaging in the interactive process with disabled employees, and providing reasonable accommodations to disabled employees. Michael guides public agencies through the entire disability retirement process, including handling administrative hearings and writs of mandate concerning applications for disability retirement.

Michael also represents employers at disciplinary hearings.

Michael graduated Order of the Coif from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Education

  • JD, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

  • BA, California State University, Sacramento

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APPELLATE

Keylon v. City of Dos Palos (2014) - The Fifth District Court of Appeal reversed a trial court decision that awarded approximately one year of back pay to a former Dispatcher.

Vallejo Police Officers Association v. City of Vallejo (2017) - Prepared an amicus brief on behalf of the League of California cities in support of the City of Vallejo in which the Court of Appeal agreed with the City and our position that employees do not have a vested right to particular retiree medical benefits contributions. This has statewide impact for all public employers who provide contributions towards the cost of retiree medical benefits.

LITIGATION

Yates v. Mammoth Community Water District (2016) – Mono County Superior Court sustained the District’s Demurrer without leave to amend in this matter which alleged violations of Section 1983 retaliation, Unfair Business Practices and Malicious Prosecution.

Graff, et al v. City of Tehachapi (2016) – The U.S District Court, Eastern District granted a motion to dismiss the City from all causes of actions (including Section 1983 First Amendment relation and CA Labor Code section 1102.5).

Education

  • JD, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

  • BA, California State University, Sacramento

Apr 8, 2019 Webinars on Demand
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Mandated Ethics for Public Officials

Fresno County Bar Association

California Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section

California Young Lawyers Association

Education

  • JD, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

  • BA, California State University, Sacramento

Apr 8, 2019 Webinars on Demand
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Mandated Ethics for Public Officials

Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2017)

Education

  • JD, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

  • BA, California State University, Sacramento

Apr 8, 2019 Webinars on Demand
Mandated Ethics for Public Officials

Mandated Ethics for Public Officials

Aug 13, 2019

Is this PERSable/Reportable? Reporting and Tracking Temporary Upgrade Pay, Out-of-Class Appointments, and Extra Duty Pays

Applying the different California Public Employees’ Retirement System (“CalPERS”) rules related to Temporary Upgrade Pay, out-of-class appointments, and non-reportable extra-duty pays can be unnerving.  For classic employees, compensation for appointments meeting the definition of Temporary Upgrade Pay are reportable to CalPERS and is included in pension benefits. 

Apr 30, 2018

CalPERS Issues Circular Letter Regarding Employer Obligations for Out-of-Class Appointments, But Many Questions Remain

On April 27, 2018, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (“CalPERS”) issued Circular Letter No.: 200-021-18, which discusses limitations imposed on “out-of-class appointments” by Assembly Bill 1487, which added Government Code section 20480.  The Circular Letter also provides direction to employers for reporting hours for out-of-class appointments and attaches an Out-of-Class Appointment Employer Certification form  for employers to fill out.  Unfortunately, many ambiguities concerning the application of Government Code section 20480 and the reporting requirements remain.

Jul 10, 2017 Press Release

Nine LCW Attorneys Selected to the List of 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

We are proud to announce that nine LCW attorneys were recognized by the Super Lawyers for their work in labor and employment law.

Feb 14, 2017

Are They Ever Coming Back? - Taking a Proactive Approach to Leave Management and Employees who are on Long-Term Leaves of Absence

Leaves of absences are one of the most complex and frustrating areas of personnel management that public agency employers face.  There are several complex, overlapping, and intersecting laws to apply and navigate.  In many situations, it is difficult for the agency to determine its rights and obligations.

Mar 22, 2016

Unreasonable Request - Is CalPERS Putting You Between a Rock and a Hard Place??

The California Public Employees' Retirement System ("CalPERS") has significa...

Jan 27, 2015

AB 1660: Discrimination and driver's license status

Gage Dungy and Michael Youril published "AB 1660: Discrimination and driver's...

Education

  • JD, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

  • BA, California State University, Sacramento

Apr 8, 2019 Webinars on Demand
Mandated Ethics for Public Officials

Mandated Ethics for Public Officials

30 January 2020
Customized Trainings

Managing the Marginal Employee

ERMA Merced
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6 November 2019
Customized Trainings

Preventing Workplace Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation

Mariposa County Mariposa
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3 October 2019
Consortium Trainings

Managing the Marginal Employee

San Joaquin Valley ERC Ripon
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3 October 2019
27 September 2019
Speaking Engagements

Tackling Challenges in Accommodating Mental Disabilities in the Workplace

Public Agency Risk Managers Association (PARMA) Central Valley Chapter Fall Meeting Clovis
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Education

  • JD, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

  • BA, California State University, Sacramento

Apr 8, 2019 Webinars on Demand
Mandated Ethics for Public Officials

Mandated Ethics for Public Officials

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