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JD, University of California, Davis School of Law

MA (Hons.), University of Edinburgh

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Lars was once in a band that self-published a funk rock album. It is still available online if you know where to look.

Employee v. County (2020) – A former employee filed an unfair practice charge alleging retaliation and discrimination. The County prevailed in showing the employee did not have a valid claim within PERB’s jurisdiction, and that her complaints were of a personal nature and not in furtherance of concerted activity. PERB dismissed the charge at the outset without issuing a complaint.

Public Safety Annuitants
12/03/2020
California Police Chief Magazine

The present is a uniquely challenging time for law enforcement agencies.  Public discourse, which can tend to be demoralizing, is consistently critical of police.  In turn, legislators have set their sights on reform.  By the end of the 2020 legislative session, the California Legislature had...

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Best Practices for Accommodating Nonconforming Gender Identities in the Workplace
12/01/2020
HR News

The number of individuals who publicly do not identify exclusively as either male or female has increased. Exactly how much is difficult to estimate, but a 2017 survey by GLAAD showed that 12 percent of millennials (i.e., adults who were then between the ages of 18 and 34) identified as something...

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Governor Newsom Signs SB 1159 and AB 685 Into Law Impacting COVID-19 Related Workers’ Compensation Coverage and Creating New Notice and Reporting Requirements Related to COVID-19 Workplace Exposures for Public Agencies
09/17/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

On September 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law two COVID-19 related bills – Senate Bill (“SB”) 1159 and Assembly Bill (“AB”) 685.  SB 1159 is an urgency bill that is now effective immediately, and sets forth rebuttable presumption standards to establish workers’ compensation coverage...

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California Supreme Court: Agencies May No Longer Charge For Costs Of Redacting Body Cam Footage or Other Electronic Public Records
05/29/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

In a unanimous decision issued May 28, 2020, the California Supreme Court ruled that the California Public Records Act (“CPRA”) does not permit public agencies to recover from the requesting party the cost of redacting information from electronic records in response to a request for electronically...

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Employer Tips for Accommodating Non-Binary Workers
04/22/2020
Bloomberg Law

There’s been increasing recognition of individuals who do not identify exclusively as either male or female. Employers need to implement practices for creating a non-discriminatory and accommodating workplace.
These individuals—often described as “non-binary” or “gender non-conforming”—are not a...

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What Employers Should Know About the New Overtime Rate Regulations
02/20/2020
Bloomberg Law

Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, employers are required to pay overtime to non-exempt employees at one-and-one-half times the employee’s “regular rate of pay” for all time worked in excess of 40 hours in a workweek. The regular rate is not necessarily the same as the employee’s normal...

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How California Public Agencies Can Reform Pension Benefits
01/07/2020
American City & County

In 2011, after the Great Recession left California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) only 61 percent funded, 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...

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Pension Reform Options for California Public Agencies
12/17/2019
The Daily Journal

This article discusses how California’s pensions plans are dangerously underfunded and the aggressive reforms that are needed to save counties and cities from reverting to layoffs and reduced services. With the fear of another recession looming, local governments and public agencies need to...

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The Long-Awaited FLSA Salary Basis Update Is Finally Here – What This Means For California Public Education Employers
09/24/2019
LCW Special Bulletin

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...

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The Long-Awaited FLSA Salary Basis Update Is Finally Here
09/24/2019
LCW Special Bulletin

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 the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime requirements. The final rule will become effective on January 1,...

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