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New Ruling Expands Liability for Using Excessive Force and Broadens the Basis for Disciplining Police Officers in California
03/04/2021
California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog

In 2017, a police officer with the City of Huntington Beach (“Officer Esparza”) saw a man standing on a sidewalk who caught his attention (“Mr. Tabares”).  Officer Esparza noticed Mr. Tabares wore a sweater on a warm day, walked abnormally, made flinching movements with his hands, and looked in his...

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A SWAT Sniper’s First Amendment Rights Impact a Police Department’s Ability to Discipline Him For a Facebook Posting
01/26/2021
California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog

 
In 2015, someone shot a police officer and a suspect was later arrested.  While off-duty, a SWAT sniper commented on a friend’s Facebook post which linked to an article about the shooting.  He wrote, “It’s a shame he didn’t have a few holes in him.”  An anonymous tip came in about the post,...

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Minimum Wage Applies to Charter Cities And All Counties
04/01/2019
The Daily Journal

Peter Brown and Megan Atkinson authored an article for the Daily Journal that discusses the Court of Appeal case Marquez v. City of Long Beach (244 Cal. Rptr. 3557 (2019)).The Court of Appeal held that California’s state minimum wage applies to all public employers, including charter cities and all...

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