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JD, Santa Clara University School of Law

MA, San Jose State University

BA, San Francisco State University

Did You Know

Before he went to law school, Rick served as a union steward for his custodian bargaining unit and after that worked as a business agent for a well established public employee union.

City of Milpitas Non-Safety Units

County of Sonoma Safety and Non-Safety Units

Peralta CCD Classified units

West Valley Mission CCD Safety and Faculty Units

County of Mariposa – Safety and Non-Safety Units

City of San Luis Obispo – Safety and Non-Safety Units

City of Martinez – Safety and Non-Safety Units

Balestrieri et al v. Menlo Park Fire Protection District (2015) – Successfully defended the District against firefighters’ claims, alleging that the District was obligated to pay for time spent traveling between fire station to pick up or drop off “turnout gear,” before or after voluntary overtime shifts. The firefighters also claimed that the District should have included, in the regular rate calculation for overtime, the amount of money the District cashed out to employees for unused time in their “Annual Leave” bank. The firefighters claimed that the unused Annual Leave was akin to unused sick leave, which must be included in the regular rate. After the District successfully moved for summary judgment on both claims, the firefighters appealed. The Ninth Circuit affirmed the District Court’s decision and held that under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the travel time was not compensable. The Ninth Circuit also agreed that because the cashouts of annual leave were made in order to reduce the District’s liability for banked leave hours, the unused leave was not akin to sick leave and therefore did not have to be included in the regular rate used to calculate overtime.

Tips from the Table: Handling Requests For Information From Your Labor Unions
California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog

We are excited to continue our video series – Tips from the Table. In these videos, members of LCW’s Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining practice group will provide various tips that can be implemented at your bargaining tables. We hope that you will find these clips informative and helpful...

PERB Holds that Mandating Vaccinations is Outside the Scope of Representation
LCW Special Bulletin

On July 26, the Public Employment Relations Board (“PERB”) issued an important decision concerning the negotiability of decisions regarding vaccination requirements. PERB’s decision opens the door for public employers to adopt mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies, and do so without first...

Wage & Hour: The Importance of Proper Work Week Designations
California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog

We are excited to introduce our video series – Wage & Hour Issues in the Workplace. In these videos, members of LCW’s Wage & Hour practice group will provide various tips that can be implemented in your workplace. We hope that you will find these clips informative and helpful!


COVID 19: The Duty to Meet and Confer and Other Public Agency Obligations During A Public Health Emergency
LCW Special Bulletin

With cities and counties scrambling to develop and deploy emergency plans in response to the COVID 19 pandemic, demands from employee organizations to meet and confer are increasing.  This fact sheet is offered to answer frequently asked questions regarding the duty to bargain and provide...

August 18, 2022
The Rules of Engagement: Issues, Impacts & Impasse
Virtual Seminar

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