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State Budget Plan Includes Reimbursement for Local Government Agencies Required to Participate in MMBA Fact Finding

by on April 14, 2020

posted in Employment Law, Unions,

The requirement in Government Code 3505.4, as amended by AB1606 (2012), that local government agencies participate in Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (“MMBA”) Fact-Finding when certain conditions are met after reaching impasse has been determined by the Commission on State Mandates to be a state-mandated activity with reimbursable costs.  The initial program established by AB 646 in 2011 had previously been held not to be a mandated requirement.  ... Continue Reading

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tags: Bargaining, Commission on State Mandates, Fact-finding, Meyers Milias Brown Act, State mandates,

Governor Issues New Executive Order Suspending Voting Rights Act Deadlines

by on April 10, 2020

posted in Elections, Meetings,

Yesterday, Governor Newsom amended his previous executive order regarding deadlines under the California Voting Rights Act (“CVRA”).  His new order clarifies that the suspension of CVRA deadlines applies to both of the “safe harbor” periods provided in Elections Code section 10010.  It is clear now the suspension applies to the first, 45-day period local agencies have to consider adoption of a resolution expressing intention to convert to district elections, as well as the second, 90-day period for the public hearings to create districts.  ... Continue Reading

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tags: At Large Elections, By District Elections, California Voting Rights Act, Executive Order,

Judicial Council Limits Courts from Processing or Hearing Eviction Lawsuits

by on April 7, 2020

posted in Landlord-Tenant, Uncategorised,

As we  explained in a previous post, the Governor very recently issued an executive order that limited landlords’ abilities to evict tenants during the COVID-19 public-health emergency.  Yesterday, the Judicial Council—the agency with oversight of California courts—enacted several emergency rules affecting a wide variety of courtroom procedures.  One of these rules addresses “unlawful detainer,” or eviction, proceedings.  As many cities have enacted their own emergency eviction measures, and other cities are considering doing the same, this latest development is important to note.  ... Continue Reading

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tags: COVID-19, Evictions, Unlawful Detainer,

Governor Imposes Moratorium on Residential Evictions Through May 31

by on March 27, 2020

posted in Landlord-Tenant,

This afternoon, Governor Newsom issued an executive order imposing a moratorium on residential evictions through May 31, 2020.  The order was issued to protect residential tenants from evictions while stay-at-home (or “shelter in place”) orders are in place due to the COVID-19 public-health emergency.  ... Continue Reading

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tags: COVID-19, Evictions, Executive Order, Moratorium,

Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family Medical Leave for Coronavirus COVID-19 under the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act”

by on March 25, 2020

posted in Employee Benefits, Family and Medical Leave, Legislative Updates,

Congress Approved H.R. 6201, the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (FFCRA) with new requirements for employers with fewer than 500 employees and public employers.  The text of the law may be found here. The Act requires certain employers to provide FFCRA paid sick leave, and also to extend family medical leave act benefits, in certain circumstances; and employers are able to retain an amount equal to the qualifying sick leave and child-care leave that they pay from payroll taxes.  The Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division is responsible for the administration and enforcement ... Continue Reading

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tags: COVID-19, Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act, Families First Coronavirus Response Act,

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