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Attorney General Opinion Confirms Local Agencies Cannot Purchase Products from Companies Co-owned by Their Elected Officials

by on December 2, 2014

posted in Ethics,

The question is one that small local agencies often face.  What happens when the agency needs to purchase goods or services from a company that is at least partially owned by one of its elected officials?   A very recent Attorney General opinion answers this question clearly: find somewhere else to get the goods or services.  ... Continue Reading

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tags: 1090, Attorney General opinion, Cannella, conflicts of interest, Political Reform Act,

California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) Releases Annual Report

by on November 21, 2014

posted in Employment Law,

The California Public Employment Relations Board recently released their annual report for 2013-14. PERB is the regulatory agency with authority over public sector labor and employment relations within the State of California, including those of Cities, Counties and Special Districts forming a significant portion of our clients. Some interesting and informative statistics are contained in each annual report regarding filings with PERB and PERB decisions.  ... Continue Reading

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tags: Annual Report, employment law, labor relations, PERB,

Not All Bidders’ Errors Are Fatal Flaws

by on November 4, 2014

posted in Public Works, Uncategorised,

It happens all too frequently: your city or county receives a good bid on a public works project, and then discovers that the low bidder has made a mistake on the bid or omitted a necessary page of information.  An appellate case decided earlier this year, Bay Cities Paving & Grading, Inc. v. City of San Leandro holds that seemingly important bid flaws are not always fatal.    ... Continue Reading

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tags: bid bond, construction, low bidder, public works projects,

Sexual Harassment Training: What Employers Need to Know

by on October 28, 2014

posted in Employment Law,

Most employers understand the importance and need to provide training for employees that discusses prevention and correction of sexual harassment in the workplace.  All employees must be provided with information from the Department of Fair Employment and Housing about sexual harassment; and, since 2006, some employers have been required to provide training to supervisors by a trainer with knowledge and expertise in the prevention of harassment, discrimination and retaliation. As well, most employers know they have an obligation to maintain policies designed to prevent sexual harassment.  ... Continue Reading

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Hanif, Howell, and Medical Factoring in Personal Injury Lawsuits

by on October 23, 2014

posted in Damages,

Overview In a run-of-the-mill personal injury lawsuit, a plaintiff will seek medical treatment from a provider. The provider will bill $x and that number forms the basis for damages in a lawsuit. For example, if the plaintiff has surgery and the surgery costs $20,000, then $20,000 is the number shown to the jury.  The jury uses that number to come to a total damages award.  (By law, payments made by an insurance company cannot be presented to the jury.) Factoring companies have entered the personal law arena by making it profitable to increase the medical bills thereby increasing the jury verdicts.  ... Continue Reading

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tags: Damages, Evidence, Hanif, Howell, Jury, Medical Factoring, Personal Injury,

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