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New Parental Leave Law Takes Effect

by on April 15, 2018

posted in Employee Benefits, Family and Medical Leave,

As national discourse around women’s pay equality came to the forefront in 2017, Governor Brown signed several bills in an effort to create a more egalitarian workplace. One such measure came in the form of Senate Bill 63, otherwise known as the New Parental Leave Act, which became effective January 1, 2018. Under prior law, employers with 50 or more employees were required to provide job-protected parental leave. Now employers with at least 20 employees within 75 miles must allow employees with (1) more than 12 months of service with the employer and (2) that have worked at least 1,250 hours ... Continue Reading

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tags: Family and Medical Leave, FMLA, SB 63,

The Feds’ New Lawsuit Against State “Sanctuary City” Laws: What’s At Issue

by on March 13, 2018

posted in Law Enforcement, Legislative Updates, Uncategorised,

On March 7, 2018, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a lawsuit challenging California’s “sanctuary” state laws.  This is only one in a series of actions that Attorney General Sessions’ has taken to curtail “sanctuary” efforts in the United States. While the term “sanctuary” city or state does not have a precise definition, it generally refers to a jurisdiction that limits its cooperation with federal immigration authorities.  The idea behind a “sanctuary” city or state is to reduce the fear of deportation among immigrants living in a jurisdiction illegally, ... Continue Reading

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tags: AB 103, AB 450, Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, Jeff Sessions, Sanctuary City, SB 54,

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments Today in Major Union Fee Case

by on February 26, 2018

posted in Employment Law, Unions,

The United States Supreme Court hears oral argument today in a case that could reshape finances for public employee unions in 22 states, including California, where those unions are able to collect “agency fees” from non-member public employees to cover the costs of negotiating collective bargaining agreements and representation services. Two years ago, the Court heard similar issues in Friedrichs v. California Teacher’s Association 136 S. Ct. 1083 (2016), however, the decision stalled 4-4 at the Court after Justice Scalia’s death prior to the decision, leaving the lower court decision ... Continue Reading

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tags: Collective Bargaining, Janus v. American Federation, Union Dues, Union Shop,

Recent Court Decision Highlights Due Process Requirements for Building Enforcement Appeals

by on February 11, 2018

posted in Recent Court Decisions,

A recent court ruling in the First Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal may require cities to make changes to their procedures for hearing administrative appeals of substandard housing citations. In Lippman v. City of Oakland, a landlord who owns rental property in Oakland appealed citations he received from the City’s Building Services Department for blight and substandard living conditions.  The landlord’s claims on appeal were adjudicated by a single hearing officer who was appointed by the same Department that cited him.   ... Continue Reading

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tags: Appeals of Administrative Citations, Building Code, Citations, Enforcement,

New Prevailing Wage Legislation Takes Effect this Year

by on January 4, 2018

posted in Legislative Updates,

The State Legislature has enacted new prevailing wage legislation affecting public agency projects.  Our office has summarized this new legislation.  ... Continue Reading

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