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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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New Laws Affecting Local Agencies in 2018: Our Summary

by on January 4, 2018

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Several new laws have taken effect in 2018.  Our office has prepared a summary of new laws affecting local government.  ... Continue Reading

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State Legislation Requires Public Unions to Have Access to New Public Employees

by on October 23, 2017

posted in Employment Law, Unions,

If public employers have not already done so, all should be prepared to engage with exclusive representative organizations over employee orientation and providing employee personal contact information to those exclusive representatives in the immediate future. Assembly Bill 119 is in effect now, and provided recognized employee exclusive representative organizations access to employees during employee orientation and also requires that employers provide employee organizations with personal contact information for bargaining unit employees on a regular basis.  ... Continue Reading

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tags: AB 119, Orientation, Public Employees, Unions,

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