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Court of appeal rules challenges to San Diego’s pension reform must be heard initially by PERB

This case reinforces the judicial trend of deferring to PERB’s administrative processes on issues, even of constitutional dimension, on which the court and PERB jurisdiction coincide.

2018-08-24T16:19:23-07:00July 16th, 2012|

Doing the right thing on pensions (isn’t easy or obvious)

Although the point is sometimes lost in the debate, employees also have an interest in making sure their benefits are adequately funded and jobs aren’t vaporized or employee contribution rates increased dramatically to feed the pension beast.

2018-08-24T16:14:40-07:00February 27th, 2012|

California Supreme Court finds public employee benefits may ‘vest’ by implication

In its decision, the court found that “under certain limited circumstances,” a vested right to retiree health benefits may be implied into formal legislation adopted by a public agency’s governing body.

2018-08-24T16:14:53-07:00December 26th, 2011|

Declarations of Fiscal Emergency: A Viable Option as Cities and Counties Fight to Maintain Essential Services

Before public agencies consider bankruptcy or take actions that seriously jeopardize the health and welfare of the residents, they should consider the alternative of declaring a fiscal emergency.

2018-08-24T16:15:00-07:00December 1st, 2011|