California Whistleblower Retaliation Claims after Lawson v. PPG

On January 27, 2022, the Supreme Court of California held that the employee-friendly California Labor Code Section 1102.6 standard applies to whistleblower retaliation claims under Labor Code section 1102.5.  (Lawson v. PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc. (Cal. 2022) 12 Cal.5th 703, 718.)

2022-06-22T19:45:22-07:00June 22nd, 2022|

Cal/OSHA Adopts Next Iteration of ETS

On April 21, 2022, California’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board adopted the next iteration of the Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards (“ETS”), which sets out workplace safety requirements related to COVID-19 applicable to public employers. This latest ETS comes a few weeks before the current ETS is set to expire on May 6, 2022.

2022-04-28T17:48:22-07:00April 28th, 2022|

Governor Signs Assembly Bill 361 to Amend California’s Open Meeting Laws, Effective Immediately

The Legislature has stepped in to formally amend open meeting laws to account for a new reality where a persistent global pandemic and extreme wildfires stoked by climate change create an enduring need to make virtual meetings a more permanent fixture for public meetings in California.

2021-11-15T09:52:54-08:00September 17th, 2021|

New Appellate Decision Makes Clear that POBRA Cannot Shield Police Misconduct from Public Scrutiny

Although it is a small step, a recent appellate decision involving the City of Oakland carries significant promise for ensuring that local public agencies and civilian oversight boards can fully investigate allegations of police misconduct to ensure integrity in policing and maintain community trust.

2021-05-21T06:41:34-07:00May 21st, 2021|

How Cities Are Addressing Police Reform

In the wake of George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police officers last May, public entities across the nation – including many cities and counties – have started the process of re-examining policing and public safety models amidst demands for reform, restructuring and racial and economic justice.

2021-11-12T08:22:40-08:00May 20th, 2021|

How California’s New COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Law Applies to Public Sector Employers

California’s private and public sector employers with more than 25 employees are subject to a new, expansive COVID-19 supplemental paid leave requirement.

2021-04-05T14:53:11-07:00April 5th, 2021|

Building on the Supreme Court’s 2020 Vested Rights Opinion, the First District Court of Appeal Further Expands the Rationale For Modifying Pension Benefits

Wilmot demonstrates that the analytical framework provided by the Supreme Court has applications far beyond the “pension spiking” addressed in that case, and potentially provides a basis to uphold other types of pension reform directed at system loopholes or abuses.

2021-03-08T07:55:20-08:00February 26th, 2021|
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