After much anticipation, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) has issued its final rule clarifying the regulations governing calculation of the FLSA regular rate of pay, 29 CFR sections 548 and 778. The Department last updated these rules more than 60 years ago, before the FLSA applied to public agencies.
The California Court of Appeal recently ruled in favor of Los Angeles County after it fired a sheriff’s deputy for dishonesty. In this unusual case, the court was required to reverse a decision by the Los Angeles County Civil Service Commission.
Dane Hutchings, RPPG’s Director of Government Affairs, was at “ground zero” in Sacramento leading the SB 266 legislative efforts on behalf of local public agencies. This was a terrible piece of legislation and we are very pleased to have been part of local government’s response. We recently had an opportunity to speak with Dane about it and wanted to share the conversation.
Assembly Bill 5, the measure that targets the “gig economy,” has been one of the most contentious measures of the 2019 legislative session. Renne Public Policy Group's Dane Hutchings provides insight from Sacramento on the bill's passage and related lobbying efforts.
Local government employers should be watching SB 266 (Leyva) CalPERS Disallowed Benefits, AB 418 (Kalra) Union-Agent Evidentiary Privilege, AB 1066 (Gonzalez) Unemployment Insurance, Trade Disputes and SB 542 (Stern) Workers’ Compensation Presumptions PTSD, First Responders. Here’s why.
An Unholy Mess: Recent Cases Confirm the Legislature, Courts and CalPERS Have Derailed the Public Agency Employee/ Contractor Distinction
The combination of recent court cases, legislation and pressure from CalPERS have all but destroyed venerable rules preventing "ghost" employees by increasingly modeling public employment rules on private sector rules.
Recent Limitation on Home Rule Doctrine: Charter Cities and Likely All Counties Are Subject to State Minimum Wage Requirements
In light of Marquez, we recommend that charter cities, charter counties, and general law counties – as well as all other public employers in California– review their employee salary schedules to ensure compliance with state minimum wage requirements.
To Chalk or Not to Chalk: How the Sixth Circuit’s Recent Decision in Taylor v. City of Saginaw Impacts California Municipalities
California municipalities should take heed of the Sixth Circuit’s recent decision in City of Saginaw, which casts a misguided shadow over a longstanding parking enforcement practice.
Pension Reform: In the Wake of the Supreme Court’s Landmark Cal Fire Decision, Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?
In the process of attempting to insert a legal framework in the vesting doctrine, the Cal Fire Court significantly limits the grounds under which a benefit can become vested.
The Court is taking a hard look at the vested rights doctrine, and views it to be significantly more limited than the prevailing understanding of the doctrine.