Founding Partner Art Hartinger and Associate Anastasia Bondarchuk presented an update on the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) on Thursday, October 22 at the Public Employer Labor Relations Association of California (PELRAC) 11th Annual Training Conference.
Boling v. PERB should not be read as a statement on pension reform. The ruling does, however, carry significant—and detrimental—consequences for public employers.
Last month, a unanimous California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) board tentatively approved a roughly 50% hike in the employer pension contribution rate.
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.
For public employers in California, this has truly been an “annus horribilis”—a “year of horrors.”