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Getting Ready For The BIG One (And All The Little Ones): Disaster Preparedness for Human Resources

Partner Jon Holtzman and Of Counsel Randy Riddle presented on a panel about disaster preparedness for human resources at the 2016 CALPELRA Annual Training Conference.

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DOL Final Rule Provides Needed Clarity on Regular Rate Calculation

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.

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Court of Appeal Reaffirms Police “You Lie, You Die” Rule

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.

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SB 266 is Officially Dead for this Legislative Session!

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.

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AB 5 on its Way to the Governor – An Insider’s View

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.

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Fearsome Foursome: A Quartet of Problematic Bills Threatens Public Employers

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.

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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.