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Court of Appeals Holds MMBA Fact-finding Applies to all Impasses, not Just Those Concerning MOUs

Posted in Employment Law, Recent Court Decisions, Unions
The Fourth District Court of Appeals issued two decisions yesterday that held that fact-finding under the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (“MMBA”) applies to all impasses between exclusive representatives and MMBA public agencies such as cities, counties, and special districts.  The results in these cases means that when impasse is reached in negotiations involving a city, county or special… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Divides Equally Over Union Fees Case

Posted in Employment Law, Recent Court Decisions, U.S. Supreme Court, Unions
Previously we wrote about Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (a link to our previous article is here), a case involving whether public-sector union fair share arrangements are invalid because they violate individual first amendment rights. Today, the Supreme court divided equally in deciding the case and issued a one-sentence decision affirming the Appellate Court decision and leaving… Continue Reading

Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument in Case Involving Union Fees for Public-Sector Employees

Posted in U.S. Supreme Court, Unions
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral argument in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, Docket No. 14-915, a case in which the Court will be asked to decide whether “agency shop” arrangements violate the First Amendment rights of public-sector school employees on the premise that a public-sector unions’ activities are inseparably integrated into… Continue Reading

PERB Releases 2015 Annual Report

Posted in Employment Law
The California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) has issued their annual report for 2014-15. PERB’s report details the activities of the Board during the preceding year regarding public agency labor relations work among other issues handled by the Board. This year saw the reappointment of Board member Eric Banks, and the appointment of new Board… Continue Reading

California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) Releases Annual Report

Posted in Employment Law
The California Public Employment Relations Board recently released their annual report for 2013-14. PERB is the regulatory agency with authority over public sector labor and employment relations within the State of California, including those of Cities, Counties and Special Districts forming a significant portion of our clients. Some interesting and informative statistics are contained in… Continue Reading

Sexual Harassment Training: What Employers Need to Know

Posted in Employment Law
Most employers understand the importance and need to provide training for employees that discusses prevention and correction of sexual harassment in the workplace.  All employees must be provided with information from the Department of Fair Employment and Housing about sexual harassment; and, since 2006, some employers have been required to provide training to supervisors by… Continue Reading