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New State Law Favoring Unions Takes Effect Following Supreme Court’s Janus Ruling

Posted in Employment Law, Legislative Updates, Unions
Governor Brown signed SB 866 into law after Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, 585 U. S. ____ (2018) was released by the Supreme Court on June 27, 2018.  SB 866 is an effort to give something back to the unions given that they lost agency fees when the Court in… Continue Reading

The Feds’ New Lawsuit Against State “Sanctuary City” Laws: What’s At Issue

Posted in Law Enforcement, Legislative Updates, Uncategorized
On March 7, 2018, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a lawsuit challenging California’s “sanctuary” state laws.  This is only one in a series of actions that Attorney General Sessions’ has taken to curtail “sanctuary” efforts in the United States. While the term “sanctuary” city or state does not have a precise definition, it generally… Continue Reading

Governor Signs New Law Affecting School District “Lease-Leaseback” Programs

Posted in Legislative Updates, Schools
On September 23, 2016 Governor Brown signed AB2316 which makes significant changes to the Lease-Leaseback construction program that school districts  have been successfully using for years. The bill arises primarily out of recent litigation in Fresno stemming from allegations of corruption and partiality. These new changes, set to take effect on January 1, 2017, among… Continue Reading

Governor Signs Law to Require Agency Reports Before Approving Changes to Executive Compensation or Benefits

Posted in Legislative Updates, Meetings, Uncategorized
On August 23, 2016, Governor Brown signed SB 1436 (Bates), which mandates that local agencies report out certain information before changing the compensation or benefits of their “executives.”  Under this new law, legislative bodies (e.g., city councils, boards of supervisors, or boards of directors) for agencies must “orally report a summary of a recommendation” for… Continue Reading

NLRB Announces Ratification of Board “Recess Appointment” Decisions

Posted in Legislative Updates
Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court, in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning et. al., ruled that the appointment of three members of the National Labor Relations Board were not valid.  The appointments had taken place following the President invoking the “Recess Appointments Clause,” permitting the President to make appointments when the Senate… Continue Reading