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Mask Mandate, Suggestion or Law?

  • By: Kelsey Walsh
Mask Mandate, Suggestion or Law?

This year has been rough, and in the land of COVID misinformation abounds, leaving many with questions, such as, “Do I really have to wear a mask?” There have been numerous executive orders issued since March, 2020, all seemingly the same and at the same time contradicting one another. Early on in the pandemic the back and forth surrounding the...

New Use of Force Regulations

  • By: Kelsey Walsh
New Use of Force Regulations

New laws restricting use of force by police were passed by Governor Newsom this year in response to the public outcry spurred by the events which took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the ultimate death of George Floyd.  Protests took place in every state across the nation decrying police brutality.  While every state was forced to examine these issues, no...

My Employee has COVID, Who Must I Tell?

  • By: Sophia Meyer
My Employee has COVID, Who Must I Tell?

AB 685 – COVID-19 Employer Notice and Reporting Requirements: 

Signed into law on September 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom set forth standards that employers must follow to provide notice to employees and report information related to COVID-19 exposures to local public health agencies.  

AB 685 specifically requires employers to provide the following four notices related to potential COVID-19 exposures in the...

New State Rules for Employing Minors

  • By: Margaret E. Long
New State Rules for Employing Minors

A new California law has created additional requirements for employers that have workers (including volunteers) under the age of 18. 

AB 1963 amends the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act to add to the list of mandatory reporters a human resources employee and frontline supervisor of an agency with five or more workers and that employs minors.

This means that if an...

No More Thumbs Up on Social Media

  • By: Margaret E. Long
No More Thumbs Up on Social Media

On September 18, 2020, Governor Newson signed Assembly Bill (AB) 992 into law. AB 992 amends the Brown Act's provisions concerning serial meetings by addressing, for the first time, the use of social media by members of a legislative body. AB 992, which amends Government Code section 54952.2, clarifies what kind of communications a public official may have on social media and...

What in the World is a “Past Practice” and Why do I Care?

  • By: David Prentice
What in the World is a “Past Practice” and Why do I Care?

In the world of public employment and the labor negotiations, the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the employer and bargaining unit is a valued and protected document.  Indeed, many MOUs contain a “zipper” clause.  This prevents either the employer or employee group from attempts to reopen the agreement during its term.  The point, is that both sides want finality and...