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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...

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...

What Now? Cautionary Tale of a Termination with a Twist

  • By: David Prentice
What Now? Cautionary Tale of a Termination with a Twist Every now and then, a public agency will make a mistake in the handling of a personnel matter.  The following is a cautionary tale with a twist.The City/County of San Francisco terminated a police officer.  The California Court of Appeal subsequently concluded that the officer’s discharge was wrongful.  As a result of the holding, the Court ordered that the discharge...