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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...

Suspension of Limitation on Retired Annuitant Hours for Disaster Recovery Efforts in Wildfire Impacted Counties

  • By: Sophia Meyer
Suspension of Limitation on Retired Annuitant Hours for Disaster Recovery Efforts in Wildfire Impacted Counties Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-81-20 on September 25, 2020.  He ordered suspension of the retired annuitant work hour limitation of 960 hours per fiscal year in those counties in which he had declared a state of emergency due to the impact of wildfires.  The counties affected are as follows:  Butte, Del Norte, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Los...

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...

California Propositions Are Their Own Beast!

  • By: P.J. Van Ert
California Propositions Are Their Own Beast! In this election cycle, California voters are faced with several decisions to make following their fellow citizen’s use of the initiative power and placement of propositions on the ballot. Like most elections, many of those initiatives are related to taxation. A recent California appellate decision clarified an important issue about the required number of votes necessary for a proposition to pass...

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...