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Governor Appoints Two New Members to the Public Employment Relations Board

On Friday, February 6, Governor Brown’s Office announced the appointment of two members of the Public Employment Relations Board:  Eric Banks, who is being reappointed, and Mark Gregersen, who many of you know as the Executive Director of the Public Management Group.  In addition, the Governor appointed Felix De La Torre as the Board’s General […]

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Federal Court Refuses To Enforce EEOC Administrative Subpoena Seeking Information From An Employer That Was Not Relevant To The Discrimination Charge Under Investigation

The investigatory authority of the EEOC is broad and, as many employers are painfully aware, includes the right to examine “any evidence of any person being investigated or proceeded against that relates to unlawful employment practices covered by [Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964] . . . and is relevant to the charge under […]

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Two Years After PEPRA Took Effect, Court Of Appeal Addresses The Issue Of MOU Impairment Resulting From The Implementation Of PEPRA Benefit Formulas And Employee Contribution Mandates

FACTS AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND The County of San Diego (County) and the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of San Diego County (DSA) were parties to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that specified a 3% at 55 retirement benefit formula for all employees hired after a specific date. The MOU also stated that the County would pay a […]

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Workplace Bullying in the Public Sector: ‘Policy’ Questions

As we discussed in the September 22, 2014, issue of California Employment Law Letter (see “Be prepared for new paid sick leave law and more in 2015!”), the California Legislature enacted Assembly Bill (AB) 2053, requiring employers to include antibullying (“abusive conduct”) training as part of their sexual harassment training effective January 1, 2015. So […]

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The Governor’s Busy Pen

Governor Brown has been busy signing new bills into law. These new laws are: AB 1443 (Skinner):Unpaid interns are protected under Harassment and Discrimination Laws AB 2053 (Gonzalez):  Mandatory Supervisor Training on Harassment and Discrimination  must now include education on work place bullying.  AB 1522 (Gonzalez):  Healthy Workplaces, Health Families Act of 2014 provides 3 paid sick […]

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