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    Aaron O'Donnell represents California community college districts, universities, and school districts in education and employment-related matters. He provides experienced advice and counsel to clients in all aspects ...

As has been widely reported in the media, earlier this month a Rutgers University student was convicted of bias crimes for homophobia-motivated webcam spying on his roommate, who committed suicide after learning of the spying. The case has focused attention on the phenomenon of bullying on college and university campuses.

As noted in a recent AALRR alert, the March 1, 2012, decision of the Court of Appeal in Stockton Teachers Association v. Stockton Unified School District held that certificated employees hired into categorically funded positions pursuant to temporary contracts may nevertheless have the rights of probationary employees with respect to seniority, eligibility for tenure, and rehire rights after layoff. Although the case involved certificated employees of a K-12 district, the case has significant implications for community college districts as well in both the short- and long-term.

Categories: Higher Education

As we reach the approximate midpoint of the academic year, we believe it is important for employers to look ahead to nonreelections and year-end performance evaluations of permanent employees.  We therefore remind our readers of important procedural considerations in the evaluation process, and also offer some substantive tips in preparing evaluation documents.

All education employers should be making ...
Categories: Labor/Employment

On December 2, 2011, the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) jointly issued guidelines on the voluntary use of race to achieve diversity in postsecondary education and to achieve diversity and avoid racial isolation in elementary and secondary schools within the framework of Titles IV and VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S ...

Effective January 1, 2012, SB 8 amends the higher-education provisions of the Education Code (72690 et seq.; 89913 et seq.; and 92950 et seq.) to require auxiliary organizations of the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California to comply with disclosure provisions essentially similar to the California Public Records Act, subject to certain ...
Categories: Higher Education

On October 9, 2011, Governor Brown announced the signing of AB 501, subjecting community college auxiliary organizations and joint powers agencies comprised of educational agencies to the Educational Employment Relations Act (“EERA”).  These entities will now have the same obligations as school and community college districts and county offices of education in matters of labor relations and ...
Categories: Labor/Employment

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