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    Posts by Alexandria Davidson

    Alexandria Davidson represents California public school districts as general counsel.  She has experience with employment-related matters, including certificated and classified employee discipline, reductions of force ...

Sworn Witness Declarations in Student Discipline Cases

Often, the concept of requiring a student to testify before an administrative hearing panel is daunting.  Our students live in a difficult world of rumors, public humiliation broadcast on social media, and threatening messages sent by text and over the Internet.  It is no wonder that most students readily indicate they are afraid of testifying against a student accused of misconduct, and our site and District administrators are reluctant to put a student through the process.

Materials distributed during our Education Law Technology Symposium in September 2015 included pending federal and state bills, the passage of which would affect colleges and universities, community colleges, and K-12 school districts in California. Governor Brown signed into law two bills mentioned in those materials, Senate Bill 570 and Assembly Bill 964, which relate to obligations of agencies in ...

Categories: Legislation, Technology

On July 16, 2015, Governor Brown approved an amendment to Government Code section 12940 prohibiting an employer or other covered entity from retaliating, or otherwise discriminating, against a person for requesting accommodation of his or her disability or religious beliefs, regardless of whether the accommodation request was granted.

The legislation stems from the Court of Appeal’s decision in Rope ...

On April 12, 2012, the California Supreme Court issued its long awaited decision in Brinker Restaurant Corporation v. Superior Court regarding an employer's duty to authorize and permit non-exempt employees to take rest periods, to provide meal periods to non-exempt employees, and the timing of each. The Brinker court held while employers "must afford employees uninterrupted half-hour periods in which they are relieved of any duty or employer control and are free to come and go as they please," employers are not required to "police" meal breaks. Further, the Brinker court clarified the amount of rest period time an employee is entitled to based on the length of his or her work day, and the timing of the rest period. The Court explained, "employers are subject to a duty to make a good faith effort to authorize and permit rest breaks in the middle of each work period, but may deviate from that preferred course where practical considerations render it unfeasible." Importantly, the Brinker court held an employer is liable for wages for working during the meal period if the employer "knew or should have known" that the employee was working through the meal period.

Categories: Labor/Employment

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

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