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    Jabari Willis' practice focuses on representing public entities, including school districts, in labor and employment and education law matters. His experience includes matters related to certificated and classified ...

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced on May 6 a pilot program to digitally transmit documents related to employment discrimination charges. The program, called ACT Digital, will roll out in 11 of EEOC’s 53 offices by the end of this month. Only one of the pilot program locations, EEOC’s San Francisco office, is in California.

The EEOC enforces federal laws that prohibit ...

In Knox v. Service Employees International Union, Local 1000 the United States Supreme Court held that California unions must receive "opt-in" consent of non-members before charging special fees for political purposes expenses, instead of the regular "opt out" practice. The Supreme Court also held that unions must provide an additional "Hudson notice" (a notice to service fee payers of the "fair share ...

In Renee v. Duncan (Renee III), issued May 10, 2012, the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that a Department of Education regulation allowing "intern teachers" to meet the No Child Left Behind ("NCLB") definition of highly qualified continued to violate the text of NCLB, but acknowledged that a 2010 action by Congress amended federal law, at least temporarily, to permit the Department of ...

On February 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued a “notice of proposed rule making,” describing proposed revisions to regulations under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA). These regulations are proposed primarily to implement recent amendments to the military leave provisions.

The FMLA entitles eligible employees to take job-protected, unpaid leave ...

Categories: Labor/Employment

In Palomar Community College District (2011) PERB Decision No. 2213-E, the Public Employment Relations Board (“Board”) clarified that a side letter of agreement between parties does not automatically expire when the parties reach agreement on a subsequent collective bargaining agreement ("CBA").

In Palomar, the employer issued a letter of reprimand based on a 2005 side letter addressing ...
Categories: Labor/Employment

On October 9, 2011, Governor Brown signed AB 1156.  The law, similar to AB 9 (also approved by Governor Brown on October 9, 2011, and about which we previously reported), is an anti-bullying measure aimed at giving victims of bullying priority or special consideration for interdistrict transfers.  The law amends Sections 32261 (Interagency School Safety Demonstration Act of 1985), 32282, 32283, 46600, and 48900 of the Education Code.

Categories: Student Issues

On October 9, 2011, Governor Brown signed AB 9, also known as Seth's Law.  The law is an anti-bullying measure aimed at giving public schools tools to prevent and address bullying through mandatory policies and systems to help discourage harassment, track incidents when they do occur and create a safe school environment for all students.  The bill is named in memory of Seth Walsh, a 13-year-old gay student who ...
Categories: Student Issues

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