Chesley Quaide focuses on education law and labor relations and employment/labor law. He served as General Counsel of the Merced County Office of Education from 1991-2004, and has served as General Counsel of the Stanislaus County Office of Education since 1996 and the San Joaquin County Office of Education since 2006.
Before joining the firm in 1990, Mr. Quaide represented unions and individuals in state and federal court proceedings and law and motion hearings, before civil service and police commissions, in Skelly hearings, internal investigations, unemployment insurance appeals boards and in all aspects of employee grievance procedures while working as an associate for a San Francisco union labor law firm.
Mr. Quaide has served as lead counsel in two cases that have led to published California Court of Appeal decisions establishing important precedential rights for school districts.
- In California Teachers Association v. Governing Board of the Hilmar Unified School District, 95 Cal.App.4th 183 (2002), the court upheld a school district’s right to negotiate with a certificated union regarding salary compensation based on factors other than years of training and years of experience. In this case, the school district had negotiated with its certificated union to pay a one-time bonus to returning unit members, but the union and some non-returning teachers sued the school district, alleging that this agreement violated Education Code 45028 (the uniform salary schedule statute).
- In Ripon Unified School District v. Messick, 177 Cal. App. 4th 1379 (2009), the court upheld the right of school districts to discipline and terminate tenured teachers for failing to obtain EL (“CLAD”) certification.
News & Publications
Events & Speaking Engagements
Mr. Quaide is a certified FRISK® and AB 1825 Sexual Harassment trainer. He also has presented numerous workshops and lectures on a variety of issues including collective bargaining, the Brown Act, grand juries, and other matters of interest to the educational community.
Alerts & Articles
Mr. Quaide is an active contributor to the firm’s various publications.
- EdLawConnect Blog, 01.15.2019
- EdLawConnect Blog, 11.28.2016
- EdLawConnect Blog, 05.19.2016
- Labor & Employment Law Blog, 09.28.2015
- EdLawConnect Blog, 09.28.2015
- EdLawConnect Blog, 08.25.2014
- Recent U.S. Supreme Court Cell Phone Search Decisions do not Change the Standard for School District Searches, But Emphasize Cell Phone PrivacyEdLawConnect Blog, 08.13.2014
- How Do You Verify Age and Residency? Recent DOJ/OCR Guidance Reminds Districts Not to Discourage Student Enrollment or Exclude Students based on Citizenship or Immigration StatusEdLawConnect Blog, 08.12.2014
- Case Pending Before California Supreme Court Could Drastically Impact School District Employee EvaluationsEdLawConnect Blog, 07.31.2014
- EdLawConnect Blog, 03.18.2014
- EdLawConnect Blog, 02.24.2014
- EdLawConnect Blog, 02.20.2014
- EdLawConnect Blog, 02.18.2014
- EdLawConnect Blog, 11.08.2013
- Does California’s Anti-Bullying Legislation (AB 256) Encourage Schools to Go Too Far in Disciplining for Off-Campus Electronic Acts?EdLawConnect Blog, 10.28.2013
- EdLawConnect Blog, 08.15.2013
- EdLawConnect Blog, 06.26.2013
- Court of Appeal Reverses Conviction of School District’s Independent Contractor on Conflict of Interest ChargesEdLawConnect Blog, 06.17.2013
- EdLawConnect Blog, 06.06.2013
- EdLawConnect Blog, 05.21.2013
- EdLawConnect Blog, 04.29.2013
- California Senate Bill Urges Increased Availability of Online College Courses and Extension of the California Virtual Campus through 2017EdLawConnect Blog, 04.24.2013
- EdLawConnect Blog, 03.21.2013
- EdLawConnect Blog, 03.04.2013
- EdLawConnect Blog, 02.04.2013
- Labor & Employment Law Blog, 01.23.2013
- EdLawConnect Blog, 01.22.2013
- EdLawConnect Blog, 12.03.2012
- EdLawConnect Blog, 10.16.2012
- Labor & Employment Law Blog, 10.10.2012
- EdLawConnect Blog, 10.09.2012
- EdLawConnect Blog, 08.01.2012
- EdLawConnect Blog, 07.18.2012
- Pending Legislation Could Limit Access to Individuals’ Social Media Accounts by Employers, Colleges, and UniversitiesEdLawConnect Blog, 07.09.2012
- EdLawConnect Blog, 05.11.2012
- Bill That Would Have Punished Student-Teacher Dating, Opposed by California Federation of Teachers, FailsEdLawConnect Blog, 04.20.2012
- While Insults About Teachers and School Administrators May Result in Injury, They Might Not Always Result in Student DisciplineEdLawConnect Blog, 04.16.2012
- The "Secret" Exemption to the Brown Act Enjoyed by California K-12 School and Community College DistrictsEdLawConnect Blog, 03.26.2012
- EdLawConnect Blog, 01.25.2012
- New Law Imposing Limitations on Some School Administrator Contracts, and Governing Board Action on These Contracts, Leaves Many Unanswered QuestionsEdLawConnect Blog, 12.07.2011