Aria Link is Senior Counsel in Lozano Smith's Walnut Creek office. Ms. Link specializes in the Labor and Employment, Student and Community College aspects of education law. Ms. Link regularly advises clients regarding personnel matters and labor law compliance, as well as student matters, and assists the firm's community college clients in a wide-variety of legal issues. Ms. Link has experience handling certificated and classified discipline and terminations. In addition, she frequently responds to DFEH and EEOC discrimination complaints, including preparing position statements responding to complaints.
Ms. Link earned her J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law (cum laude) and received the CALI and Witkin Awards for highest grade in Community Property and Contract Writing & Analysis. As a law student, she served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Edward M. Chen in the Northern District Court of California. Ms. Link also received a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in International Development Studies from University of California, Los Angeles (magna cum laude) where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Governor Jerry Brown recently signed several bills into law that impact student instruction for public schools. Senate Bill (SB) 830 and Assembly Bills (AB) 2015 and 2239 relate to media literacy, instruction regarding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Act Application, and the addition of courses to the "A-G" course list.
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A new law provides public employers and public sector unions with legal immunity under state law from claims to recover the deduction of mandatory agency fees, or "fair share" fees, collected before the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Janus v. AFSCME on June 27, 2018. Senate Bill (SB) 846 is effective immediately.
Prior to the Janus decision, the United States Supreme Court previously held that it was constitutional for public sector u...
Community college districts are generally immune from liability for injuries sustained in the course of field trips and excursions under the California Code of Regulations, title 5, section 55220. However, in Anselmo v. Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, an appellate court determined that such immunity does not apply to an injury sustained during an intercollegiate athletic tournament.
In this case, a community college hosted an intercoll...
Assembly Bill (AB) 1651 adds a new hurdle community college districts must clear before placing an academic employee on paid administrative leave. AB 1651 specifies new requirements for placing academic employees on paid administrative leave, including two days' advance notice of such a placement unless an exception applies. The bill becomes effective January 1, 2018.
Academic employees are individuals employed by a community college district in academic positio...
In Ellins v. City of Sierra Madre (Mar. 22, 2013) __ F.3d__ (2013 WL 1180299), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals considered whether John Ellins, a police officer for the City of Sierra Madre (City), had sufficiently alleged a First Amendment retaliation claim, where Ellins claimed that that the delay in his salary increase constituted retaliation for his exercise of free speech rights by way of leading an employee union no-confidence vote against the Chief of Police....