Erin M. Hamor is an Associate in Lozano Smith's Sacramento office. She represents public agency clients through legal issues related to Labor & Employment and Students.
Prior to joining Lozano Smith, Ms. Hamor worked for an Office of the County Counsel. As a Graduate Law Clerk, she advised County agencies and the Board of Supervisors on public entity matters including public contracting, labor and employment matters, Brown Act compliance, ADA compliance, land use and zoning, property taxation, and public health and safety matters. She drafted, analyzed, and reviewed terms and conditions of contracts, standard services agreements, and purchasing agreements. She also collaborated with County agencies to draft ordinances and policy for the County.
Ms. Hamor earned her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Gonzaga University, and was a University Regents’ Scholar and was on the University President’s List.
This news brief is intended for public school districts, including community colleges. For the Janus news brief intended for municipalities and special districts, click here.
Overturning a longstanding precedent, the United States Supreme Court has held in Janus v. AFSCME that public employees may not be compelled to pay mandatory agency fees, or "fair share" fees, to public-sector unions, because such fees violate the First Amendment.
The Janus decision will hav...
Governor Jerry Brown has signed three bills that significantly impact local agency obligations to the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) and impose penalties on employers running afoul of the law. Each of these bills will take effect on January 1, 2018.
Assembly Bill 1309: CalPERS May Fine Employers for Failing to Report Hiring and Payroll Data when Employing Retired Annuitants
Under Assembly Bill (AB) 1309, CalPERS may now fine employer...
The State Board of Education (State Board) recently approved Policy No. 17-01 (Policy), which permits the board to issue temporary waivers to nonclassroom-based charter schools operating "resource centers" outside the geographical boundaries of their chartering school district. The State Board's decision comes on the heels of a closely watched charter school decision, Anderson Union High School District v. Shasta Secondary Home School (2016) 4 Cal.App.5th 262 (Ander...
A California Court of Appeal has held that a county board of education may not grant exemptions from zoning ordinances under Government Code section 53094. ( San Jose Unified School District v. Santa Clara County Office of Education (Jan 24, 2017, No. H041088) ___ Cal.App.5th ___ < http://www.courts. ca.gov/opinions/documents/H041088.PDF >.) Specifically, county boards may not exempt the charter schools they authorize from zoning ordinances. School districts ...
Governor Jerry Brown considered several bills this legislative season that impact the rights of public employees and their employers. In this first part of a two-part series, Lozano Smith examines four new laws with the greatest potential impact on public employers in 2017, plus two major bills the Governor vetoed.
Assembly Bill (AB) 1918: County Offices of Education May Issue Temporary Certificates to Teachers Working in Nonpublic Schools while their Credential...
Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law three bills impacting school districts in the areas of pupil curriculum, graduation requirements for juvenile court school pupils and military dependent pupil residency requirements.
Assembly Bill (AB) 2016: High School Ethnic Studies Curriculum
Under AB 2016, the Instructional Quality Commission will develop a comprehensive model curriculum for ethnic studies instruction in high schools. The new law will provide a...