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Student Athlete's Right to Kneel during National Anthem Protected by the First Amendment

A federal district court in California has granted a preliminary injunction blocking a school district's policy requiring student athletes to stand during the national anthem at school sporting events.

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Tax Bill Eliminates Advance Refunding Opportunities

On December 22, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, putting into place the most sweeping tax reform seen in three decades, including significant cuts to corporate and individual tax rates.

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Opioid Testing Now Required for Employees in Safety-Sensitive Transportation Positions

Effective January 1, 2018, the federal Department of Transportation (DOT) will require safety-sensitive transportation employees, such as county, city, and school district bus drivers, to be tested for prescription opioids in an effort to tackle opioid abuse.

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Schools May Discipline Students for “Liking” Offensive, Targeted Social Media Posts

A federal district court has ruled that schools may discipline students for "liking" offensive, targeted social media posts.

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School District Bid Threshold Raised for 2018

School districts' bid threshold for purchases of equipment, materials, supplies and services (except construction services) has been adjusted to $90,200, effective January 1, 2018.

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When is Paid Administrative Leave an Adverse Employment Action?

On November 15, 2017, a California appellate court held in Whitehall v. County of San Bernardino that paid administrative leave can constitute an adverse employment action in certain circumstances.

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Employers Prohibited from Deterring or Discouraging Union Membership

Senate Bill (SB) 285 prohibits public employers from deterring or discouraging their employees from becoming or remaining members of a union.

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New Law Squeezes Local Ballot Measures for Bonds

A significant new law will require local public agencies to include additional information in summary statements for local ballot measures that raise taxes, including school district general obligation bond measures.

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State Adopts Comprehensive Housing Legislation

Facing one of the tightest housing markets in California history, state lawmakers have approved an extensive package of bills intended to maintain existing housing stocks and boost new housing construction. These bills become effective on January 1, 2018.

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