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PERB Affirms Test For Determining When A Public Employer May Discipline Employees Acting As Union Representatives

In a recent decision, the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) affirmed its test for what it considers to be protected activity when employees are acting as union representatives.

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Shift In Funding Obligation For Some Occupational And Physical Therapy Services Required By Student's Individualized Education Programs

This summer Governor Brown approved Assembly Bill (AB) 1467 which, among other things, clarified that the burden of providing educationally necessary occupational therapy and physical therapy services for students whose individualized education programs (IEP) required these services rests with the responsible local educational agencies, not with California Children's Services (CCS).

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Governor Approves Bills Affecting the Health and Science Curriculum in Schools, GATE Program Standards, and Observance of the Labor Movement

On September 26, 2012, Governor Brown signed into law two bills that change pupil curriculum in the areas of organ procurement and tissue donation, as well as school districts' observance of the labor movement.

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Refusal To Sign Acknowledgement Of Disciplinary Notice Disqualifies Employee From Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Employees who are terminated for misconduct are generally disqualified from receiving unemployment insurance benefits.

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Governor Signs New Law Increasing Employee Social Media Privacy Rights

Recently, California law did not expressly prohibit employers from asking employees for their usernames and passwords in order to access and view employee's personal social media accounts.

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Administrative Hearing Officers May Rule On Pitchess Motions Concerning Relevant Police Officer Personnel Records

In the mid-1970s, the case of Pitchess v. Superior Court (1974) 11 Cal.3d 531, led to the enactment of a statute that provides, with limited exceptions, for the confidentiality of

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