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School District Bid Threshold Raised for 2017

According to the California Department of Education Office of Financial Accountability and Information Services, the bid threshold for K-12 school districts' purchases of equipment, materials, supplies and services (except construction services) has been adjusted to $88,300, effective January 1, 2017.

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Proposition 64: Legal and Practical Considerations

On November 8, 2016, California voters passed the "Control, Regulation and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act" ("Prop. 64"), legalizing recreational marijuana use for those 21 years old and older.

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Labor and Employment Legislative Update, Part Two

Governor Jerry Brown considered several bills this legislative season that impact the rights of public employees and their employers.

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Labor and Employment Legislative Update, Part One

Governor Jerry Brown considered several bills this legislative season that impact the rights of public employees and their employers.

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Partial Pay for Baby Bonding Leave Extended to Classified and Community College Employees

On September 30, 2016, the Governor signed AB 2393, which extends the rights afforded under AB 375 to classified employees of school and community college districts and community college academic positions. This bill also clarifies baby bonding leave rights for certificated employees provided under AB 375. The law becomes effective on January 1, 2017.

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New Claims Resolution Process Will Apply to All Public Contracts Effective January 1, 2017

Effective January 1, 2017, a new claims resolution process will be required for all public works projects.

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Federal Appeals Court Affirms Constitutionality of Student Conduct Code, but Allows Free Speech Retaliation Claim against University to Proceed

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a university's request to dismiss a student's lawsuit alleging retaliation for protected speech under the First Amendment.

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California Supreme Court Rules That Retirement is a Form of Quitting Under the Labor Code

October 2016 Number 71 The California Supreme Court has ruled that retirement is a form of quitting under the prompt payment protections in California's Labor Code.

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Gotta Catch 'Em All: Spotting the Issues Augmented Reality Games Raise for Public Agencies

September 2016 Number 59 Released in July 2016, Pokémon Go is a technological and gaming sensation that swept across the country, where players use their mobile devices to locate Pokémon (virtual creatures) in the real world.

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