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Industrial Disability Retirement May Still Be Considered a Constructive Discharge

On January 28, 2020, the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District revived a former California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer’s claims that he was forced to quit because he is openly gay.

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FTC Issues New Guidance Regarding Child Online Privacy Law in Light of COVID-19

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools have transitioned to distance learning. Almost overnight, schools have become dependent on technology in order to provide students with education.

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Recent Executive Orders Increase Access to Childcare for Essentials Workers

In the wake of statewide school closures, workers combatting COVID-19 on the front lines have encountered difficulties finding childcare while they go to work.

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Federal Reserve Launches Municipal Liquidity Facility for Short Term Lending to Eligible States, Cities & Counties

The coronavirus global pandemic and the related shutdowns are causing far-reaching impacts on just about everyone and everything. As the economic toll continues to mount, state and local governments are seeing their tax revenue materially decline, due to decreases in both taxable sales transactions and taxable income.

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Classified Layoffs - in the Age of COVID-19

Public school districts are faced with unprecedented times this school year due to the global pandemic of coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, California public school districts closed down their facilities in the middle of March and are now preparing to end the school year in a distance learning environment.

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Pair of Cases Uphold School Districts’ Limitations on Parent Communications and Access to Campus

Parents have legal rights to access school campuses, advocate for their children, and otherwise be involved in their students' education. However, in a pair of recent cases, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, affirmed, again, that these rights are not unlimited, and are subject to restriction if parents cannot adhere to a school's standards of conduct.

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Public Agencies Must Disclose All Public Documents Regardless of the Record’s Origin

In Becerra v. Superior Court of San Francisco, California's First District Court of Appeal broadened the definition of documents that public agencies must provide pursuant to a request made under the Public Records Act (PRA), to include records in the possession of the agency regardless of the record's origin.

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Court of Appeal Issues Opinion in School Districts’ Favor in Latest Round of P.E. Minutes Litigation

In the latest chapter of litigation over physical education (P.E.) minutes, the Court of Appeal recently issued an unpublished opinion in Cal200, Inc. v. Apple Valley Unified School District.

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New Brown Act Case Clarifies Brown Act’s Pending Litigation Exception When Litigation is Orally Threatened

On February 10, 2020, the California Court of Appeal decidedFowler v. City of Lafayette (2020) __ Cal.App.5th __, concluding a five-year dispute among neighbors involving the construction of a tennis court cabana on private residential property.

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