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Overturning Longstanding Precedent, Supreme Court Rules that Non-Union Members Cannot Be Required to Pay Agency Fees

In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court has held that non-union public employees may no longer be required to pay mandatory agency fees on the grounds that such fees violate the First Amendment. In so holding, Janus v. AFSCME reverses 40 years of legal precedent.

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Supreme Court Rules Public Sector Union Agency Fees Are Unlawful

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.

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New Rules for Use of Federal Funds Effective July 1: Are You Ready?

New requirements for using federal funds become effective this coming fiscal year. The requirements apply to non-federal entities such as school districts, institutions of higher learning, and state and local governments.

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Supreme Court Opinion on Wedding Cake for Same-Sex Couples Provides Cautionary Tale for Public Entities

On June 4, 2018, the United States Supreme Court decided theMasterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case in a 7-2 decision. While this case had the potential to provide new guidance on the complex intersection between the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals and the rights of individuals to religious freedom, Justice Anthony Kennedy's opinion is narrow and leaves many qu

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Ninth Circuit Rules Employee’s Prior Salary Cannot be used as Basis for Wages

The Ninth Circuit ruled in Rizo v. Yovino that using an employee's prior salary as a basis for establishing their initial salary is a violation of the federal Equal Pay Act.

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Another Court Rules that Consultant Contracts May be Void Due to Conflict of Interest

A school district consultant's services agreements may be void under Government Code section 1090, even though the consultant is not an officer or employee of the school district.

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Court Rules that Trump's Viewpoint-Based Twitter Blocking Violates the First Amendment

In Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, et al. v. Donald J. Trump, et al., the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that President Donald J. Trump's act of blocking Twitter users who criticized his policies from the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account violated the users' right to free speech.

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Alert: California Public Records Act Requests Regarding Lease-Leaseback Procedures

Many school districts throughout the state have recently received one or more California Public Records Act (CPRA) requests from the California Taxpayers Action Network (CalTAN) and the Carlin Law Group regarding lease-leaseback (LLB) transactions.

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California Supreme Court Limits Employers' Ability to Classify Workers as Independent Contractors

In Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County, the California Supreme Court adopted a new test for determining whether a worker should be considered an employee or an independent contractor for the purposes of wage orders adopted by California's Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC).

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