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New Law Eases Path to School Employee Housing

As a result of California's affordable housing crisis, school districts face challenges in retaining teachers and school district employees, particularly in regions with high housing costs.

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State Allocation Board Adopts Developer Fee Increases

The State Allocation Board (SAB) has increased the amount of "Level 1" developer fees that school districts are authorized to collect to $3.79 per square foot of residential development and $0.61 per square foot of commercial development.

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Retiree Work Hour Limitation Suspended for Fire and Mudslide Response Work

Governor Jerry Brown has suspended the 960-hour per year work hour limit for retired annuitants who assist California counties battling fires and mudslides.

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Student Athlete's Right to Kneel during National Anthem Likely 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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