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Employers Prohibited from Deterring or Discouraging Union Membership

Senate Bill (SB) 285 prohibits public employers from deterring or discouraging their employees from becoming or remaining members of a union.

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New Law Squeezes Local Ballot Measures for Bonds

A significant new law will require local public agencies to include additional information in summary statements for local ballot measures that raise taxes, including school district general obligation bond measures.

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State Adopts Comprehensive Housing Legislation

Facing one of the tightest housing markets in California history, state lawmakers have approved an extensive package of bills intended to maintain existing housing stocks and boost new housing construction. These bills become effective on January 1, 2018.

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New Laws Impact Employers' CalPERS Obligations

Governor Jerry Brown has signed three bills that significantly impact local agency obligations to the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) and impose penalties on employers running afoul of the law. Each of these bills will take effect on January 1, 2018.

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Asking Job Applicants about Criminal Conviction History: What You Need to Know about Assembly Bill 1008

Effective January 1, 2018, Assembly Bill (AB) 1008 amends the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to restrict an employer's ability to make hiring decisions based on a job applicant's criminal conviction history.

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New Law Requires Legal Consult Prior to Custodial Interrogation of Minor under Age 16

Beginning January 1, 2018, minors under the age of 16 must consult with legal counsel prior to a custodial interrogation and before waiving their Miranda rights.

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New Laws Ease Residency and Coursework Requirements for Children of Active Duty Military Personnel

A pair of new laws intended to ease residency and coursework requirements for students in military families will go into effect on January 1, 2018. Senate Bill (SB) 455 expands on prior legislation to permit students whose parents are on active duty military orders to remotely enroll in school, while Assembly Bill (AB) 365 extends coursework exemptions for other groups of transient students to chi

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Part-Time Playground Positions to Join Classified Service

School districts' part-time playground positions will join the classified service when Assembly Bill (AB) 670 becomes effective on January 1, 2018.

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Law Enforcement's Role in the New Sanctuary State

On October 5, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 54, known as the California Values Act, which sharply limits how state and local law enforcement authorities cooperate and coordinate with federal immigration officials. SB 54 seeks to protect the estimated 2.3 million undocumented immigrants in California in the face of the Trump Administration's calls for deportation.

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