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New Legislation Expands Employee Leave Rights

Assembly Bill (AB) 152 went into effect immediately and extended the requirement to provide eligible employees with supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL) through December 31, 2022.

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New Options for Local Legislative Bodies to Access Public Meetings Remotely

State lawmakers have given members of local legislative bodies a new option for remote participation in public agency meetings.

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Senate Bill 1100 Addresses Disruptive Public Conduct at Public Meetings

On August 21, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 1100, which authorizes the presiding member of a legislative body to remove disruptive individuals during a public meeting.

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Ninth Circuit Backs Fellowship of Christian Athletes Over Non-Discrimination Policy

In a recently decided case, Fellowship of Christian Athletes v. San Jose Unified School District Board of Education (9th Cir. Aug. 29, 2022, No. 22-15827), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a federal district court and determined that the San Jose Unified School District’s use of its non-discrimination policy against the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) likely violat

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California Supreme Court Affirms Public School Districts Cannot be Sued Under Unruh Civil Rights Act for Disability Discrimination

The California Supreme Court recently upheld a lower court ruling that a public school district is not a “business establishment” and therefore cannot be liable for disability discrimination under California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act (Unruh Act or Act).

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New Law Mandates Schools to Annually Inform Parents of Safe Storage of Firearms and Expands Reporting of Middle School and High School Threats to Law Enforcement

On July 21, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 906, creating new obligations for local educational agencies (LEAs) designed to prevent firearm-related incidents at schools and addressing threats made by students in middle schools and high schools.

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Ninth Circuit Holds Blocking Public from Officials' Social Media Accounts May Violate First Amendment

New case law suggests social media accounts created by public officials may be considered public forums subject to constitutional scrutiny under the First Amendment.

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United States Supreme Court Speaks on Government Versus Private Speech in Residents' Display of Flags on Public Property

In Shurtleff v. City of Boston (2022) 142 S.Ct. 1583 (Shurtleff), the United States Supreme Court, for the first time, addressed a topic that presents a common and growing issue for public agencies related to the intersection between government versus private speech.

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Governor Newsom's Executive Order Regarding Economic Sanctions on Russia Creates Confusion for Local Agencies

On March 4, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-6-22 in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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