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Legislative Update: Changes in DOJ Background Checks and Expansion of the Statewide Immunization Database

Two important bills, Senate Bill (SB) 731 and Assembly Bill (AB) 1797, were enacted in September, impacting the information available to school districts conducting background checks, and expanding the use of a Statewide immunization database.

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Legislature Addresses Affordable Workforce Housing on School District and County Office of Education Property

On September 28, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 2295, which allows a school district or county office of education (local educational agency or LEA) that meets certain criteria to utilize its surplus property to provide affordable housing to its employees.

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Legislation Roundup: New Holidays, Extended Statute of Limitations for Mandatory Reporter Violations, and Health Benefits for Striking Employees

September was a busy month for Governor Newsom, who signed into law several bills which will have a significant impact on public employers.

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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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Ninth Circuit Requires Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies in Sprawling Distance Learning Lawsuit

In a highly anticipated decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Martinez v. Newsom (9th Cir. 2022) 46 F.4th 965, recently determined that a class action lawsuit brought by four students and their parents against all school districts in California lacked jurisdiction to be heard in federal district court, was moot in some respects in light of the return to in-person instruction, and that re

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AB 2508: Reimagining Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in Schools

The COVID-19 pandemic certainly exacerbated, and in some ways highlighted, the challenges posed by student mental health issues.

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Discrimination Prohibited for Cannabis Use While Away from Employment

Governor Newsom recently signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 2188, which prohibits employers from discriminating against job applicants and current employees for cannabis use off the job and away from the workplace beginning January 1, 2024.

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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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AB 185 Authorizes Alternative Design-Build Construction for K-12 School Districts

Governor Newsom signed the Education Omnibus Trailer Bill (AB 185) on September 27, 2022, which included authorization for K-12 school districts to use “alternative design-build” contracts for public works projects.

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