1. September 28, 2015

    Requesting Accommodation Is a Protected Activity

    BY: Lexe Davidson, Chesley Quaide

    On July 16, 2015, Governor Brown approved an amendment to Government Code section 12940 prohibiting an employer or other covered entity from retaliating, or otherwise discriminating, against a person for requesting accommodation of his or her disability or religious beliefs, regardless of whether the accommodation request was granted. The legislation stems from the Court of […] more

  2. September 16, 2015

    New Legislation Restricts Residency Investigations, Expands Residency to Live-in Employment

    BY: Amy Estrada, Constance Taylor

    In August 2015, the governor signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1101, which as of January 1, 2016 will prohibit school districts from undertaking investigations regarding a student’s residency unless the governing board has adopted a policy establishing protocols and limitations on that investigation process. AB 1101 adds section 48204.2 to the Education Code and requires the […] more

  3. September 8, 2015

    Labor Commissioner Issues Opinion Letter Confirming 30 Hours of Paid Sick Leave Must Be Provided to Employees Who Regularly Work 10-Hour Shifts

    BY: Tina Kannarr, Cathie Fields

    On August 7, 2015, California’s Labor Commissioner issued an Opinion Letter confirming earlier guidance that employees who regularly work 10-hour shifts must be given up to 30 hours of paid sick leave under the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014. California’s landmark sick leave law requires employers allow their employees to use “24 hours […] more

  4. September 3, 2015

    AB 215 Affects Superintendent Employment Contracts as of January 1, 2016

    BY: Cathie Fields

    On September 2, 2015, the Governor signed Assembly Bill 215, which imposes new requirements on school superintendents’ employment contracts entered into on or after January 1, 2016. Current law requires all employment contracts between an employee and a local agency employer (such as a school district) to include a limitation on the amount of a […] more

  5. August 25, 2015

    Department of Justice Accelerates Expectations for Website Accessibility

    BY: Jessica Armijo, Cathie Fields

    As discussed in our May 29, 2015 entry, “Website Accessibility Under the ADA,” the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), in the absence of regulations, recognized certain industry principles as guiding public accommodations when making websites accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Relying on such guidelines, businesses and public agencies reasonably believed providing website […] more

  6. August 19, 2015

    No New Laws to Guide Teacher Evaluation Process Negotiations for the 2015-2016 School Year

    BY: A. Christopher Duran, Todd Goluba

    During the 2015-2016 school year, many school districts will be studying changes to their teacher evaluation instruments and proposing changes to teacher evaluation procedures at the bargaining table.  High profile litigation filed recently in Contra Costa County, alleging unlawful collective bargaining agreement language in thirteen districts across the state, has highlighted the issue during the […] more

  7. August 17, 2015

    Title IX and Local Law Enforcement Coordination: The State’s Template Memorandum of Understanding Attempts to Help California Colleges Coordinate Their Title IX Compliance Efforts with Local Law Enforcement

    BY: Lisa Allred, Aaron O'Donnell, Stephen McLoughlin

    One of the most difficult areas of Title IX compliance is coordinating Title IX investigations with local law enforcement agencies.  If coordination is handled correctly, local law enforcement can provide vital assistance to colleges in their efforts to comply with Title IX, and the Clery Act by sharing information and resources.  However, violations of Title […] more

  8. July 27, 2015

    California Legislature Eliminates Personal Belief Exemption to Mandatory Vaccinations for Students (SB 277)

    BY: Carolyn L. Gemma, Scot Yarnell

    Current law requires that school age children receive vaccines for certain infectious diseases before admission to a public or private school or day care, unless an exemption applies. “Day care” includes child care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home or development center.  In certain circumstances, students may be conditionally admitted, after which […] more

  9. July 10, 2015

    Summer Jobs for Students Require Work Permits Issued by the School District

    BY: Anna J. Miller, Todd Goluba

    Summer is here, meaning some of your students will be taking on summer jobs. Although school may not be in session, all minors under 18 years of age (except in limited circumstances) must still have a permit to work. (Educ. Code § 49160, Labor Code § 1299.) Work permits are issued for employment at a […] more

  10. July 7, 2015

    Drones: Coming to a School Near You

    BY: Bryan Martin, Todd Goluba

    Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird!  It’s a plane! No…it’s an unmanned aerial device!  No longer the stuff of science fiction, we hear nearly every day about new stories in the media involving unmanned aerial devices – aka drones: La Guardia-Bound Jet Has Close Call with Drone (May 29, 2015, NBCNEWYORK.com) Dallas Cowboys […] more