1. September 20, 2016

    Judge Reinforces Local District Control and Flexibility in Use of Student Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations

    BY: Mark Bresee, Alyssa Ruiz de Esparza, Tony De Marco

    With much media fanfare, in July, 2015 the advocacy group Students Matter filed a lawsuit against 13 large school districts, alleging these districts are failing to comply with the provision of state law regarding the use of scores on state-mandated assessments in teacher evaluations.  AALRR represented five of the districts.  Yesterday Superior Court Judge Barry […] more

  2. September 19, 2016

    Workplace Disability Issues: California Court of Appeal Suggests, without Deciding, Employers Must Accommodate Employees’ Association with Disabled Individuals

    BY: Jacquelyn Takeda, Cathie Fields

    On August 29, 2016, a California Court of Appeal backed away from an earlier a decision that employers must accommodate employees based on their association with individuals with a disability. (Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express (Aug. 29, 2016) 2016 WL 45066089.) Before the court’s groundbreaking holding in April 2016, as reported in this post, no court had […] more

  3. August 26, 2016

    U.S. Department of Labor Revises Two Required Posters

    BY: Cathie Fields, Alyssa Ruiz de Esparza

    New regulations from the U.S. Department of Labor require employers (public and private) to post a revised Federal Minimum Wage poster and a revised Federal Employee Polygraph Act poster effective August 1, 2016. The Federal Minimum Wage Poster now includes a section describing the rights of nursing mothers under the Fair Labor Standards Act. It […] more

  4. August 24, 2016

    Court Denies CBIA’s Request for Preliminary Injunction Aimed at Stalling Imposition of Level III Developer Fees

    BY: Martin A. Hom, Lindsay Thorson, Andreas Chialtas

    At the May 25, 2016, State Allocation Board (SAB) meeting, the SAB authorized, for the first time ever, the imposition of Level III Developer Fees finding that no state funds were available for new construction projects.  On May 26, 2016, in response to California Building Industry Association (CBIA) filing a Petition for Writ of Mandate […] more

  5. August 18, 2016

    FCC Issues Declaratory Ruling on “Robocalls” and Text Messages Sent by Schools

    BY: Sharon Ormond, Lisa Allred, Shawna McKee, Theo Lieu

    The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) was enacted in 1991 to lessen the impact of calling practices that invade consumer privacy and threaten public safety.  One such intrusive calling practice is known as a “robocall.”  Robocalls are made either with an automated telephone dialing system (autodialer) or with a prerecorded or artificial voice.  The TCPA […] more

  6. August 9, 2016

    EEOC Limits on Disability-Related Inquiries Regarding Employee Participation in Employer-Sponsored Wellness Plans

    BY: Georgelle Cuevas, Todd Goluba

    Earlier this year the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published an official Final Rule to amend the Regulations and the accompanying Interpretive Guidance implementing Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  This Final Rule affects all wellness programs that include disability-related inquiries and/or medical examinations and requires that all health programs must be […] more

  7. August 5, 2016

    IRS Issues Proposed Regulations on Eligible Benefit “Opt-Out” Arrangements

    BY: Cathie Fields, William Diedrich

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 made unprecedented changes to health benefit plans. The most sweeping ACA provisions took effect in 2014; other provisions have been delayed from their original implementation target dates. The Internal Revenue Service, the agency responsible for enforcing many of the ACA’s tax implications, has issued various regulations under the […] more

  8. July 14, 2016

    School Districts and Colleges Can Regulate Possession of Weapons on Campus

    BY: Daphne B. Hall, Alan Atlas, Cathie Fields, Georgelle Cuevas

    California’s Gun-Free School Zone Act (Penal Code section 626.9) makes possessing a firearm in a school zone punishable as a crime.  Criminal liability attaches unless the individual (1) has obtained the permission of the school district superintendent or equivalent school authority to carry a firearm or (2) falls within the exemptions under the statute. The […] more

  9. June 14, 2016

    Newly-Unveiled Office for Civil Rights Data Shows Persistent Gaps in Educational Equity

    BY: Peter Denno, Todd Goluba

    On June 7, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) provided the public with a “First Look” at the data gathered during its biennial Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) for the 2013-2014 school year. In its accompanying press release, OCR highlighted data points that reveal persistent disparities in educational equity and […] more

  10. May 31, 2016

    Workplace Disability Issues: California Employers Must Accommodate Employees’ Association with Disabled Individuals

    BY: Jacquelyn Takeda, Cathie Fields

    On April 6, 2016, a California Court of Appeal determined that under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) an employer has an obligation to provide a reasonable accommodation for an employee’s association with a disabled individual. (Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, Inc. (2016) 246 Cal.App.4th 180.)  To date, no other court has decided that […] more