1. November 30, 2016

    New Handbook Published by State Chancellor’s Office Highlights Best Practices to Promote Diversity in Hiring

    BY: Georgelle Cuevas, Todd Goluba

    On November 22, 2016, the State Chancellor’s Office for California Community Colleges and the Statewide EEO and Diversity Advisory Committee published a new EEO and Diversity Best Practices Handbook.  This Handbook provides examples of community colleges which have implemented each of the nine “multiple methods” of promoting Equal Employment Opportunity (“EEO”).  The full Handbook containing […] more

  2. November 28, 2016

    Texas Federal Court Halts Implementation of New Federal Overtime Rule Nationwide

    BY: Sharon Ormond, Todd M. Robbins, Chesley Quaide

    On November 22, 2016, a federal court in the Eastern District of Texas halted implementation the Department of Labor’s rule amending the salary basis test for overtime exemptions in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The rule was scheduled to take effect December 1, 2016.  (Nevada v. DOL (E.D.Tex. 11/22/16) No. 4:16-cv-00731.) The court granted […] more

  3. October 11, 2016

    FPPC Increases Gift Limit for Calendar Years 2017 and 2018 to $470

    BY: Cathie Fields, Warren Kinsler

    The Political Reform Act imposes limits on gifts and payments received by local elected officers and designated employees of local government agencies—individuals who are required to file statements of economic interests (aka Form 700) under a local agency’s conflict of interest code. A “gift” is a payment or other benefit that confers a personal benefit […] more

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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