1. April 16, 2015

    Assembly Bill 219 – Seeking to Expand Definition of “Public Work” to Include Delivery of Ready-Mix Concrete

    BY: Suparna Jain, Bryce Chastain, Hugh Lee

    Newly introduced AB 219 seeks to amend Labor Code section 1720.3, relating to the definition of “public works.”  Existing law defines “public works,” for purposes of requirements regarding the payment of prevailing wages for public works projects, to include, among other things, the hauling of refuse from a public works site to an outside disposal […] more

  2. April 3, 2015

    Holding Educational Employees Accountable for Responsible Use of Social Media

    BY: Stephanie White, Todd Goluba

    The use of social media by teachers and other school employees can have positive effects on the educational environment.  For example, social media can promote collaboration among teachers, and can provide an effective means of communication between teachers and parents.  However, educational employers have also found that access to social media during the workday can […] more

  3. March 9, 2015

    To Post or Not to Post? YouTube Issues Part 2

    BY: Amy Estrada, Cathie Fields

    Despite YouTube’s Popularity with School-Age Youth, Teachers Should Think Twice Before Asking Students to Upload Class Projects to YouTube In a previous post, we discussed some of the legal issues associated with students uploading coursework on YouTube. This EdLawConnect entry continues that discussion. Bullying-Related Concerns Perhaps the most salient concern with students uploading their own […] more

  4. March 6, 2015

    Governor Brown Places the Fate of the “California Education for a Global Economy Initiative” in the Hands of Voters

    BY: Elizabeth Zamora-Mejia, Jessica Armijo

    On September 28, 2014, Governor Brown signed into law SB 1174 (Lara), which will give voters an opportunity to rescind much of Proposition 227 (Prop 227), the 1998 initiative that replaced bilingual education with English immersion classes.  If passed, the new law will enable California’s public schools to provide multilingual instruction, granting more students access […] more

  5. February 23, 2015

    To Post or Not to Post? YouTube Issues, Part 1

    BY: Amy Estrada, Cathie Fields

    Despite YouTube’s Popularity with School-Age Youth, Teachers Should Think Twice Before Asking Students to Upload Class Projects to YouTube Several studies have reported that YouTube is the most popular social media site among teenagers. Some studies and articles report teens and “tweens” prefer YouTube to both traditional television and other social networking sites. In light […] more

  6. February 4, 2015

    Unvaccinated Students May Be Subject to Exclusion from School Based on Measles Exposure

    BY: Peter Denno, Todd Goluba

    The current measles outbreak in Southern California has underscored the importance of schools maintaining current and complete lists of students with immunization exemptions on file. As we discussed in a previous blog post, California law permits parents or guardians to exempt their children from immunizations required for school admission by completing and filing the California […] more

  7. January 27, 2015

    Electronic Signatures Must Be Properly Authenticated

    BY: Jessica Armijo, Cathie Fields

    Last month a California Court of Appeal held that while electronic signatures are valid on employment arbitration agreements in California, if an employee disputes an electronic signature, the employer bears the burden of proving the employee electronically signed the document. (Ruiz v. Moss Brothers Auto Group (2014) 2014 WL 7335221.) This decision can guide K-12 […] more

  8. January 15, 2015

    Public Agencies May Withdraw Retained Funds Held in Escrow for a Construction Project Following a Contractor’s Default without Judicial Determination

    BY: Jonathan Vick, Hugh Lee, Spencer Wampole

    In a recent decision, Pittsburg Unified School District v. S.J. Amoroso Construction Co., Inc. (December 22, 2014), the California Court of Appeal affirmed that public agencies have the right to unilaterally declare a default under a construction contract and demand a distribution of securities retained by escrow.  The Court based its decision on Public Contract […] more

  9. January 5, 2015

    Student Data May Become an Asset in Bankruptcy Proceedings

    BY: Lindsay Thorson, Cathie Fields

    ConnectEDU, a college and career advising startup that holds the personal information of millions of students, declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April 2014. ConnectEDU developed college- and career-planning sites where students could create personal profiles. As a result, ConnectEDU held a considerable amount of personally identifiable information including students’ names, dates of birth, email addresses […] more

  10. December 30, 2014

    New Sick Leave Poster Required by January 1, 2015

    BY: Todd M. Robbins, Kevin Dale, Cathie Fields

    The California Labor Commissioner has posted a template sick leave poster pursuant to the new sick leave law, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Family Act of 2014. As explained in our September 17, 2014 post, the new law applies to employees who work at least 30 hours per calendar year and are not provided with sick […] more