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Labor Law (Public Sector)

Court Upholds Right to Picket on School Premises

April 23, 2018 by

In the seminal case, Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, the United States Supreme Court explained that “[i]t can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom… Read More

Ninth Circuit Reaffirms General Right of Privacy for Public Employees to Engage in Off-Duty Sexual Behavior

March 5, 2018 by

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a decision reaffirming a public employee’s general right of privacy and intimate association. Perez v. City of Roseville (No. 15-16430 (9th Cir. February 9, 2018)).The case involved… Read More

Court Ruling Protects the Public Sector Pensions

January 12, 2018 by

Legacy members of the County retirement systems in Alameda, Contra Costa and Merced counties obtained a tremendous victory from California’s First Appellate District on January 8, 2018 in a closely watched case challenging certain provisions… Read More

BTB Annual Legislative Round-up (4 of 4)

December 27, 2017 by

 Public Sector Right to Organize / Union Representation SB 285 – Prohibition on Dissuading Public Employee to Join a UnionThis bill prohibits a public employer from deterring or discouraging public employees from becoming or remaining… Read More

Labor Day 2017: A Look to the Future (Part Three)

September 4, 2017 by

In the first two pieces in this series, we took a look at labor’s past, going all the way back to 1877. We’ve seen that starting with the passage of the Taft-Hartley Act in 1947,… Read More

Labor Day 2017: A Look to the Past (Part Two)

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In the first installment of this piece, we looked at the Great Strike of 1877 and the U.S. Supreme Court’s approval of the National Labor Relations Act in 1937. Passage of the NLRA in 1935… Read More

Labor Day 2017: A Look to the Past (Part One)

September 1, 2017 by

Labor Day traditionally is the time to reflect on the state of the American labor movement, and Labor Day 2017 brings an opportunity to mark the anniversaries of several events in American history instrumental to… Read More

New Law Mandates Union Access to New Employee Orientation In Public Sector

July 3, 2017 by

AB 119 AB 119 (codified at California Government Code §§ 3555-3559) requires California’s public employers to provide unions mandatory access to new bargaining unit employees at orientation. It also requires the prompt provision of contact… Read More

Cash-in-Lieu of Benefits Payments Trigger Higher Overtime Pay

April 4, 2017 by

In a case that has far reaching implications for unions and workers, the Ninth Circuit ruled in Flores v. City of San Gabriel in June 2016, that when an employer calculates its employees’ “regular rate… Read More

You Say “Confer,” I Say “Consult.” Let’s Not Call the Whole Thing Off

March 17, 2017 by

The Meyers-Milias-Brown Act imposes on covered public employers an obligation both to “meet and confer” and to “consult” with recognized employee unions. Do the different words mean there are two different bargaining obligations? Not really… Read More