First Thursday, October 2014

Each month, Will Aitchison discusses recent news stories, legal decisions and economic developments that impact public safety employees and employers, union and management representatives, and attorneys involved with public safety labor and employment law.

In this month’s podcast, Will covers a federal bankruptcy judge ruling that upends the widely held belief that public workers’ pensions have a special status in California that makes them impossible to cut, further chipping away at the idea that pensions are sacrosanct in a municipal bankruptcy.

Also discussed:

  • California Courts Continue Hard Line On Officer Dishonesty
    Gore v. San Diego County Civil Service Commission, 2014 WL 4628022 (Cal. App. 2014)
  • ‘Cantankerous’ Officer Loses ADA Claims
    Weaving v. City of Hillsboro, 2014 WL 3973411 (9th Cir. 2014)
  • Surveillance Does Not Violate Deputy’s Privacy Rights
    Brock v. Dunning, 288 Neb. 909 (2014)
  • Fire Chief exempt from FLSA
    Trout v. Village of Westmont, 2014 WL 4770555 (N.D. Illinois 2014)
  • Officer Loses Duty Disability Claim By Trying To Bench Press Too Much
    Shafer v. Lake in the Hills Pension Board, 2014 IL App (2d) 131002-U (Ill. App. 2014)
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    Here is the list of Brady arbitration decisions mentioned in the podcast:

    • City of Elma, Washington (Thomas Levak, 2013)
    • Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, FMCS #130114-52556-7 (Jerome Diekemper 2013)
    • Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, 127 LA 283 (Felicio 2010)
    • County of Stanislaus, 128 LA 592 (Pool. 2010)

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