No Whistleblower Claim For Comments Made In Union Meeting

In February 2016, Leonel Alvarez was hired as a police officer by the City of Delano, California. Within the first week of his employment, Alvarez joined the Delano Police Officers Association. Months later, he attended the December 2016 Association meeting. Among the topics on the agenda was a loan the Association had made to Corporal […]

Arbitrator Rules In Favor Of Disciplinary Arbitration

When the collective bargaining agreement between the Village of River Forest in Illinois and the FOP expired in April 2019, the parties were unable to reach agreement on a new contract. In dispute was the system of appealing discipline. The prior labor agreements between the Village and the FOP excluded discipline from the coverage of […]

One Occasion Does Not A Past Practice Make

Local 1404 of the IAFF represents firefighters working for the City of Norwich, New York. Prior to the 2003-2004 collective bargaining agreement between Local 1404 and the City, retirees did not contribute towards their receipt of retiree health insurance benefits. In the 2003-2004 collective bargaining agreement, Local 1404 and the City agreed that retirees would […]

Firefighters Lose ADA Lawsuit Over Beards

Salik Bey, Terrel Joseph, Steven Seymour, and Clyde Phillips (the Firefighters) are Black men who were or still are firefighters with the New York City Fire Department. Each of them suffers from a skin condition called Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (PFB), which results in persistent irritation and pain following shaving. The effects of shaving with PFB can […]

Drunk Officer’s Off-Duty Shooting Not In ‘Course Of Employment’

In December 2017, the Thomas Fire destroyed and damaged numerous residences and caused widespread power outages in Ventura, California. Sorin Popescu lived on a cul-de-sac in a neighborhood that lost power. As the family was trying to decide whether to evacuate, Popescu heard a noise from the house next door. He went to investigate, worried […]

Officer’s Brady Due Process Lawsuit Against Prosecutor Fails

Richard Roe was a veteran police officer who had served in different departments over about 17 years when he applied for a patrol officer position with the Department in July 2018. The Department, which the Court did not identify, is located within Marianne Lynch’s prosecutorial district in Penobscot County, Maine. During a polygraph examination conducted […]

PTSD Retirement And Carrying Weapons

A New Jersey detective identified in the Court’s opinion only as “A.A.” was employed by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office from 2003 to 2018. In May 2017, A.A. was involved in a shooting incident while serving a warrant. After two doctors diagnosed him with PTSD, A.A. filed an application for accidental disability retirement benefits. Based […]

Shifts, Seniority, And Religious Accommodations

Clinton Bloomfield was conditionally hired as a Newark police officer on July 31, 2017. Bloomfield’s employment was contingent upon his successful completion of training at the New Jersey State Police Academy. Bloomfield’s description of his religious beliefs is that he practices Judaism and is a member of The Church of God and Saints of Christ. […]

Costs Are Legitimate Reason Not To Arbitrate Grievance

The Sussex County PBA represents all corrections officers, sergeants, lieu­tenants, and captains employed by the Sheriff’s Office. Paul Liobe was a cor­rections officer with the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office in New Jersey and was president of the PBA. On July 25, 2019, Liobe filed a griev­ance alleging that the Sheriff’s Office failed to properly compensate […]

Missouri’s Bargaining Cutbacks Illegally Discriminate

Prior to the Missouri General Assembly’s enactment of HB 1413 in 2018, the State’s public labor law created a loose collective bargaining framework for public employees. Including definitions, the entire law spanned five brief sections. One section granted public employees the right to collectively bargain, another authorized bargaining agreements, and a third granted the state […]

Federal Court Allows Mandatory Vaccinations

On April 1, 2021, Houston Methodist Hospital announced a policy requiring all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by June 7, 2021. Jennifer Bridges and 116 fellow employees sued, raising a series of claims in attempting to overturn the mandatory vaccination rule. Federal Court Judge Lynn Hughes rejected the lawsuit. The employees focused on a […]

Survey Reveals Majority Of Denver Police Officers Have Not Received COVID-19 Vaccine

DENVER (CBS4)– A new survey finds most Denver police officers are not vaccinated against COVID-19. The survey by the Denver Police Protective Association, the union representing officers, was conducted over the last weekend. It found 57% percent of Denver police officers are unvaccinated. The union issued a press release stating, “Health and safety is a […]

Officer Shortage At APD, Officers From Other Units Pulled To Patrol

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) – While crime is increasing in Alexandria, there are still concerns over the shortage of police officers patrolling the city. However, this isn’t a new issue but one that has continued to put a strain on the Alexandria Police Department. Back in 2019, KALB looked into a dwindling number of officers at the […]