COVID-19 and Labor Issues

On what feels like an almost hour-by-hour basis, we are facing an onslaught of local regional, and national responses to COVID-19. It’s worthwhile dusting off some basics when it comes to the labor implications of COVID-19 in the public safety workplace. Collective Bargaining Issues In collective bargaining jurisdictions, the first stop in any analysis is to review applicable collective bargaining agreements or memoranda of understanding for provisions related to…

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Fire Chief Fired After Refusing To Fire Deputy Chief

SOUTH WEBER, UT — Mayor Tammy Long dismissed South Weber Fire Chief Thomas Graydon after he refused to terminate the deputy chief following an investigation into allegedly falsified payroll sheets, City Manager Tom Smith said Tuesday. The investigation by Graydon determined Deputy Chief Frank Patrick entered inaccurate information on South Weber Fire Department run sheets, which are records of firefighter participation on fire calls and are used to fulfill…

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Conviction Of Misdemeanor Crime Of Domestic Violence Extinguishes Due Process Rights

William Arganda was employed as a peace officer by the City of Westminster, California. Following an internal investigation, Arganda was served with a Notice of Intent to Terminate on August 11, 2009, for multiple violations of Department policy involving unauthorized use of the law enforcement data system for personal business. After a pre-disciplinary hearing, the City terminated Arganda. Arganda made a timely request for a post-disciplinary appeal hearing, and…

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