First Thursday, December 2023

Duck: The Police

This month’s cases: Cell Phone Warrant Of Officer’s Phone Too Broad, Commonwealth v. Sukhadia, 2023 WL 7409309 (Penn. Super. 2023). Township Violates Free Speech Rights By Banning Thin Blue Line Flag, Pennsylvania State Lodge v. Township of Springfield, 2023 WL 7547494 (E.D. Penn. 2023). Firefighter’s Union Loses Challenge to Arbitrator’s Opinion, Tamburo v. City of […]

First Thursday, October 2023

This month’s cases: Officers Entitled To Privacy About Participation In January 6 Rally, Jane Doe 1 v. Seattle Police Department, 2023 WL 4182193 (Wash. App. 2023). Download this case. Department’s Garrity Failure Results In Reinstatement, Foltz v. City of St. Louis, 2023 WL 5688659 (Mo. App. 2023). When Are Text Messages A Matter Of Public […]

First Thursday, August 2023

This month’s cases: Florida Court Upholds Termination Of CO For Medical Marijuana Use, Ortiz v. Department of Corrections, 2023 WL 4101330 (Fla. App. 2023). No Weingarten Rights When Merely Receiving Counseling Memo, Madison County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, 56 PERB ¶ 4541 (NY PERB ALJ 2023). No Privacy Right To Masturbate While On Duty, Demill v. […]

First Thursday, June 2023

This month’s cases: Union, Not Member, Has Right To Invoke Arbitration, Pendleton Police Department, 2023 WL 2858867 (OR ERB 2023). Paid Union Leave Legal In Texas, Borgelt v. Austin Firefighters Association, 2022 WL 17096786 (Tex. App. 2022). Political Patronage Case Subject To Arbitration, Orange County Sheriff’s Office Employees Association v. Orange County, Texas, 2023 WL […]

First Thursday, May 2023


The movie and novel Minority Report introduced the idea of “precrime.” Could AI make this a reality? Benchmark Analytics claims it can predict adverse officer actions before they happen. This month’s cases: Boston Allowed To Implement Vaccination Policy, Boston Firefighters Union, Local 718 v. City of Boston, 2023 WL 2698781 (Mass. 2023). Court Turns Away […]

First Thursday, April 2023

Artificial Intelligence

The first meaningful applications of artificial intelligence in the public safety labor world are happening. What does this bode for the near future? Cases: Arbitrator’s Decision Reinstating Text-Messaging Officer Not Against Public Policy, City of Springfield v. PPBA, Unit 5, 2023 IL App (4th) 220321-U (Ill. App. 2023). No Privacy Protections Against Disclosure Of Officers’ […]

First Thursday, February 2023

LRIS Podcast

In this month’s podcast: Article: Evidence On Measures To Reduce Excessive Use Of Force By The Police (h/t to PORAC). Firefighter Schedule Change Illegal Discrimination, IAFF, Local 365 v. City of East Chicago, 2022 WL 17829283 (7th Cir. 2022). Sergeant Has Privacy Interest In Dropbox Account Created With Employer’s Email, State v. Bowers, 2022 WL […]

No Reform, No Deal, Says Mayor Wu On Police Contract

BOSTON, MA — Mayor Michelle Wu said Monday the city will not sign any contract with the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association unless it contains provisions on police reform. “We continue to have conversations and our firm position is that we will not sign a contract that does not include reform,” Wu said on WBUR’s “Radio […]

First Thursday, December 2022

Merry Christmas from LRIS.

This month’s cases: Not Unconstitutional To Bar Recording IA Interviews, Hils v. Davis, 2022 WL 16731082 (6th Cir. 2022). Firefighter Loses Free Speech Lawsuit Over Voicemail, Millspaugh v. Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services, 2022 WL 17101337 (11th Cir. 2022). Unsubstantiated Rumors Do Not Start Bill Of Rights Statute Of Limitations, Shouse v. County of […]

First Thursday, November 2022

LRIS Podcast

Cases: The City of Oklahoma City and Devin Frazier decision, City of Oklahoma City, FMCS Case No. 210710-08292 (Rubinett 2022). Ex Parte Advice From Decisionmaker’s Wife Violates Due Process, Johnson v. Department of the Air Force, 2022 WL 4456279 (Fed. Cir. 2022). Court Allows Employer To Seize Corrections Officer’s Guns, Anderson v. Molina, 2022 WL […]

First Thursday, October 2022

LRIS Podcast

What’s going on with the Consumer Price Index? Cases: Waiver Of Bargaining Rights Need Not Be In Writing, Portland Fire Fighters’ Association, 321 Or. App. 569 (2022). Vice-President’s Knowledge Can Waive Union’s Right To Bargain, Syracuse Firefighters Association, 55 PERB ¶ 4551 (NY PERB ALJ 2022). Corrections Officers Lack Standing To Challenge Sick Leave Confinement […]

First Thursday, September 2022

Policing and police staffing in Portland, Oregon. Article: The Injustice Of Under-Policing In America First Federal Appeals Court Plain View Project Case, Hernandez v. City of Phoenix, 2022 WL 3132422 (9th Cir. 2022). Phoenix And Plain View Project In State Court, McMichael-Gombar v. Phoenix Civil Service Board, 73 Arizona Cases Digest 4 (Az. App. 2022). […]

First Thursday, August 2022

In this month’s podcast: Religious speech implications of the Supreme Court’s Kennedy decision. Confederate Flag Costs Sergeant Her Job, Cotriss v. City of Roswell, 2022 WL 2345729 (11th Cir. 2022). Garrity Offers No Protection For Dishonesty, Delaware v. MacColl, 2022 WL 2388397 (Del. Super. 2022). No Due Process Right To Promotion From Expired List, Cummings […]

First Thursday, July 2022

How does the Supreme Court decision in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District affect public safety employees and employers?Mentioned in this discussion: Garcetti v. Ceballos Other cases discussed: New Disciplinary Matrix And Procedures Are Negotiable, City of Newark, 2022 WL 2168226 (N.J. PERC 2022). No DFR Breach When Fire Union Balances Competing Priorities Of Members, Gault […]

First Thursday, June 2022

This month’s cases: Porta-Potty Retaliation, City of Shelton, 2022 WL 1442880 (CT.Dept.Lab. 2022). [Download the decision.] What Happens When The Employer Fails To Respond To A Grievance? Sun Coast PBA v. City of St. Petersburg, 2022 WL 1521990 (Fla. PERC Gen. Coun. 2022). No Weingarten Representation When Employer Assures Employee Discipline Not Possible, Canovas v. […]

First Thursday, May 2022

In this month’s podcast: New Jersey Attorney General’s cannabis compliance memo Cases covered Buffalo Protest Officers Absolved In Arbitration, City of Buffalo, (Selchick 2022) Federal Court Halts Firefighter Shift Change On Free Speech Grounds, IAFF, Local 365 v. City of East Chicago, No. 2:21-CV-154-PPS-APR (N.D. Ind. 2022) Qualified Immunity Shields Employer From Liability For Illegal […]

First Thursday, April 2022

In this month’s podcast: Meet John Chrystal. John is the president of the Newark, New Jersey Police Superior Officers’ Association and has attended LRIS seminars for many years. He’s taken the knowledge gleaned from those seminars had translated it into wins for his union. Two recent cases illustrate this. City Guilty Of ‘Direct Dealing’ In […]

First Thursday, March 2022

This month’s cases: Major Cell Phone Decision From Phoenix, Turiano v. City of Phoenix, No. CV-21-01428-PHX-MTL (D. Ariz. Feb. 4, 2022). Arbitrator Upholds Chicago Police Vaccine Mandate, City of Chicago, (George Roumell, Jr. Feb. 23, 2022). ‘Gap Time’ And The FLSA, Conner v. Cleveland County, 2022 WL 53977 (4th Cir. 2022). No Employment Right To […]

First Thursday, February 2022

A brief update on vaccine mandates. Cases: Arbitrator Upholds Lieutenant’s Termination For January 6 Charges, Bexar County, Texas (Thomas Cipolla, 2021). (Download the arbitrator’s decision.) LAPD Officers Lose Job To Pokemon Go, Lozano v. City of Los Angeles, 2022 WL 71705 (Cal. App. 2022). Union Can Demand Mid-Term Bargaining On Topic Not Covered By Contract, […]

First Thursday, January 2022

Happy new year! This month’s podcast covers: Mandatory vaccinations programs (again). Courts and arbitrators continue to rule (69-0 by our last count) that there is nothing unconstitutional about employer vaccine mandates. First interest arbitration decision about mandatory vaccine programs. The law about whether or not an employee or labor organization can get injunctive relief while […]

First Thursday, December 2021

This month’s podcast covers the most recent updates on vaccine mandates as well as the following cases: Due Process And The Brady Rule, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5 v. City of Philadelphia, 2021 WL 5182646 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2021) (see also Duchesne v. Hillsborough County Attorney, 2015 WL 3897798 (N.H. 2015)). Union Entitled To […]

First Thursday, November 2021

Are you tired of hearing about vaccination mandates yet? We hope not, because this podcast is all about the legality of mandatory vaccination policies (spoiler alert: they are legal). Will tackles some of the most common questions he’s received or seen regarding employer vaccination mandates. They are listed below with a timestamp so you can […]