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First Thursday, July 2019

Will gives another, very necessary, warning about posting on supposedly private social media forums. He also discusses these cases: Deputy Cannot Sue Prosecutor For Wrongful Placement On Brady List, Harris v. Chelan County Sheriff’s Department, 2019 WL 1923924 (E.D. Wa. 2019). Seniority Prevails Over ADA For Day Off Selection, McIntyre v. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 2019 WL 2120324 (D.D.C. 2019). The ADA And Light Duty Jobs, Garvey v….

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First Thursday, June 2019

Will talks about the Plain View Project, an online database of Facebook posts and comments by current and former law enforcement officers that include racist, sexist, anti-Muslim and other controversial sentiments. He also covers the following cases: Employer Cannot Refuse To Negotiate With Union’s Lawyer, FOP, Lodge 109 v. SEPTA, 50 PPER ¶ 7 (Penn. LRB 2019) ‘Do Not Apply’ Alert Is Protected Union Speech, City of Santa Maria,…

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First Thursday, May 2019

Will covers four cases this month including a Florida case that deals with the relationship between Garrity and Miranda and an Illinois case involving the relationship between HIPAA and the ADA in regards to fitness for duty evaluations. Full list of cases: How Miranda and Garrity Relate To Each Other, State of Florida v. Socarras, 2019 WL 1548623 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2019). HIPAA Forms Can Violate Americans With…

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Interview With Police Chief Jim Porter

Jim Porter of the Bend, Oregon Police Department discusses how a focus on the emotional and physical health of a police department can transform the morale, productivity, and job satisfaction of officers. In the five years he has held his position, Chief Porter has implemented a number of innovative programs designed to improve the well-being of officers. These methods have proven effective, and in 2018 the Bend PD was…

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First Thursday, April 2019

This month’s cases include: California Supreme Court Ducks (For Now) Major Retirement Question But Allows End To ‘Air Time,’ Cal Fire Local 2881 v. California Public Employees’ Retirement System, 2019 WL 1008413 (Cal. 2019). Exclusionary Rule Does Not Apply In Disciplinary Appeal, Ramirez v. State Personnel Board, 2019 WL 948970 (Cal. App. 2019). DROP Benefits Can Be Prospectively Reduced, Eddington v. Dallas Police and Fire Pension System, 2019 WL…

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First Thursday, March 2019

Our first premium podcast was released on February 20. Will interviewed noted FLSA attorney Greg McGillivary. Subscribe to our newsletter or premium podcasts for access. This weeks cases include: Blanket ‘Gag Order’ Violates Bargaining Law, Santa Clara County Correctional Peace Officers’ Association, 43 PERC ¶ 104 (Cal. PERB 2018). Denial Of Transfer Can Be ‘Adverse Employment Action,’ Yee v. Massachusetts State Police, 2019 WL 347521 (Mass. 2019). Arbitrator’s Decision…

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First Thursday, February 2019

LRIS First Thursday Podcast

Have you heard about our new premium subscription service? We’re adding a second monthly podcast interview series, access to LRIS books and newsletter articles, and a 5% discount off of seminar registration fees and book orders. Choose the Premium Podcast or Public Safety Labor News subscription options. This month’s cases include: What Does ‘Substantial’ Evidence Mean? Conley v. City of St. Louis, 561 S.W.3d 848 (Mo. App. 2018). The…

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First Thursday, January 2019

Happy 2019 from LRIS. This month’s cases include: Arbitrator Upholds Termination Of Tamir Rice Officer, But On Other Grounds, Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, AAA #01-17-0003-7910 (James Rimmel 2018). Unions And The Duty Of Fair Representation, Wayne County Sheriff’s Association, 32 MPER ¶ 26 (Mich. ERC 2018). Because Of Disciplinary Impact, Body Cameras Are Negotiable, AFSCME, Local 61 v. State of Nebraska, 2018 WL 5846045 (Neb. CIR 2018). LISTEN

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First Thursday, December 2018

Merry Christmas from LRIS.

It’s the last First Thursday of month. Will has been a bit under the weather, which is why we’re late this month, but we’ve forced him out of his sick bed and into the recording room. First Post-Janus Cases Decided A variety of lawsuits have been filed across the country in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME. Court decisions have now been issued in…

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First Thursday, November 2018

LRIS First Thursday Podcast

Another survey! This one is about LRIS seminars, and one lucky participant will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Complete the survey online here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5JSN8L7. The deadline to be entered in the drawing is November 8. This month’s cases include: To What Due Process Are Chiefs Owed, And When?, Straub v. City of Spokane, 738 Fed.Appx. 392 (9th Cir. 2018). Pennsylvania Sorts Out Cancer Presumption, With Difficulty, City of…

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First Thursday, October 2018

LRIS Podcast

Show Notes What do you think of the podcast? How do you listen? Help us make the podcast better by taking our short survey! This month’s cases: What Happens If You Can’t Agree Whether Bargaining Should Be In Public? Lincoln County, 2018 WL 4292910 (Wash. PERC 2018). Court Finds San Francisco Use Of Force Policy Not Negotiable, San Francisco Police Officers’ Association v. San Francisco Police Commission, 2018 WL…

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First Thursday, September 2018

LRIS Podcast

This month’s cases: FOP’s Attempt To Intervene In Consent Decree Case Untimely, State of Illinois v. City of Chicago, 2018 WL 3920816 (N.D. Ill. 2018). Citizen’s Initiative Cannot Be An End-Run Around The Bargaining Process, Boling v. PERB, 2018 WL 3654148 (Cal. 2018). Supreme Court Narrows Cell Phone Searches Even Further, Carpenter v. United States, 585 U.S. ____ (2018). No Violation Of Public Policy To Reinstate Officer Guilty Of…

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First Thursday, August 2018

LRIS Podcast

Ten question to ask in the wake of the Janus decision. Wyoming Law Requires That Volunteers Be Included In Firefighter Bargaining Unit, IAFF, Local 5058 v. Gillette/Wright/Campbell County Fire Protection Joint Powers Board, 2018 WL 3322899 (Wyo. 2018). Prosecutor ‘Absolutely Immune’ For Suit Alleging Brady-List Type Retaliation, Savage v. State of Maryland, 2018 WL 3398220 (4th Cir. 2018). ‘Repayment Of Training Costs’ Contract Not Enforceable, Borough of Madison v….

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First Thursday, July 2018

LRIS Podcast

Show Notes The big news this month is, of course, the Supreme Court’s Janus decision. Will discusses the court’s reasoning behind the decision, its immediate effects, and how public safety unions should deal with it. Will also reviews the following court decisions: No Duty Of Fair Rep In Criminal Cases, Cooke v. Palm Beach County PBA, 44 FPER ¶ 313 (Fla. PERC Gen. Counsel 2018) Corrections Officers Lose Due…

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First Thursday, June 2018

LRIS Podcast

This month’s cases include: Refusal To Change Report Not Protected Speech, Davis v. City of Chicago, 2018 WL 2107586 (7th Cir. 2018) ‘Site Visits” To Fire Stations Violate Duty To Bargain, Santa Rosa Firefighters, IAFF Local 1401 v. City of Santa Rosa, 42 PERC ¶ 119 (Cal. PERB 2018) No Weingarten Rights At Quality Control Meeting, Rijos v. Orange County, 44 FPER ¶ 302 (Fla. PERC Gen. Coun. 2018)…

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First Thursday, May 2018

LRIS Podcast

Will covers a significant new Brady decision out of Vermont (Hubacz v. Village of Waterbury, 2018 WL 1660050 (Vt. 2018)) as well as the following cases: ‘Site Visits’ To Fire Stations Violate Duty To Bargain, Santa Rosa Firefighters v. City of Santa Rosa (Case citation coming soon) Firefighter’s Rule Lives On In Washington, Loiland v. State of Washington, 407 P.3d 377 (Wash. App. 2017) Officer Wins Bill Of Rights…

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First Thursday, April 2018

LRIS Podcast

In this month’s podcast, Will discusses the following cases: The Requirements Of The Duty Of Fair Representation, City of Bridgeport, 2018 WL 1151187 (Ct. Dept. Lab. 2018). Hearsay Alone Cannot Justify Disciplinary Decision, In re Corbo, 2018 WL 1095480 (N.J. App. 2018). Court Upholds Arbitrator’s Opinion Imposing ‘Reasonable Doubt’ Burden Of Proof, East Dundee and Countryside FPD v. IAFF, Local 4684, 2017 WL 7510741 (Ill. App. 2017). ‘Principle Purpose’…

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First Thursday, March 2018

Will talks about developments with the Cadillac Tax on high-cost health insurance plans and other ways congressional action is affecting public safety labor issues. He also addresses a question about whether mandatory homework during training is compensable under the FLSA, and discusses the following cases: Court Finds Fitness-For-Duty Evaluations Violate The ADA, Port Authority Police Benevolent Association, Inc. v. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, 2017 WL…

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First Thursday, February 2018

LRIS Podcast

This month’s cases include: Officer Cell Phone Search Case Heading To Trial, Port Authority PBA v. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, 2017 WL 4403310 (S.D.N.Y. 2017). Fire Captain Loses Beach Volleyball Case, DeCohen v. County of Los Angeles, 2018 WL 316864 (Cal. App. 2018). Change In Insurance Carrier Not Negotiable Without Substantial Changes In Benefits, City of Hartford and Hartford Police Union, 2017 WL 6813591 (CT.Dept.Lab….

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First Thursday, January 2018

LRIS Podcast

The effects of the Tax Cut and Reform Bill. Minimum Staffing For Police Not Negotiable In Illinois, Village of Maywood, 34 PERI ¶ 77 (Ill. LRB Gen. Counsel 2017). Taser Exposure Not Essential To Job Of Detective, Lewis v. City of Union City, 2017 WL 6397619 (11th Cir. 2017). ‘Ominous Context’ Of Interview Triggers Weingarten Rights, New York State Correctional Officers, 50 PERB ¶3037 (NY PERB 2017). Michigan’s Enhanced…

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First Thursday, December 2017

LRIS Podcast

This month’s First Thursday podcast is a week late because the podcast producer dropped the ball (sorry). We’re offering a prize to the first listener who can identify the classic television show theme music Will uses as his ring tone. This month’s podcast includes: What the new tax bill means for public safety agencies and labor organizations. Employer Must Negotiate With Union Before Recouping Overpayments, Teamsters Local 839 v….

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First Thursday, November 2017

LRIS Podcast

Will talks about the rising police wages in several large California cities and the following cases: Threats Made By Family Of Suspect Shot By Officer Do Not Amount To ‘Extraordinary Stress,’ Burt-Redding v. Town of Grand Chute, 2017 WL 3037553 (Wis. App. 2017) Lieutenant’s Speech, Not Membership In Group, Costs Him Job, Doggrell v. City of Anniston, 2017 WL 4340449 (N.D. Ala. 2017) Employer Must Bargain Before Changing Past…

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First Thursday, October 2017

LRIS Podcast

Will discusses the Supreme Court’s decision to hear a fair share case, what the ruling will likely be and how it will effect public safety employee unions. He also covers the Bureau of Labor Statistics new geographic area sample for the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and what it means when negotiating a new contract. (See https://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2016/article/the-2018-revision-of-the-CPI-geographic-sample.htm and https://www.bls.gov/cpi/geographic-revision-2018.htm.) The following cases are also covered: Arbitrator Criticizes City’s Reliance On…

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First Thursday, September 2017

LRIS Podcast

In this month’s podcast, Will discusses the the potential impact of the nominee to head Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. He also talks about public perception of police misconduct and the role law enforcement organizations must play in the conversation. This month’s cases are: Highway Patrol’s Overbroad Policies Violate Free Speech Rights, Moonin v. Tice, 2017 WL 3598083 (9th Cir. 2017) Change In Firearm ‘Loaner’ Police Negotiable,…

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