First Thursday, September 2016

Will discusses two very important recent cases. The first is a donning and doffing FLSA case out of New York – Perez v. City of New York, 2016 WL 4087216 (2nd Cir. 2016) – and the other involves a change in California;s law on pension reductions – Marin Association of Public Employees v. Marin County Employees’ Retirement Association, 2016 WL 4379316 (Cal. App. 2016). Other cases discussed this month:…

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First Thursday, August 2016

This month’s topics: New decision concerning how to calculate the overtime rate under the FLSA, Hernandez v. City of San Gabriel, 2016 WL 3090782 (9th Cir. 2016) Decision from Virginia on whether firefighter captains are exempt under the FLSA, Morrison v. County of Fairfax, 2016 WL 3409651 (4th Cir. 2016) Florida supreme court holds unconstitutional some limitations on workers’ compensation benefits, Westphal v. City of St. Petersburg, 2016 WL…

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First Thursday, July 2016

This month’s topics: Body-Worn Cameras And Bargaining, City of Oklahoma City (Zane Lumbley, 2016); Montgomery County, Maryland (Ira Jaffee, 2015 and 2016) Retirement Forfeiture Violates ‘Excessive Fine’ Clause Of Eighth Amendment, Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission v. Bettencourt, 474 Mass. 60 (Mass. 2016) Court Upholds Boston Sergeant Exam Even With Adverse Racial Impact, Lopez v. Nobrega, 2016 WL 2897639 (1st Cir. 2016) New Jersey Courts Need Not Necessarily Consider…

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First Thursday, June 2016

This month’s topics: New FLSA Exemption Rules Are Finally Announced The EEOC, The ADA, And Leave Incident Reports May Not (Or May) Be Protected By Garrity, United States v. Smith, 2016 WL 1719267 (11th Cir. 2016) Selling Shoes On E-Bay Not ‘Misconduct’ Disqualifying Trooper From Unemployment, Huff v. North Carolina Department of Commerce, 2016 WL 1335344 (N.C. App. 2016) Deeply Divided Illinois Supreme Court Overturns Rule Shielding Fire, Police,…

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First Thursday, May 2016

This month’s topics: Supreme Court Reinstates Officer’s Free Speech Lawsuit, Heffernan v. City of Paterson, New Jersey, 2016 WL 1627953 (U.S. 2016) Court Upholds Constitutionality Of California Factfinding Law, County of Riverside v. PERB, 2016 WL 1238737 (Cal. App. 2016); San Diego Housing Commission v. PERB, 2016 WL 1242539 (Cal. App. 2016) Step Increases After A Contract Expires, County of Atlantic, 2016 WL 931269 (N.J. Super. 2016) Question on…

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First Thursday, April 2016

Will discusses the impact of a divided Supreme Court’s Friedrichs decision upholding the constitutionality of “fair share,” and important decision on tattoo policy and impact bargaining out of Chicago, and more. Listen Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association Arbitrator Overturns Chicago PD’s Ban On Tattoos, Fraternal Order of Police, Chicago Lodge No. 7, No. 129-15-007 (Jacalyn Zimmerman, 2016) The FLSA, Comp Time, And Bargaining, Muttontown Police Benevolent Association, 49 PERB…

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First Thursday, March 2016

Listen Will tackles a question on physical fitness standards testing and HIPAA When Must An Employer Bargain Over The ‘Effects’ Of A Management Right? El Dorado County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, 2016 WL 542342 (Cal. App. 2016) Ex-fire chief sues over firing, www.dailyastorian.com/Local_News/20160125/ex-fire-chief-sues-over-firing Court Reverses Trooper’s Suspension For Failing To Take Action, New Jersey State Police, 2016 WL 674191 (N.J. App. 2016) What Is Reasonable Notice Of Disciplinary Charges? Ellins…

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First Thursday, February 2016

Will discusses three important news stories and three recent cases. LRIS would also like to introduce our Q&A hotline where podcast listeners can submit questions directly to Will. To leave a voice mail, call 503-836-5255. In addition to your question, please let Will know the state where you’re employed and whether you work in a collective bargaining environment. The Department of Labor’s new overtime rules. The latest on Friedichs…

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First Thursday, January 2016

In this month’s podcast, Will discusses the reasons why police and fire personnel have lower health care utilization than civilian employees. He also covers the following cases. Boston PD Rank-Ordered Promotions Held Discriminatory, Smith v. City of Boston, 2015 WL 7194554 (D. Mass. 2015) ‘Disrespectful Speech’ May Be Protected By Labor Laws, Borough of Carteret, 42 NJPER ¶ 66 (NJ PERC 2015) Court Rejects ‘Passive Inhalation’ Argument, Bennett v….

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First Thursday, December 2015

In this month’s podcast, Will discusses attacks on police union bargaining rights from both the left and right sides of the political spectrum and covers the following cases. City May Recoup Costs From Former Peace Officer For Peace Officer Standards And Training (“POST”) Certification, In re Acknowledgment Cases, 239 Cal.App.4th 1498 (2015) In Georgia, Deputy Sheriffs Can Be Fired For Political Reasons, Gonzalez v. Hasty, 802 F.3d 212 (2015)…

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