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First Thursday, August 2015

Topics discussed in this month’s podcast include: The ‘Firefighter’s Rule’ Marches On, Nagy v. Arsenault, 2015 WL 3685212 (Conn. Super. 2015) Payroll System Failures No Defense To FLSA Violation, Souryavongv. Lackawanna County, 2015 WL 3409472 (M.D. Pa. 2015) Administrative Leave Can Last Too Long, City of Waltham v. Waltham Police Patrol Officers’ Union, 2015 WL 3755905 (Mass. App. 2015) Union Entitled To Copy Of Complaint Against Member, Foothill De…

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First Thursday, July 2015

Topics discussed in this month’s podcast include: Supreme Court To Hear Case Threatening Public Employee Unions, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association No Right For Non-Members To Vote On Contract, AFSCME Council 25 v. Yunkman, 2015 WL 3505668 (Mich. App. 2015) The Department of Labor Issues Draft FLSA Exemptions Regulation Health Care Cashback, Merit Pay Must Be Included In FLSA Overtime Rate, Callahan v. City of Sanger, 2015 WL 2455419…

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First Thursday, June 2015

Cases discussed in this month’s podcast include: Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down Pension Reform Legislation, In re Pension Reform Litigation, 2015 IL 118585 (Ill. 2015) San Bernardino Allowed To Cancel Contract With Firefighters’ Union, May Privatize Department, In re City of San Bernardino, California, 2015 WL 2153448 (C.D. Cal. 2015) Sheriff Ordered To Sign Collective Bargaining Agreement, Sheriff of Lee County, Order No. 15U-098 (Fla. PERC 2015) Political Patronage…

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First Thursday, May 2015

Cases discussed in this month’s podcast include: The negotiability of workplace cameras, IAFF, Local 3315 v. Snohomish Fire District 3, 2015 WL 1013220 (Wash. PERC 2015) Arbitrator’s reinstatement of officer in excess force case does not violate public policy, City of Bloomington v. Policemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, 2015 IL App (4th) 140192-U (Ill. App. 2015) Union can assume city’s negotiators have authority, City of Springfield, 31 PERI ¶…

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First Thursday, April 2015

This month’s podcast features an overview of the anti-public safety collective bargaining legislation making its way in various state houses across the country and an important new genetic information discrimination case involving a firefighter. Cases discussed: Firefighter Wins Age Discrimination, GINA Claims, Lee v. City of Moraine Fire Department, 2015 WL 914440 (S.D. Ohio 2015) Firefighter Loses ADA Case Because Discrimination Occurred Before Change In Law, Kennedy v. Gray,…

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First Thursday, March 2015

In this month’s podcast, Will discusses another public safety employee losing her job because of Facebook, two FLSA cases, an important firefighter staffing opinion and a new Weingarten case out of California Here are the case citations: Sergeant Loses Job Over Facebook ‘Rant’, Graziosi v. City of Greenville, Mississippi, 2015 WL 148998 (Fifth Cir. 2015) ‘Pure Gap Time’ Is Not Compensable Under The FLSA, Whenry v. Board of Commissioners,…

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First Thursday, February 2015

In this month’s podcast, Will talks about the influence of American Legislative Exchange Council and various anti-public safety union bills it has created that are working their way through state legislatures across the nation. He also covers the following cases: Heart-lung presumption does not require proof that disease caused condition, Di Luzio v. City of Santa Fe, 2015 WL 178396 (N.M. App. 2015) Retroactive application of California’s new pension…

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First Thursday, January 2015

It’s the first First Thursday podcast of the new year, albeit a little late due to the holidays. Here’s what in this month’s First Thursday podcast: Supreme Court Rejects Worker Pay For Security-Screening Time, Staffing Solutions, Inc v. Jesse Busk and Laurie Castro, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 13-433 No Hearing Required Under Bill Of Rights For Transfer Without Economic Harm, Los Angeles Police Protective League v. City of Los…

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First Thursday, December 2014

Covered in this month’s podcast: The implications of a very important shift work study Are personal Cell phone records public documents Social media policy and discipline Wall Street Journal Article on using arbitration in police discipline Boston PD hair tests ruled invalid, Read decision Florida Court finds that mediation should be open to public, Brown v. Denton, 2014 WL 5333480 (Fla. App. 2014) Union misses deadline,…

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First Thursday, November 2014

Each month, Will Aitchison discusses recent news stories, legal decisions and economic developments that impact public safety employees and employers, union and management representatives, and attorneys involved with public safety labor and employment law. Featured in this month’s podcast: A review of contract negotiations with the nation’s three largest cities – New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Massachusetts to pay $2.1 million to settle state trooper overtime suit No…

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First Thursday, October 2014

Each month, Will Aitchison discusses recent news stories, legal decisions and economic developments that impact public safety employees and employers, union and management representatives, and attorneys involved with public safety labor and employment law. In this month’s podcast, Will covers a federal bankruptcy judge ruling that upends the widely held belief that public workers’ pensions have a special status in California that makes them impossible to cut, further chipping…

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First Thursday, September 2014

Each month, Will Aitchison discusses recent news stories, legal decisions and economic developments that impact public safety employees and employers, union and management representatives, and attorneys involved with public safety labor and employment law. Featured in this month’s podcast: The looming crisis in police recruitment Illinois post-retirement health insurance constitutionally protected – Kanerva v. Weems, 2014 IL 115811 (Ill. 2014) Philadelphia’s long-standing ban on police PAC contributions struck down…

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First Thursday, August 2014

Included in this month’s podcast: A roundup of recent labor contract signings Federal appeals court upholds verdict against fire union In absence of binding promise, no protection for post-retirement insurance Kansas court limits ability to appeal discipline to civil service boards LAPD officer wins FLSA retaliation lawsuit No remedy for violation of IA non-disclosure law The importance of intent in termination cases Weingarten rights apply to written statements Download…

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First Thursday, July 2014

In this month’s First Thursday podcast, Will discusses the impact of three major Supreme Court decisions dealing with ‘Fair Share’, cell phone searches and Garcetti. Download the podcast (Use this link to listen on Apple devices) Subscribe to this podcast via RSS or iTunes Subscribe to this podcast by email

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Supreme Court Rejects Request To Hold ‘Fair Share’ Unconstitutional

In what some have termed the most significant labor case in years, the United States Supreme Court has rejected a request to hold “fair share” assessments unconstitutional. “Fair share” assessments occur under the laws of 20 states which not only grant public employees the right to bargain, but also impose upon unions the duty to fairly represent all members of their bargaining units. Under “fair share” provisions, non-union members…

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First Thursday, June 2014

Featured in this month’s podcast: Preview of the Supreme Court’s decision on Fair Share case, Harris v. Quinn California PERB holds factfinding applies to mid-term bargaining How the ADA and FMLA interact in the fitness-for-duty process Discussions at union e-board meeting privileged Union has right to conduct parallel disciplinary investigation Court upholds arbitrator’s opinion in sex case A reminder that state laws can be more stringent than the FLSA

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First Thursday, May 2014

Featured in this month’s podcast: Supreme Court upholds Michigan’s ban on race and gender preferences in employment, education Retired police firefighters reach deal with Detroit Two important California PERB decisions Privacy for personal email and cell phone records of public officials Yet another Brady case (Yay!) Download the podcast (Use this link to listen on Apple devices) Subscribe to this podcast via RSS or iTunes Subscribe to this podcast…

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First Thursday, April 2014

Featured in this month’s podcast: Does state’s flex time system violate the FLSA? Is county required to pay corrections officers overtime for meal periods? LAFD dispatchers, aeromedical technicians not firefighters for FLSA purposes Supreme Court to rule on Amazon workers FLSA Can employer force employee to use FMLA leave at the same time employee is using sick leave? Threat of a seizure enough to disqualify recruit Discipline not negotiable…

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First Thursday, March 2014

Featured in this month’s podcast: Required retirement contributions do not violate ‘Contracts Clause’ Will answers an FLSA question submitted on our website Officer can be disciplined for working without permission Officer’s injury during paid lunch not compensable under workers’ comp Court rules that seeing suspect killed is ‘normal’ for police Due process requires pre-discipline hearing even if appeal rights exist Unsuccessful applicant can review civil service exam Why “I’m…

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First Thursday, February 2014

Left click to play, right click to download Featured in this month’s podcast: The Supreme Court’s decision in the donning and doffing case Sandifer v. United States Steel Corp. An important ADA case from the 4th Circuit court More news on the Genetic Information Disclosure Act A discussion of cases from across the country The last CPI numbers Subscribe to this podcast via RSS…

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First Thursday, January 2014

Now with improved audio quality! As part of our constant effort to provide you with the best quality products, we spared no expense in building a state-of-the-art sound studio to improve the audio quality of our podcasts. That means Will will no longer sound like he’s speaking in an empty fish tank. Of course, if you miss that sound you could always listen to the podcast in an empty…

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First Thursday, December 2013

Download the podcast (Use this link to listen on Apple devices) Subscribe to this podcast via RSS or iTunes Subscribe to this podcast by email We’re big on facial hair here at LRIS headquarters, but that’s not the only reason it features prominently in this month’s podcast. Rules on facial hair represent just one of several employer policies that can have a constitutional or…

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First Thursday, November 2013

Download the podcast (Use this link to listen on Apple devices) Subscribe to this podcast via RSS or iTunes Subscribe to this podcast by email Featured in this month’s podcast: New California statute protects against Brady List abuses Another arbitrator weighs in on Brady List and discipline Heart-lung presumption applies to diseases with no known cause If time limits in bill of rights not…

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First Thursday, October 2013

Download the podcast (Use this link to listen on Apple devices) Featured in this month’s podcast: Facebook ‘like’ is protected speech New legislation out of California Early guidance sheds light on impact of employee benefit plans Union can conduct simultaneous disciplinary investigation Layoff by seniority within scope of bargaining City required to abide by wage terms in contract The ‘Brady Rule’ and arbitration Arbitration…

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First Thursday, September 2013

Download the podcast (Use this link to listen on Apple devices) Subscribe to this podcast via RSS or iTunes Subscribe to this podcast by email Featured in this month’s podcast: Union blasts proposed $3m settlement in lawsuit over fitness test Updated definition of “spouse” under the FMLA from the Department of Labor Names of officers in UC Davis pepper spray incident must be disclosed…

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