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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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Interview With Jon Dileno

LRIS Podcast

Will interviews management attorney Jon Dileno, who represented the City of Cleveland in an arbitration hearing dealing with a deadly police chase that involved dozens of Cleveland police officers. Will and Jon discuss the details of this case, how the arbitrator reached his decision and what the impact has been. LISTEN Arbitrator’s Award

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First Thursday, August 2017

LRIS Podcast

This month cases: Brady And The Privacy Of Personnel Records, Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs v. Superior Court, 2017 WL 2962901 (Cal. App. 2017) Bill Of Rights Requires Administrative Appeal After Final Disciplinary Decision Made, Morgado v. City and County of San Francisco, 2017 WL 2791413 (Cal. App. 2017) No Expectation Of Privacy During Raid Of Marijuana Dispensary, Santa Ana Police Officers Association v. City of Santa Ana,…

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Interview With Robert Buschel

LRIS Podcast

Will interviews attorney Robert Buschel about his case dealing with a Florida civilian review board’s authority to subpoena police officers. The case is D’Agastino v. City of Miami, 2017 WL 2687694 (Fla. 2017). Mr. Buschel is also the author of the novel By Silent Majority. LISTEN

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First Thursday, July 2017

LRIS Podcast

In this month’s podcast: Deputies Terminated For ‘Spouse-Swapping,’ Coker v. Whittington, 2017 WL 2240300 (5th Cir. 2017) ‘Last Chance’ Agreements Under Civil Service Rules, Whitwer v. Civil Service Commission, 2017 WL 2491646 (Iowa 2017) Florida Civilian Review Board Lacks Authority To Subpoena Officers, D’Agastino v. City of Miami, 2017 WL 2687694 (Fla. 2017) Longevity/Performance Pay Need Not Be Included In California Retirement Calculations, DiCarlo v. County of Monterey, 2017…

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First Thursday, June 2017

In this month’s podcast: What Impact Will The AHCA Have On Public Safety Bargaining? Firefighters, Staffing, And Bargaining, City of Everett, 2017 WL 1423520 (Wash. PERC 2017) Divided Kansas Court Extends ‘Firefighter’s Rule’ To Police, Apodaca v. Willmore, 392 P.3d 529 (Kan. 2017) No First Amendment Protection For Safety Complaint Made Through Chain Of Command, Santiago v. New York & New Jersey Port Authority, 2017 WL 1437196 (3rd Cir….

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First Thursday, May 2017

Will discusses the recent passage in the House of Representative of a bill legalizing comp time in the private sector. He also covers the following cases: The Fact Witness Cannot Also Conduct Internal Affairs Investigation, City of Oakland, 137 LA 82 (Riggs 2016) Firefighter Shift Staffing Levels Negotiable, City of Allentown v. IAFF, Local 302, 2017 WL 1151104 (Penn. 2017) Officer Cannot Be Held Responsible For ‘Newspaper’s Premature Judgment’,…

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First Thursday, April 2017

LRIS Podcast

This month’s cases: Curious Court Decision Overturning Arbitrator’s Opinion, Forest Preserve District of Cook County v. Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council, 33 PERI ¶ 91 (lll. App. 2017); Use Of Private Cell Phone Can Create Public Record, City of San Jose v. Superior Court, 2017 WL 818506 (Cal. 2017); Random Drug Testing For Corrections Employees Upheld, Washington v. Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas, 2017 WL 474322…

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First Thursday, March 2017

Random Drug Testing For Corrections Employees Upheld, Washington v. Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas, 2017 WL 474322 (10th Cir. 2017). ‘Last-Chance’ Agreement Means What It Says, Village of Fox Lake, FMCS 16-00391-1 (Jay Grenig 2016). Transfer Of Ambulance Services To Contractor Is Negotiable, Lockport Professional Firefighters, 49 PERB ¶ 4578 (NY PERB ALJ 2016). LISTEN

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First Thursday, February 2017

The cases covered in this month’s podcast are: Not Religious Discrimination To Refuse Muslim CO’s Request To Wear Khimar, Tisby v. Camden County Correctional Facility, 2017 WL 192887 (N.J. App. 2017) Social Networking Policy Violates Free Speech Rights, Liverman v. City of Petersburg, 2016 WL 7240179 (4th Cir. 2016) Union Lacks Right To Record Internal Affairs Interview, Kent County, 30 MPER ¶ 40 (Mich. ERC 2016) LISTEN

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First Thursday, January 2017

In our first podcast of 2017, Will discusses a question received on our website about whether there are exceptions to management’s adherence to past practice when imposing discipline. He also cover the following cases: Denver Body-Cam Policy Negotiable, Denver Police Protective Association v. City of Denver, No. 15CV33862 (Colo. Dist. Ct. 2016) Grand Juries And Garrity, In re: Misc. 4281, 2016 WL 7031019 (Md. Spec. App. 2016) Court Overturns…

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First Thursday, December 2016

In our final podcast of 2016, Will reveals the five biggest mistakes employers make during internal affairs investigations and covers the following cases: Officer Has Privacy Rights In Personal Cellphone, Larios v. Lunardi, 2016 WL 6679874 (E.D. Cal. 2016) ‘Absolute Prosecutorial Immunity’ Of DA Shields Even Political Retaliation Against Sergeant, Barnett v. Marquis, 2016 WL 6536621 (9th Cir. 2016) Employer Required To Provide Investigative Report To Fire Union, IAFF,…

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Special Election Podcast

What will the Trump presidency likely mean for the public safety workplace? Topics covered include: Fair share, the Affordable Care Act, the FLSA and other federal regulations, regulatory enforcement, the NLRB and DOJ consent decrees.

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First Thursday, November 2016

Included in this month’s podcast: Will Aitchison gives ten tips for employees facing a disciplinary interview Pre-Employment Health History Forms Violate GINA, ADA, EEOC v. Grisham Farm Products, Inc., 2016 WL 3221161 (W.D. Mo. 2016) Jacksonville Firefighter Hiring Consent Decree Allowed To Expire, Coffey v. Braddy, 2016 WL 4435614 (11th Cir. 2016) Transsexual Officer Win Discrimination Lawsuit, Roberts v. Clark County School District, 2016 WL 5843046 (D. Nev. 2016)…

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First Thursday, October 2016

The following cases are covered in this month’s podcast: Fire Captain Discharged For Refusing To Stop Using Department Email For Religious Messages, Sprague v. Spokane Valley Fire Department, 2016 WL 5239627 (Wash. App. 2016) Polygraph Examination Is An ‘Interrogation’ Covered By Bill Of Rights, Miller v. City of Gonzales, 2016 WL 4563729 (La. App. 2016) Police Board Can Increase Disciplinary Penalty, Lesner v. Police Board, 2016 IL App (1st)…

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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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