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‘No-Contact’ Order Ruled Illegal

This article appears in the February 2020 issue of our monthly newsletter, Public Safety Labor News. The 22 police officers in the Oakdale Police Department in California are represented by the Oakdale Police Officer’s Association. The Department’s officers wear body cameras. On March 26, 2018, a lieutenant approached Police Chief Scott Heller to discuss concerns over how certain video files were indexed. After logging into the Department’s system to…

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Tattoo Policy Ruled Non-Negotiable

This article appears in the January 2020 issue of our monthly newsletter, Public Safety Labor News. From 1988 to the summer of 2016, the City of Philadelphia did not have a policy regulating or restricting tattoos for police officers applying for a position with or during their tenure as officers for the City. During the summer of 2016, the Democratic National Convention was held at the Philadelphia Convention Center….

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Corrections Officers Win $113 Million In Wage-And-Hour Lawsuit

This article appears in the December 2019 issue of our monthly newsletter Public Safety Labor News. The collective bargaining agreement between the Missouri Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Missouri Corrections Officers Association provides that the DOC “will comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).” The DOC’s policy manual similarly states it is intended “to ensure departmental compliance with FLSA rules.” In 2012, a group of corrections officers…

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‘Witness’ Entitled To Weingarten Representative

This article appears in the November 2019 issue of our monthly newsletter Public Safety Labor News. Maylee Bardelas is a police officer with the City of Doral, Florida. Bardelas was accused by Sergeant Eric Fernandez of “intentionally driving away from an active shooter scene” and was charged by the Department with “cowardice.” Eventually, the investigation determined that “there was insufficient evidence to substantiate a finding that Bardelas was the…

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Administrative Leave Can Trigger Whistleblower Rights

This article appears in the October 2019 issue of our monthly newsletter Public Safety Labor News. Like many states, Minnesota has a whistleblower statute. In general, the statute prohibits retaliation against an employee who alleges that the employer has violated the law. Sergeant Steven Moore is a 29-year veteran of New Brighton’s police department. In March 2015, the City required all police employees to attend training. Employees attended the…

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