New Haven Mayor: Police Chief Must Complete 10 Requirements Before Returning To Work

NEW HAVEN, CT – After finishing up a paid disciplinary period, New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman immediately went on sick leave. Now, the city’s mayor says they both agreed he need to accomplish 10 things before he can come back to work. The embattled chief is taking on both heavy criticism and praise. “Before he came, crime was up,” said New Haven Mayor Toni Harp. “Over the past…

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Oregon Ballot Measure Would Require Discrimination Against Unions

The New Wave of Anti-Worker Attacks Anil S. Karia Attacks on working people and their right to collectively bargain over wages, hours, and working conditions are now commonplace across the country. Oregon, my home state with a history of strong collective bargaining rights, is the latest in the national parade of undermining the middle class. The favorite mode of attack in Oregon over the past few years has been…

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Kim Davis And Public Safety Employees

It’s spreading, as you might expect it would. Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis says her Christian religion prohibits her from performing gay marriages. Now, a Muslim flight attendant says her religion prohibits her serving alcohol to passengers. The broad question is whether public safety employees have the right to refuse to do part of their jobs because of their religious beliefs. There’s actually a bit of caselaw on the issue,…

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Running A Police/Fire Union

Running a public safety union is difficult and often thankless work. Dealing with management, the public, the media and the Type-A personalities that typically work in public safety is a daunting task. Have you often thought “there oughta be a class!” Well, we thought so too. You’ll Learn: Constitutions and bylaws Finances and fundraisers Political activities Representing members in a disciplinary interview Collective bargaining For more information, including how…

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“Model” Body-Camera Policy

At LRIS, we’ve received a number of requests for a “model” body-camera policy that balances the needs of management, of employees, and of the public. In trying to come up with such a policy, we’ve reviewed a large number of policies from different law enforcement agencies. We’ve also reviewed the IACP’s model policy, guidelines from the Police Executive Research Forum, and a number of academic pieces on body-worn camera…

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Post Retirement Benefits-Contract Clause Table of Cases

Case Citation Description Vuksanovich-Dunn v. Miami Unified School Dist. No. 40, 2013 WL 6813908 (9th Cir. 2013) After three years of receiving no-cost health insurance pursuant to an early retirement agreement, retirees were required to contribute to the cost. The Court held that absent a clear and unmistakable indication that that the employer intends to bind itself, the contracts clause of the U.S. Constitution does not apply. Because the…

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