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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, 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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Arbitrator: Bethlehem Violated Police Contract By Denying Personal Days

BETHLEHEM, NY – An arbitrator said the town of Bethlehem violated police officers’ collective bargaining contract by denying personal leave based solely on the reason that it would cause overtime. The arbitrator, Louis N. Kash, said police management may consider the operational needs of the department when approving or denying personal leave, but said overtime is not an operational issue. “Curtailing overtime is a fiscal, not operating, need of…

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Seattle Firefighter Fails To Win Job Back Despite Acquittal

Although he was acquitted of criminal charges in the alleged assault on homeless people last year, a former Seattle firefighter will not get his job back after an arbitrator determined he instigated the attack and then lied to police about it. The ruling by labor-management arbitrator and mediator Howell L. Lankford upholds the city’s firing of Bob Howell, one of two former firefighters who made headlines in March 2014…

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First Thursday, August 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 Due to summer vacation, this month’s First Thursday was a week late (hey, we all need to recharge our batteries). But don’t worry, it’s still chock-full of useful information! Featured in this month’s podcast: A round of decisions on…

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