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, January 2016

In this month’s podcast, Will discusses the reasons why police and fire personnel have lower health care utilization than civilian employees. He also covers the following cases. Boston PD Rank-Ordered Promotions Held Discriminatory, Smith v. City of Boston, 2015 WL 7194554 (D. Mass. 2015) ‘Disrespectful Speech’ May Be Protected By Labor Laws, Borough of Carteret, 42 NJPER ¶ 66 (NJ PERC 2015) Court Rejects ‘Passive Inhalation’ Argument, Bennett v….

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Massachusetts Ends Mandatory Physicals For Firefighters Returning From Layoff

FALL RIVER, MA – A new policy to drug test and require a physical exam for returning firefighters laid-off due to budget cuts is unlawful, according to a recently released opinion by the state Civil Service Commission “Not only is it against the law, but it’s adding insult to injury,” said firefighters’ Union President Jason Burns. The Civil Service Commission sought the opinion from the Executive Office for Administration…

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Hawaii Police, Firefighters Told Medical Marijuana Not OK

HONOLULU, HI – One Honolulu police officer and one Honolulu firefighter have tested positive for marijuana in recent years and they presented their medical marijuana permits as the reason, sources told Hawaii News Now Friday. But police departments across the state and the Honolulu Fire Department are not allowing employees to use medical marijuana. Sources said the Oahu firefighter and police officer who both tried to use their medical…

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