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Monthly Archives: February 2011

From NBOA To NAIS Conference – LCW’s Update From The East Coast

Posted in Conferences, Disability, Layoffs, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore
This guest post was authored by Cynthia Weldon, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Thank you to the organizers and attendees of the annual NBOA Symposium which ended Wednesday, February 23, in Washington D.C.  It was gratifying to see so many schools represented from across the country come to together to share their triumphs and tribulations. Liebert Cassidy… Continue Reading

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore’s Update From NAIS Annual Conference 2011

Posted in Conferences, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore
This guest post was authored by Cynthia Weldon, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore It is beautiful here at the NAIS annual conference just outside of Washington D.C.  The conference is off to a great start.  The excitement on the shuttle to the Gaylord Convention Center was enticing.  The networking has started – in the brief time we have… Continue Reading

No Common Law Negligence Cause Of Action May Exist Against An Employer For Inadvertent Disclosure Of Private Information Concerning Former Employees; But Other Causes Of Action May Exist

Posted in Privacy
Can a public employer be held liable for negligence or for a section 1983 claim because the employer accidentally disclosed the names, addresses, telephone numbers, marital status and social security numbers of 1,750 former employees?  An Illinois appellate court doesn’t think so. Cooney v. Chicago Public Schools was brought to my attention by the IAPP… Continue Reading

NLRB Case Involving Firing Over Facebook Post Settles

Posted in Privacy, Social Media, Workplace Policies
This week the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that a settlement has been reached in a closely watched case involving the firing of an ambulance service employee for posting negative comments about her supervisor on her Facebook page.  This case created a buzz among employers throughout the nation.  Given the prevalence of social media… Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court’s Expansion Of Title VII Protections To Third Parties Is Just Business As Usual For California Employers

Posted in Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation
The Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Thompson v. North American Stainless has caused some commentators to sound the alarm warning employers of employee friendly courts and impending lawsuits as a result of the decision.  Hans Bader of the Washington Examiner wrote that the Thompson decision shows the Supreme Court is not pro-business.  Tim Gould of… Continue Reading

The Bully In The Office

Posted in Harassment, Personnel Issues
It seems that every time you pick up a newspaper or tune into your local news there are stories of students being bullied by their classmates.  Last year, in particular, the news was dominated with headlines of students driven to suicide because of bullying.  For example, Rutgers University student, Tyler Clementi, killed himself after his… Continue Reading

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Founding Partner, John Liebert, Passes Away

Posted in Labor Relations, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore
This guest post was authored by Liebert Cassidy Whitmore John Liebert, pre-eminent public sector labor relations attorney and founding member of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore passed away on Monday, February 7, 2011.  He was 81. John emigrated as a boy from Nazi Germany, living in Holland when Hitler struck, and navigating to New York on ships that… Continue Reading

Recent Developments Regarding Layoffs: What’s New?

Posted in Employment, Layoffs
Two recent developments in California law involving the layoff of public employees have raised questions: First, the California Supreme Court decided that public employers are not required to negotiate with their employees’ unions about the decision to lay off employees. Second, a Superior Court judge in Los Angeles approved the settlement of a lawsuit between… Continue Reading

Superior Court Approves LAUSD Settlement Protecting Low-Seniority Teachers At 45 Struggling Schools

Posted in Employment, Layoffs
This guest post was authored by Mary Dowell and Meredith Karasch  The Los Angeles Superior Court recently approved a class action settlement that allows LAUSD, in a layoff, to skip teachers at 45 schools in order to prevent constitutional violations in the right of students to be provided with a minimum level of education.  This case… Continue Reading

Will 2011 Be An “E-Ticket” Ride In Sacramento? The New Governor’s Labor Relations Agenda Remains Unclear

Posted in Labor Relations, Legislation
Governor Jerry Brown began his term as California’s Governor this January announcing ambitious plans to restructure state and local finances.  His proposals have set off a fire storm of controversy.  At this point, he has yet to announce any plans to propose new legislation dealing with employment and labor relations issues.  However, his appointment of… Continue Reading