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Monthly Archives: July 2011

AB 455 – Vetoed By Governor

Posted in Legislation
On July 25, 2011, Governor Brown vetoed AB 455, a bill that would have drastically altered the manner in which public agency personnel and merit system commission appointments are made, and that would have decisively increased union presence on commissions.  (LCW blogged about the bill on July 7, 2011.)  AB 455, authored by Nora Campos… Continue Reading

Margaritas And Medical Leave

Posted in FMLA
The summer months bring to mind barbeques, baseball games and vacations.  As the weather warms, many of us would much rather spend our days in the great outdoors instead of in our offices.  However, for one employee in New Jersey, pursuing fun in the sun while she was on FMLA leave ended up costing her… Continue Reading

Court Rules Metrolink May Monitor Locomotive Engineers Via Audio/Video Surveillance

Posted in Constitutional Rights, Litigation, Privacy
This guest post was authored by James E. Oldendorph Jr. In October 2009, Metrolink installed two inward-facing cameras in all of its locomotive cabs.  While one of the inward-facing cameras records the control panel and gauges, the other is located seven to eight feet from where the locomotive engineer is seated inside the cab and… Continue Reading

When Johnny Comes Marching Home; Military Veterans Return To Work Rights (Part 2 of 2)

Posted in Military Leave, USERRA
This guest post was authored by Timothy Owen This is the second installment of a 2-part series on military leave law.  Part 1 discussed basic principles.  This installment explains why the position to which a returning veteran is reinstated depends on whether advancement in that particular job classification is based on seniority or merit.  … Continue Reading

Using E-Book Readers In Classrooms Without Running Afoul Of Disability Laws

Posted in Disability, Education
This guest post was authored by Alison Carrinski Emerging technologies, such as e-book readers, seem to be everywhere and growing in numbers.  E-book readers offer students the ability to download books instantaneously and carry hundreds of books on a hand-held device.  But given that some e-book readers do not have text-to-speech functionality or Braille displays,… Continue Reading