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Jeffrey C. Freedman has forty years experience representing public agencies as well as private companies in all areas of labor and employment relations law. Jeff joined Liebert Cassidy Whitmore in 2002 after having been a partner in his own labor law firm for more than twenty years and in a large national firm.

His areas of practice include representing clients in state and federal court litigation, before the EEOC, Fair Employment and Housing Commission, California OSHA, the NLRB, and other state and federal regulatory agencies.

January 1, 2018, is just around the corner, and as of that date PERS contracting agencies, as well as employers in ‘37 Act county retirement systems, will for the first time have the legal ability to impose increases to the member contribution rate of their classic employees.

The Public Employee Pension Reform Act of 2013

White-HouseEven though the 2016 Presidential election is almost four months in the rear view mirror, controversy continues, with the news each day describing what looks like a three ring circus in Washington D.C.  Pundits have opined that our country is polarized by politics as never before: cities vs. rural areas; college educated vs. high school

couthouse-flag.JPGThe Court of Appeal decision in Sabey v. City of Pomona, issued Tuesday, April 16, 2013, will change the way public agencies and their law firms, handle advisory arbitration cases. Prior to the Sabey decision, the case of Howitt v. Superior Court (1992) 3 Cal.App.4th 1575, was understood to allow two attorneys from the

US Supreme Court_2.jpgCalifornians will remember the special election called by former Governor Schwarzenegger in 2005 on eight ballot propositions he endorsed.  The initiative measures covered diverse issues including teacher tenure, abortions, government finance and legislative redistricting. One proposition dealt with public employee union dues and would have prohibited unions from using dues for political contributions without obtaining

AnotherGavel.jpgIt pays to read statutes carefully. Many statutes authorizing lawsuits for employment discrimination allow an award of attorney’s fees to the prevailing party. Almost uniformly, these statutes have been construed as authorizing an award of attorney’s fees to a prevailing plaintiff as a matter of course but only to a prevailing defendant when the lawsuit

Baby-Bonding.jpgA gap that existed in California law concerning continuation of health insurance coverage during maternity leave has now been filled by the California legislature.  Effective January 1, 2012, health insurers will be required to cover maternity benefits and employers who had been required to continue health insurance during a maternity leave covered by the Family

Sexual-Harassment.pngIn the case of Pantoja v. Anton, Lorraine Pantoja worked as a receptionist/secretary for a law firm owned by Thomas Anton.  Pantoja alleges that Anton would slap her buttocks, touch her buttocks and leg, and once asked for a shoulder massage.  He also referred to his employees as “my Mexicans.”  Eventually, Anton called Pantoja a