OCapitoln October 9, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 331, the Civic Reporting Openness in Negotiations Efficiency Act (CRONEY bill), into law.  The CRONEY bill, effective January 1, 2016, applies to cities, counties, and special districts that have adopted a “Civic Openness In Negotiations” (COIN) or a similar type of ordinance.

In recent years,

Gavel-and-Books.JPGBoth the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (MMBA) and PERB regulations recognize the right of an employee organization to request factfinding following a declaration of impasse.  That right, however, is not absolute: Government Code section 3505.4(a) and PERB regulation 32802(a)(1) mandate that such a request be made “not sooner than 30 days, but not more than 45 days,

Medical LeaveLast week, in Higgins-Williams v. Sutter Medical Foundation, the Court of Appeal of the State of California, Third Appellate District, upheld the trial court’s granting of summary judgment for an employer where it determined that an employee’s inability to work for a particular supervisor, because of anxiety and stress related to the supervisor’s standard