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Kelly Tuffo has represented public agencies for over seventeen years. Her areas of expertise are labor negotiations, labor relations, contract administration, public education, and employment law, including employment discrimination, harassment, discipline and investigations. Kelly advises cities, counties and other public sector and public education employers on all aspects of employment relations, including labor negotiations, retirement law, and employment benefits and compensation, conducts workplace investigations, and represents clients in fact-finding proceedings, disciplinary proceedings and mediation and arbitration of grievances. Kelly provides training on all areas related to her practice.

As chief labor negotiator, Kelly has negotiated hundreds of labor contracts between public agencies and their employee organizations representing numerous types of employees, including nurses, doctors, police officers, deputy sheriffs, firefighters, mid-managers, probation officers, dispatchers, attorneys, engineers, community college faculty, and other miscellaneous job classifications. She is experienced in conducting collective bargaining agreement audits, mediation, fact-finding, arbitration and PERB proceedings. Kelly has represented clients in matters involving union grievances, arbitrations, unfair labor practices, labor strikes, unilateral implementation and other labor issues. She has negotiated impacts of several police service transfer agreements between public agencies.

Kelly is an experienced workplace investigator. She conducts management training programs on a variety of employment law issues, including discipline, performance evaluation, leaves of absence, and harassment and discrimination prevention.

Prior to law school and joining our San Francisco office, Kelly was a labor relations representative for a private sector company. In that role, she coordinated contract negotiations, represented the company in arbitrations, negotiated and handled grievances and conducted investigations. She also has experience in community mediation for a public sector entity.

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