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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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As the COVID pandemic rages on, employees required to work remotely since March 2020 will continue to do so for at least a foreseeable portion of 2021. While a burden for some, the pandemic has opened endless relocation possibilities for others, allowing some remote workers to visit and stay with family, work from a vacation

 As California battles close to 600 wildfires burning more than one million acres across the state, many areas are experiencing unhealthy and even very unhealthy air quality. During these conditions, employers must comply with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CalOSHA) worker safety requirements to protect outdoor workers from wildfire smoke effects.

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