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On December 20, 2016, the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District reaffirmed the purpose and spirit of the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (“PEPRA”) as a law designed to “limit,” rather than “shield,” public employees’ retirement compensation.  In the recent case, San Joaquin County Correctional Officers Association v. County of San Joaquin

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This post was authored by Erik Cuadros and Adrianna E. Guzman

When it comes to negotiations, sometimes, as we all know, the parties cannot reach agreement, despite everyone’s best efforts.  At that point, either party may declare impasse.  That written declaration of impasse, however, triggers certain statutory impasse procedures, and could lead to factfinding.

But

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This blog post was authored by Michael Youril

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (“CalPERS”) has significantly increased the number of contracting agency audits to ensure that agencies’ practices are consistent with CalPERS’ interpretation of governing law.  At the same time, CalPERS has increased its vigilance in reviewing compensation reported for recent retirees.  Increasingly,

AnotherGavel.jpgWhen the MMBA first took effect in 1968, there was no provision for the financial support of employee organizations or unions.  Many employee organizations had few ways to convince employees to join the organization and support it with member dues.  Thus, the concept of an “agency shop” was born.  Agency shop arrangements require employees, as

sacramento Town HallThis post was authored by Shardé C. Thomas

AB 2126, introduced on February 20, 2014, by Assembly Member Bonta (D-Oakland), would make four amendments to the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (“MMBA”).  Some of these revisions are pro-union, while others favor management’s interests.  Reaction to AB 2126 has been mixed, but unions and management alike will be watching

This guest post was authored by Bruce A. Barsook


Yesterday (December 8), the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) adopted proposed emergency regulations to implement AB 646 (Chapter 680, Statutes of 2011), the recently enacted legislation requiring factfinding in bargaining disputes under the MMBA.  The emergency rulemaking package now will be submitted to the Office of