California Municipal Law Blog


by on May 14, 2024

posted in Administrative Regulations, Code Enforcement, Uncategorised,

How to Transition to a Paperless Planning Department The necessity of having “wet” seals and signatures for land use projects and the use of an electronic seal for plans submitted to local agencies. Put another way, if a reviewing entity transitions to electronic plans submission, is there a legal basis to require that plans be submitted with an electronic stamp, seal and/or signature (as applicable). Engineering Stamps Business & Professions Code section 6764 provides, “each professional engineer licensed under this chapter shall, upon licensure, obtain a seal or stamp of a ... Continue Reading


The Fair Chance Act: Applicants with Criminal Convictions

by on February 29, 2024

posted in Administrative Regulations, Employment Law, Uncategorised,

The Fair Chance Act is a California Law enacted in 2017 (and took effect on January 1, 2018) that is part of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (Government Code 12952 et. seq.) prohibiting employers with five or more employees from asking applicants about criminal convictions before making job offers to them.  In some places these laws are referred to as “Ban The Box” laws. What exactly does this Act prohibit? 1. Employers cannot list questions on job application forms asking about criminal conviction history before a conditional job offer is made. 2. Employers cannot ask about ... Continue Reading


Legislative Updates Effective January 1, 2024

by on January 21, 2024

posted in Legislative Updates,

GENERAL GOVERNMENTAL MATTERS All bills take effect January 1, 2024, unless otherwise noted.   Brown Act: AB 557 revises the Brown Act (Govt. Code Section 54953) to remove the requirement (and corresponding references to that requirement) that there be a state declaration of an emergency to allow an all-zoom meeting.  Instead, local agencies may continue to use teleconferencing during a proclaimed local state of emergency.  Public Agency Internet websites:  AB 1637 adds Govt. Code Section 50034 which provides that no later than January 1, 2029, all public agencies must ... Continue Reading


Labor and Employment Law Updates for 2024

by on January 21, 2024

posted in Employment Law,

Effective January 1, 2024 (unless otherwise noted) Senate Bill 616: Sick Leave SB 616 adds a variety of provisions to the Labor Code starting with Section 245.5. Its provisions apply to both public and private employees and generally apply to employees covered by a collective bargaining unit as to the number of sick days provided.  However, the legislation does supersede MOU’s or other local policies as set out below.  The Amendment: Increases the minimum number of paid six days per year from 3 to 5 days Increases the cap on paid sick days from 6 to 10 per year ... Continue Reading


New COVID-19 Law Takes Effect

by on March 19, 2021

posted in Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Legislative Updates,

Governor Newson recently signed SB 95.  The law is effective not only immediately but retroactively to January 1, 2021.  As discussed more below, the law provides supplemental paid sick leave for all employees of an employer with 25 or more employees, with special rules for firefighters, when the employee is unable to work or telework if as a result of COVID-19. Retroactivity The law is in effect retroactively to January 1, 2021, and through September 30, 2021. Notice must be provided by posting the attached notice or emailing it to those employees who are not present at the workplace. The notice ... Continue Reading

tags: COVID-19, Labor Commissioner, SB 95,