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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

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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 day increases the cap on paid sick days from 6 to 10 per year and from 48 to ... Continue Reading

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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,

State Budget Plan Includes Reimbursement for Local Government Agencies Required to Participate in MMBA Fact Finding

by on April 14, 2020

posted in Employment Law, Unions,

The requirement in Government Code 3505.4, as amended by AB1606 (2012), that local government agencies participate in Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (“MMBA”) Fact-Finding when certain conditions are met after reaching impasse has been determined by the Commission on State Mandates to be a state-mandated activity with reimbursable costs.  The initial program established by AB 646 in 2011 had previously been held not to be a mandated requirement.  ... Continue Reading

tags: Bargaining, Commission on State Mandates, Fact-finding, Meyers Milias Brown Act, State mandates,

Governor Issues New Executive Order Suspending Voting Rights Act Deadlines

by on April 10, 2020

posted in Elections, Meetings,

Yesterday, Governor Newsom amended his previous executive order regarding deadlines under the California Voting Rights Act (“CVRA”).  His new order clarifies that the suspension of CVRA deadlines applies to both of the “safe harbor” periods provided in Elections Code section 10010.  It is clear now the suspension applies to the first, 45-day period local agencies have to consider adoption of a resolution expressing intention to convert to district elections, as well as the second, 90-day period for the public hearings to create districts.  ... Continue Reading

tags: At Large Elections, By District Elections, California Voting Rights Act, Executive Order,