California Municipal Law Blog

Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 adds Paid Sick Days

by on September 30, 2014

posted in Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Sick Leave,

The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 creates a requirement for all employers to provide paid sick days for all employees.  After July 1, 2015 any employee who works in California for 30 or more days within one year accrues sick leave at a rate no less than one hour for each 30 hours worked and is entitled to use the accrued sick days starting with their 90th day of employment.  The accrual rate is equivalent to 8-2/3  days per year.  The use of paid sick days can be limited to 24 hours in any one year of employment.  This includes temporary workers and part-time employees that ... Continue Reading

tags: Accrual, Collective Bargaining Agreement, Employee Benefits, Healthy Families Act of 2014, Healthy Workplaces, Penalties, Sick Leave,

Court Clarifies When Financial Contributions to Medical Marijuana Collective Are Lawful

by on August 28, 2014

posted in Law Enforcement, Medical Marijuana, Proposition 215,

Local governments in California—and especially law enforcement agencies—know all too well the many myths that pervade the medical-marijuana movement.  From the notion that California has “legalized” marijuana for medical purposes (those who legitimately use marijuana are only given immunity from prosecution) to the claim that dispensary operators can act as “caregivers” for their often numerous members (the State Supreme Court has clearly ruled otherwise) misperceptions abound about the proper interpretation of California’s landmark Proposition 215 and its companion legislation, ... Continue Reading

tags: Law Enforcement, Medical Marijuana, Medical Marijuana Program Act, MMPA,

Inverse Condemnation Liability Found When City-Owned Tree Falls on Private Property

by on August 20, 2014

posted in Inverse Condemnation, Public Works, Streets and Sidewalks,

If a tree falls in the middle of a forest when no one is around, one can debate whether it makes a sound.  But if a city-owned tree falls on private property and causes damage, the city’s liability cannot be debated.  So ruled a court on August 14, 2014.  ... Continue Reading

tags: Inverse Condemnation, Public Beautification Programs, Streets, Trees,

State Supreme Court Rules CEQA Inapplicable to Approval of Pro-Wal-Mart Initiative

by on August 12, 2014

posted in CEQA, Elections, Initiatives,

Californians are fond of government by initiative.  At the ballot box, state voters have registered their preferences on a number of hot-button issues.  Voters have done the same at the local level, often using the initiative power to slow the pace of growth and gain control over land use.  ... Continue Reading

tags: Big-box Retail, CEQA, Elections Code, Initiatives,

Special-Tax Approved Only by Hotel Owners Held Unlawful

by on August 10, 2014

posted in Mello Roos Act, Propositions 13/26/218, Special Taxes,

When a city proposes a special tax on only a certain class of property owners, may it allow only those who would be subject to the tax to vote on the proposed measure?  No, according to a recent court decision.  ... Continue Reading

tags: Community Facilities Districts, Mello-Roos Act, Proposition 13,