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January 2018 Newsletter – Community College Districts

Changes to Involuntary Paid Leaves for Community College Faculty California community college academic employees just got a due-process boost. A recently signed law has expanded the principles in the landmark Skelly case, which provided public employees notice and an opportunity to respond to allegations against them. (Skelly v. State Personnel Board (1975) 15 Cal.3d 194.)…

201801.02
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January 2018 Newsletter – School Districts

New Standards for Accommodation of Children with Disabilities under the IDEA and ADA Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”), public schools are required to provide children with free appropriate public education. To accomplish that, schools put together a group of school officials, teachers and parents to create an individualized education program for each…

201709.01
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September 2017 Newsletter – School Districts

Public Employers, the Union and New Hires A recently signed law has two requirements affecting public employers, including educators. Specifically, Government Code Sections 3555 through 3559 which require an employer to give a union’s exclusive representative access to the employer’s new hire orientations. Also, the employer must provide to the union certain job-related, as well…

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June 2017 Newsletter – School Districts

New Regulations Limit Use of Criminal Background Information in Hiring and Continued Employment The California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC), the agency regulating employment and housing discrimination, recently published new regulations on use of criminal history in employment decisions scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2017. The new regulations prohibit California employers…

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May 2017 Newsletter – School Districts

PERB Allows Pre-Hearing Motions to Dismiss Under Limited Circumstances In the recent case before the Public Employment Relations Board (“PERB”), Felicijan v. Santa Ana Unified School District (2017) PERB Decision No. 2514, the PERB examined the circumstances under which an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) could dismiss a case prior to hearing.  In this case, in…