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AB 1384 Aims to Address COVID-19 Liability Concerns as School Districts Prepare for a New School Year

As local educational agencies (LEAs) throughout the state continue to plan for the complicated transition back to school in the fall, the question of liability from COVID-19 related harm looms large. AB 1384, recently introduced by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D- Long Beach), aims to address this liability issue and allow LEAs to focus on providing […]

California Community College Legislation Roundup: New Laws for 2020

Since the October 13, 2019 deadline, Governor Gavin Newsom completed final action on more than 1,000 bills for the 2019 legislative year. Below are some of the newer ones that affect Community Colleges in California. All of the new laws listed below will take effect on January 1, 2020. AB 51: Employment Discrimination AB 51 […]

New Legislation Impacts California School Suspensions, Lunch Shaming, and Start Times

New Ban on Suspending Students for Willful Defiance California recently enacted SB 419, which amends Education Code section 48900, and now permanently prohibits public and charter schools from suspending fourth and fifth grade students for “willful defiance” and prohibits such suspensions for sixth through eighth grade students for five years, until July 1, 2025. “Willful defiance” […]

California Expands Lactation Accommodation Rights for Employees

Effective January 1, 2020, the Labor Code has been amended to enhance the provisions pertaining to lactation accommodation. The legislation will require an employer to provide a lactation room or location that includes prescribed features and to provide access to a sink and refrigerator, all near the employee’s workspace. It also makes the denial of reasonable […]

AB 695 Makes Significant Changes to Community College District Design-Build and Facilities Use Law

On October 3, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 695 (“AB 695”).  AB 695 extends the authorization for community college districts to use design-build by another ten years, until January 1, 2030.  AB 695 also includes a skilled and trained workforce requirement for community college design-build projects, mirroring the existing requirement for […]

School Districts Must Seek Confidentiality Agreement When Releasing Pupil Records Pursuant to Court Order or Subpoena

Education Code section 49077 concerning release of pupil information in response to a court order or subpoena has been amended effective January 1, 2019. (AB 2234, Stats. 2018, ch. 996.) Section 49077 previously only required a reasonable effort to notify a pupil and their parent or guardian prior to compliance with the subpoena or court […]

Assembly Bill Adds 6 Weeks Paid Leave for School and College Employees

UPDATE: Governor Brown vetoed Assembly Bill 568 on October 15, 2017. Governor Brown encouraged districts to consider participating in the State Disability Insurance program to provide employees with additional paid leave and expressed his belief that decisions regarding maternity leave pay are best resolved through the collective bargaining process. Governor Brown’s veto message for this […]

New Law Imposes Significant Changes to Public Works Contractor Registration and Prevailing Wage Reporting

On June 27, 2017 Governor Brown signed SB 96 which is effective immediately and will be implemented by the Department of Industrial Relations starting July 1, 2017. SB 96 makes significant changes to the contractor registration and prevailing wage monitoring program. Some of these changes may be helpful to school and community college districts while […]

New Law Imposes Additional Requirements On School Districts That Engage In Financings

Under current law, school districts issuing general obligation bonds, certificates of participation (“COPs”), or other forms of debt must submit timely reports to the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission (“CDlAC”) of the proposed issuance and final sale.  SB 1029 provides that commencing January 1, 2017, a school district must additionally certify that it has adopted local […]

New Law Revises Lease-Leaseback Procedures For School Districts

September 30, 2016 Assembly Bill 2316 Assembly Bill 2316 (“AB 2316”) has now been signed into law by the Governor in an effort to address uncertainty in the area of lease-leaseback construction projects.  Previously, the Court of Appeal decisions in Davis v. Fresno Unified School District (2015) 237 Cal.App.4th 261 and McGee v. Balfour Beatty […]

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