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AB 3308 Expands School District Ability to Offer Low Income Housing to District Teachers

Teachers and school district employees are often left with little to no affordable housing selection in the school districts where they teach, and as a result they often commute from long distance or live with several other district employees to afford rent.  In 2016, the Teacher Housing Act (the “2016 Act”) was passed and gave […]

Health and Wellness Week 1: Relieving Stress

Stress is perhaps the most common wellness issue, but it’s different for everyone. It may be caused by demanding work or school schedules, finances, family life, or long-term health problems. Regardless of cause, the impact is real. Excessive stress may cause headaches, lower energy, sweating, difficulty sleeping, and other significant health issues. It is important […]

New Bid Threshold for School District Contracts Effective January 1, 2021

On December 18, 2020, the California Department of Education announced the annual adjustment to the bid threshold for competitive contracts awarded by school districts. Public Contract Code section 20111(a) requires school districts to competitively bid contracts involving an expenditure of more than $50,000, adjusted for inflation, and award them to the lowest responsible bidder.  Per […]

New Laws in 2021: What to Know for Public Works Construction Projects

Due to the Covid-19 stay at home periods throughout the year the state legislature considered and passed fewer laws this year in comparison to previous years. Nonetheless, there are still several new laws to keep in mind as 2021 begins in just a few weeks. Below is a list of several important laws and code […]

California DFEH Releases Free Online Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Courses

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) recently released free online training courses aimed at assisting employers to comply with new state laws regarding sexual harassment prevention training. The release comes just in time for the new January 1, 2021 statutory deadline. Per Government Code section 12950.1, by January 1, 2021 employers such […]

Court of Appeal Rules School Districts are Exempt from the Unruh Civil Rights Act

On November 13, 2020, the California Court of Appeal decided a case of first impression regarding school district liability under the Unruh Civil Rights Act (“Act”).  The Court in Brennon B. v. Superior Court, 2020 Cal. App. LEXIS 1077 (Ct. App. Nov. 13, 2020) held that public school districts are not “business establishments” under the […]

Key Changes to Keep in Mind When Considering School District Surplus Property: A Summary of Recent Changes to the Disposition of Surplus Property Process and Expenditure of Proceeds

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought countless changes to the way Californians conduct business, complete daily tasks, and engage socially while remaining safe. Schools specifically have seen a number of changes in their operations, legal requirements, and financial responsibilities. The process for declaring property as surplus, selling or leasing surplus property, and expending proceeds from the […]

Thank You Veterans

On this Veterans Day, Parker & Covert LLP recognizes and thanks all veterans for their service.  Three of our partners, Douglas Yeoman, Jonathan Mott, and Spencer Covert served in the armed forces, making this national holiday all the more meaningful for our firm. Below is a brief history of this national holiday. In the United […]

National Book Month Attorney Spotlight – Spencer E. Covert

1. Why do you enjoy representing school districts?  I come from a family of educators and administrators.  Public education has always been an important aspect of my life and my family’s values. I enjoy representing school districts because it gives me an opportunity to give back to our community in a unique and important way. […]

National Book Month Attorney Profile – Sarita Patel

1. Why do you enjoy representing school districts?  I love working with people who are excited about their jobs.  The individuals I work with at the school districts, at every level, are always passionate about what they do and invested in the education of their students. 2. Where did you get your education?  I attended […]

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