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Attorney Michael T. Travis to Appear as Panelist at 34th Annual OC LERA Labor and Employment Law Conference

The Orange County Labor and Employment Relations Association (“OC LERA”)  is holding its 34th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference on July 27, 2016 at the Anaheim Sheraton Park Hotel. This annual conference is co-sponsored by the National Labor Relations Board, OCLERA, and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. The conference will provide practical information on […]

Addison Covert to Speak at Coalition for Adequate School Housing Workshop on July 26

The Coalition for Adequate School Housing (“CASH”) will be presenting a workshop on July 26 (Sacramento) and July 28 (Ontario) on preparing for local school bond elections. The workshop will provide information on: The type of consultants needed for either an advocacy or public information bond campaign Building the local bond team for pre and […]

Students Entering Kindergarten or 7th grade Can No Longer Rely on Personal Belief Exemptions to Avoid Vaccination Requirements

 SB 277 Reminder: Law Now Fully In Effect Effective today, July 1, 2016, students entering kindergarten or 7th grade (known as “vaccination checkpoints”) must be vaccinated and can no longer rely on a personal belief exemption (“PBE”).  Students who have a PBE may be “grandfathered in” if they are not entering kindergarten or 7th grade.  […]

U.S. Department of Education Releases Updated Clery Act Handbook for Colleges and Universities

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act”) is a federal statute codified at 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f), which requires all colleges and universities who receive federal funding to share information about crime on campus and their efforts to improve campus safety, as well as inform the public of […]

State Allocation Board Authorizes Level III Developer Fees for the First Time; TRO Issued

At Wednesday’s meeting of the State Allocation Board, the Board voted to authorize Level III developer fees, consistent with Government Code section 65995.7.  This is the first time the Board has authorized the levying of Level III fees. Senate Bill 50, which was enacted in 1998, authorized school districts to levy developer fees at one […]

Court of Appeal Rules Competitive Bids Not Required for School District Entering Into Lease-Leaseback Contracts for New Facilities

The California Court of Appeal has issued a new decision regarding the use of lease-leaseback  agreements for school construction projects.  In the case entitled Mcgee v. Balfour Beatty Construction LLC, (Cal App., 2016 DJDAR 4306) plaintiff McGee brought suit against defendants Balfour Beatty and the Torrance Unified School District. Torrance had entered into lease-leaseback agreements […]

State Increases Limits to Developer Fees and Contracting Amounts

Update: On February 24, 2016, the State Allocation Board approved adjustments to the Level I developer fees.  The residential development amount was increased to $3.48 per square foot (from $3.39) and $0.56 per square foot for commercial/industrial development (increased from $0.55).  The change was the result of a miscalculation in the original amounts approved at […]

School Districts Must Initiate Due Process Hearing After Impasse

CALIFORNIA EDUCATION CODE SECTION 56346(f) COMPELS A SCHOOL DISTRICT TO INITIATE A DUE PROCESS HEARING WHEN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE PARENTS REACH AN IMPASSE In a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the panel concluded that a school district did not initiate a due process hearing within a reasonable time after a child’s parents failed […]

Labor Code Legislation Mandating Equal Pay for “Substantially Similar

Labor Code Section 1197.5 has been amended by SB 358 and will become effective on January 1, 2016. The law prohibits employers, including school and community college districts, from paying an employee wage rates less than rates paid to the opposite sex for “substantially similar work.” The work is to be reviewed as a composite […]

SB 532 Amends Education Code § 35012 Regarding Student Board Members

Effective January 1, 2016, Education Code section 35012 regarding student representation on governing boards maintaining one or more high schools is amended to provide: 1. The governing board has 60 days after receipt of a petition for pupil representation to include the nonvoting student within the membership of the governing board. The board may include […]


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