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The post was authored by Stephanie Lowe. CalPERS agencies must report the number of hours worked by employees in “out-of-class appointments” to CalPERS no later than July 30, 2018.  As discussed in our earlier blog, Assembly Bill 1487 went into effect January 1, 2018 adding Government Code section 20480 to the Public Employees’ Retirement Law.  The statute prohibits out-of-class appointments of members for more than 960 hours per fiscal year.  To ensure compliance,…
This post was authored by Stephanie J. Lowe and Frances Rogers. The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) recently decided to change its Actuarial Amortization Policy (“Amortization Policy”), which will impact employer contribution rates for contracting agencies. The revised Amortization Policy will go into effect for public agencies in the 2021-2022 fiscal year, which will be based on the June 30, 2019 actuarial valuations.  The policy changes include: Shorter amortization periods from 30 years…
This post was authored by Stephanie J. Lowe and Brett A. Overby Over the past two months, a series of hurricanes has caused devastation to the United States, Puerto Rico, and other regions.  As a result, the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) has called upon some public employees with special skills to deploy to the affected regions to provide disaster and medical relief.  This leaves public agencies with questions about how to classify an employee’s leave and…
Many public agencies are familiar with the well-known reasons why an employee can take time off of work, such as for paid sick leave, family and medical leave, disability or industrial injury leave, and jury duty leave.  However, in California, there are a few “lesser known” leaves that often get overlooked.  These leaves include School Activities Leave; Leave for Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking; and Leave to Perform Emergency Duties or Attend…
After the retirement parties are over, some individuals never truly retire.  Instead of taking it easy, some retirees choose to perform post-retirement work for non-CalPERS employers.  For example, a retired police captain may work for a private security firm and or a retired Human Resources director may open a private consulting practice.  While a retiree’s work for a non-CalPERS employer does not raise any issues regarding public agencies hiring retired annuitants, what many retirees…
On March 14, 2016, the Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District, Division 1 (San Diego) heard oral arguments in two cases challenging the Public Employment Relations Board’s (PERB) interpretation of factfinding procedures, which were put into place by Assembly Bill 646 (AB 646).  The specific issue in County of Riverside v. Public Employment Relations Board and San Diego Housing Commission v. Public Employment Relations Board was whether factfinding under the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (MMBA)…
With Valentine’s Day just behind us, cupid may have left a few arrows in the workplace.  People spend a lot of time at work and even more time at office lunches and happy hours, so it is not uncommon for workplace relationships to evolve into intimate relationships.  A U.S. workforce study found that 37 percent of workers have dated a coworker at some point in their career.  When romantic relationships enter the workplace, the relationship…
The holiday season is a festive time to be shared with family, friends and even co-workers.  Many employers also join in the celebrations by allowing employees to put up decorations and exchange gifts.  Employers also like to host holiday parties filled with food, music, and alcohol.  Sometimes, however, these activities can create legal liability for employers, particularly public entities.  We present here a few tips and reminders that can help employers avoid liability without spoiling…
On October 11, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 579 into law – this bill makes significant modifications to the current “Kin Care” law (Labor Code section 233) and the Child-Related Activities Leave law (Labor Code section 230.8).  SB 579’s changes to the Kin Care law and the Child-Related Activities Leave law will have a major impact on the current policies and practices of most California employers.  Below is a summary of the impact of…
INTRODUCTION UPDATE – Following up on our June 26, 2015 Special Bulletin, which outlined Assembly Bill 304, the proposed clean-up legislation for California’s Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (“Paid Sick Leave Law” or “AB 1522”), this urgency legislation passed the California Senate on July 13, 2015, with a vote of 39-0 and was signed into law by Governor Brown on the same day and is now effective. We have updated this Special Bulletin…