In This Issue:
- New Legislation Public and Private Employers
- Wage and Hour Law
- Disability, Discrimination and Medical Leaves
- Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation
- Religion in the Workplace
Handcuffing a Suspect During Investigative Detention Does Not Automatically Create a Custodial Interrogation for Purposes of Miranda -
Overview: A California court of appeal recently held that investigatory questioning at…more
In October, five California mayors proposed a statewide initiative – The Pension Reform Act of 2014 (Act) – which, if approved, will amend the California Constitution. The Act was amended last month for the principal purpose of…more
Filing Fees for CEQA Notices of Determination Increase Effective January 1, 2014 -
Effective January 1, 2014, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) has increased its filing fees for all CEQA Notices of…more
Compassionate Use Act and Medical Marijuana Program Do Not Preempt a Municipality’s Police Power to Prohibit the Cultivation of Marijuana
Overview: A California court of appeal recently affirmed a trial court’s dismissal…more
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) granted a one-week extension until December 13 for interested parties to submit comments on establishing a transition period under the newly signed Assembly Bill 327 (AB 327)…more
Overview: The Ninth Circuit recently reversed a trial court’s denial of a motion to suppress the fruits of a home search. The court found the government had the burden of establishing a houseguest had the “apparent authority” to…more
If a public employee reports departmental-safety concerns to his supervisor, and the employee is removed from duty for raising those concerns, does the employee have a viable First Amendment retaliation claim?
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today formally released and requested comment on proposed rules to accelerate the expansion of wireless broadband services nationwide, which could limit local governments’ zoning…more
In the recently published decision in City of Irvine v. County of Orange the Court of Appeal held that the county’s approval of an application for state funding to expand a jail facility was not a project under the California…more
When business owners sign a lease for a new space, their key concerns are typically the rent amount, location and the disruption to business from moving. However, a lease is one of the most important contracts a business owner…more
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) set a Friday deadline for interested parties to submit comments on establishing a transition period under the newly signed Assembly Bill 327 (AB 327). For existing net-energy…more
Overview: The Ninth Circuit recently upheld a federal law that bans misdemeanor domestic violence offenders from possessing firearms for life. A gun owner convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence in 1996 claimed that he was…more
Many cities have struggled with the effects of foreclosures.
But given the complex mix of state laws that often governs the issue, how much authority do local governments have in this area?
A First Circuit case,…more
As a very general rule, arguments in a brief should appear in order of descending power or importance. A judge may stop reading on reaching a clearly winning argument or on deciding that the opening briefing is so weak as not to…more
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