The California state legislature, local government entities, and state and federal courts are constantly changing the environment in which our clients operate on a daily basis and plan their future strategic direction. One way our attorneys provide superior value is by authoring articles in professional journals and legal newspapers that provide both context and analysis on a wide range of critical issues impacting public and private entities. Our most recent published articles are provided below, alphabetized by area of law. Prior articles are available in the annual archives in the left column or via the search function on our website. If you have a question about one of our articles or would like one of our attorneys to write an article for your publication, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Update on Workplace Rights of Transgender and Non-Binary EmployeesJuly 16, 2019Recent California laws and regulations provide protections for transgender and non-binary employees, ranging from expanding the Fair Employment and Housing Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender, gender identity, and gender expression, to specific regulatory codes that address restroom access, the option for a non-binary gender marker on state identification documents, and ... read more
- New California Law Bans Workplace Discrimination Based on Natural Hair and HairstylesJuly 9, 2019California is the first state to protect employees and students from discrimination based on natural hair and hairstyles associated with race. California Senate Bill 188, known as the CROWN Act, seeks to “Create a Respectful and Open ... read more
- 5G Wireless: How It Changes Local Regulatory EnvironmentsJune 12, 2019Dominating the next generation of wireless technology, known as 5G, is a high-stakes competition taking place on a global scale. The FCC recently adopted a “Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order” that brings the impact of this global race to every local community. The Ruling is designed to facilitate rapid and expansive 5G rollout by limiting local government regulation of the ... read more
- California Supreme Court Upholds Local Wireless Facility Rules, But the Debate Isn’t OverMay 6, 2019In the age of 4G LTE and the rise of 5G wireless technology, many local governments in California find themselves tasked with deciding how to regulate telecommunications facilities within their streets, often times at the expense of community aesthetics. The desire to preserve local control frequently results in a debate with telecommunications carriers about the boundaries of local authority and ... read more
- Practical Tips for Negotiating Today’s Complex IT Services ContractsFebruary 28, 2019Information technology equipment and services are critical to every aspect of a public entity’s daily operation. For example, information technology is the foundation for providing free Wi-Fi in downtown areas, upgrading a police department’s dispatch system, creating large scale systems for public records data retention, and enhancing a city’s fiber-optic network to provide ultra-high ... read more
- SCOTUS Expands Statute of Limitations for FCA WhistleblowersMay 28, 2019Under the federal False Claims Act, a false claim action must be brought by whichever is later: (1) six years after the violation or (2) “3 years after the date when facts material to the right of action are known or reasonably should have been known by the official of the United States charged with responsibility to act in the circumstances, but in no event more than 10 years after the date on ... read more
- Public Contracting Update: Court of Appeal Rules on Conflicts of Interest Involving Independent ContractorsJanuary 3, 2019The California Court of Appeals recently held in Strategic Concepts, LLC v. Beverly Hills Unified School District that an independent contractor can be considered a “public official” for the purpose of determining conflicts of interest under Government Code section 1090. It is critical for public agencies to understand how section 1090 applies to independent contractors and what to ... read more