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Published Articles

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 info@meyersnave.com.

Labor and Employment

  • Legislature Considers AB 1565 to Raise the Bar on Overtime Salary TestJuly 19, 2017The California Senate Appropriations Committee is considering AB 1565, a new bill that would require employers to meet a higher salary threshold for employees it seeks to categorize as exempt from overtime requirements. Current law requires employers to pay employees overtime for all hours worked beyond eight in a day or 40 in a work week, and provide those employees with meal and rest breaks, ... read more
  • AB 168: Is California Moving Toward Completely ‘Blind’ Hiring?May 10, 2017AB 168, introduced in January by Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), would prohibit California employers, including public sector employers, from requesting information about a job applicant's salary history or benefits. The bill also would require private sector employers to provide salary information about the job to candidates upon request. Although this requirement does not ... read more
  • AB 1289: New Law Creates Exception to the Trend of Limiting Pre-Employment ScreeningJanuary 18, 2017The overall trend in California has been, and continues to be, toward restricting the use of pre-employment screening. AB 1289, which took effect on January 1, 2017, added a narrowly defined type of employer -- transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber, Lyft and Wingz -- to the exceptions of employers that must conduct more, not less, pre-employment screening. In contrast, AB 1843, ... read more

Municipal and Special District Law

California Public Records Act

  • California Public Records Act: Next Steps for Public AgenciesJune 14, 2017The California Supreme Court recently decided a landmark case concerning the California Public Records Act ("CPRA"), which is expected to have wide ranging administrative, operational and financial impacts on public agencies.  The case concerned whether e-mails and text messages sent or received on personal accounts or devices of public officials and employees were subject to production under ... read more

Public Finance

  • Government Revenues: A How-To Guide for Implementing Propositions 26 and 218June 14, 2017Establishing sufficient and sustainable revenue streams is vital for the hundreds of municipalities and special districts throughout California. The key question is how to develop and implement traditional and non-traditional revenue measures within the parameters set by the California Constitution and state law. The League of California Cities recently completed a new "Implementation Guide for ... read more

Climate Change and Green Initiatives

  • What’s Next for California’s Cap-and-Trade Program?June 13, 2017These are not times for the timid when it comes to climate change regulation. The Trump administration announced that it is pulling out of the Paris Accords and China and the European Union are stepping into the void and taking the lead for the global community; the California Clean Energy Act of 2017, introduced by California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, would establish a target ... read more
  • California vs. Trump Administration: A Battle Over Vehicle Fuel Efficiency StandardsMay 17, 2017California is gearing up for a battle over the Trump administration's proposed repeal of existing regulations that significantly increase vehicle fuel efficiency standards by 2025. Greenhouse gas reduction and lower vehicle emissions to combat climate change are cornerstones of California's current environmental policy. California will assert its rights to continue to regulate vehicle emissions ... read more

Environmental Law

  • California Supreme Court to Hear Marijuana Related Zoning/CEQA CaseMay 11, 2017The California Supreme Court has granted review in Union of Medical Marijuana Patients, Inc. v. City of San Diego, a case that will impact how all developers and owners of all types of projects should approach projects that involve new or changed zoning ordinances, particularly those that concentrate or shift property uses within a jurisdiction. The decision is expected to provide ... read more
  • SB 258: Regulating Cleaning Products in CaliforniaMay 8, 2017California has traditionally taken the lead on the regulation and disclosure of chemicals in consumer products, and SB 258 is set to extend that lead to everyday cleaning products. The proposed bill has already passed both the Senate Environmental Quality and Labor and Industrial Relations Committees. Known as the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017, SB 258 would require that "chemicals of ... read more
  • California Senate Bills Respond to Trump Administration’s Rollback of Environmental LawsMarch 20, 2017The Trump Administration has begun taking significant action to deliver its promised repeal or replacement of various federal laws affecting air, water, climate, endangered species, and public land. To both hedge against and work around an expected ongoing rollback of environmental, natural resources and public health protections, California Senators recently unveiled three bills: SB 49 ... read more

Trial and Litigation

  • California Supreme Court Closes an Anti-SLAPP LoopholeJanuary 17, 2017The California Supreme Court began 2017 with a significant anti-SLAPP decision that confirmed the broad reach of the state's statute designed to protect freedom of expression. In Barry v. State Bar of California, 2017 DJDAR 83 (Jan. 5, 2017), the high court ruled that a lack of subject matter jurisdiction over a claim does not preclude a court from granting a special motion to strike under ... read more
  • California’s Anti-SLAPP Statute: New Case Law in 2016January 4, 2017In 2016, California state and federal appellate courts grappled with First Amendment protected freedom of speech issues in numerous critical rulings addressing the reach of the state's anti-SLAPP statute - a powerful litigation tool intended to protect free speech. Codified in Code of Civil Procedure Section 425.16, the anti-SLAPP statute authorizes a special motion to strike claims that are ... read more