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 email@example.com.
Labor and Employment
- CA Supreme Court Avoids the “California Rule” in Much-Anticipated Pension CaseApril 9, 2019In its March 4 ruling in Cal Fire Local 2881 v. California Public Employees' Retirement System, the California Supreme Court held that the Legislature’s elimination of the opportunity for employees to purchase additional retirement service credit does not violate the state or federal ... read more
- Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Claims: Is It Still Worth It?January 29, 2019The debate over mandatory arbitration provisions in employment agreements has always assumed that arbitration clauses favor employers. However, the most recent developments in a wage-and-hour case against fast-food restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill have called that assumption into question. As news reports about the case have suggested, Chipotle’s push to enforce its arbitration provision ... read more
Municipal and Special District Law
- 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
- 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