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Published Articles

2012

Labor and Employment

  • How Will PEPRA Affect Retired Annuitants?November 19, 2012The California Public Employee Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA) brought significant changes to public pensions in California that will take effect on January 1, 2013. PEPRA has sparked strong reactions from public agencies, unions and the public.  While the voice of retired annuitants has received less attention, PEPRA does impact retired annuitants in a number of ways. Eddie Kreisberg ... read more
  • Use of Criminal Records in HiringMay 28, 2012Employers often conduct criminal background checks during the hiring process. Advances in technology have made accessing applicants’ criminal history oftentimes as easy as pressing a button. As a result, employers may discover criminal records more frequently than in the past. Please click read more

California Public Records Act

  • Local Agency Electronic Media Use and California Public Records LawJune 1, 2012Members of the public and local agency officials carrying out the public’s business use electronic media to communicate, and this type of communication is increasingly widespread. Local agencies also use electronic media for external and internal communications and to create, transmit and store official information. This article provides an overview of the law affecting local agency ... read more

Public Finance

  • Mammoth Lakes’ Possible Filing Tests AB 506April 26, 2012Considerable anxiety about the condition of local finances exists because revenues continue to stagnate, weighed down by the on-going malaise in real estate markets, especially in housing. Moreover, there has been a recent trickle of Chapter 9 filings – the section in the U.S. Bankruptcy Code that applies to local government filings. It is not yet evident how much these individual cases ... read more

First Amendment

  • Preparing for the Next ProtestApril 16, 2012On November 26, 1981, in an effort to bring publicity to the plight of the homeless, 20 protestors pitched tents and slept overnight across the street from the White House in Washington D.C.’s Lafayette Park in violation of National Park Service regulations that prohibited camping in the Park. At dawn the next day, the United States Park Police advised the protestors to leave and a half-hour ... read more

Trial and Litigation