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Labor and employment law podcast for public sector employees.

Labor and employment law podcast for public sector employees.


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Labor and employment law podcast for public sector employees.




First Thursday, February 2020

Developments with the Plain View Project First Lawsuit Against Plain View Project Is Dismissed, Pace v. Baker-White, 2020 WL 134316 (E.D. Pa. 2020) Firefighter Fired For Refusing Vaccination, Accommodation, Horvath v. City of Leander, 2020 WL 104345 (5th Cir. 2020). County Required To Arbitrate ‘Me-Too’ Grievance, County of Rockland, 2019 WL 6720466 (N.Y.A.D. 2019). Romantic Relationships And Sexual Discrimination, Word v. City of Chicago, 2020 WL 57642 (7th Cir. 2020) Requiring Pregnant...


First Thursday, December 2019

This month’s cases: Employer May Not Unilaterally Impose Waiver Of Right To Bargain, Gator Lodge Number 67, FOP v. City of Gainesville, 46 FPER ¶ 169 (Fla. PERC 2019). Not Improper ‘Direct Dealing’ For Negotiators To Have Sidebar Discussion, Jamison v. East Lake Tarpon Special Fire Control District, 46 FPER ¶ 153 (Fla. PERC Gen. Coun. 2019) Firefighter Staffing Per Shift Negotiable, City of Everett v. PERC, 2019 WL 5541502 (Wash. App. 2019). Pre-Statement Video Review Is A Negotiable Topic,...


Interview With April Upchurch Fredrickson

The current presidential administration is undoubtedly conservative. This is reflected in the pro-management position its judicial appointments and the Department of Labor have taken on labor and employment issues. As a result, many municipalities, counties and states have passed laws and implemented rules more favorable to labor. Using the new Oregon family leave law as a starting point, Will and Jackson Lewis attorney April Upchurch Fredrickson discuss how employers navigate this...


First Thursday, September 2019

Update: The fallout from the Plain View Project. The Plain View Project is run by a Philadelphia attorney who seeks to reveal the identity of law enforcement officers in eight jurisdictions who post what the attorney deems as sexist, racist or other unsuitable messages on Facebook. Cases: Employer Must Provide Information Before, Not After, Loudermill Hearing, Town of Auburn, 2019 WL 3574289 (MA LRC ALJ 2019) Personality Traits Not Protected By ADA, Donley v. Village of Yorkville, 2019 WL...


First Thursday, August 2019

Will gives (yet another) warning about potential dangers posed by social media for public safety employees. He gives several recent examples of law enforcement, corrections and fire protection employees who have lost their jobs over controversial social media posts. Cases covered this month: ‘Exploding’ Offers Can Be Bad-Faith Bargaining, City of Arcadia (2019) PERB Decision No. 2648-M (Cal. PERB 2019). No Privacy Rights To Flash Drive Plugged Into Employer’s Computer, Edwards v. State of...


First Thursday, July 2019

Will gives another, very necessary, warning about posting on supposedly private social media forums. He also discusses these cases: Deputy Cannot Sue Prosecutor For Wrongful Placement On Brady List, Harris v. Chelan County Sheriff’s Department, 2019 WL 1923924 (E.D. Wa. 2019). Seniority Prevails Over ADA For Day Off Selection, McIntyre v. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 2019 WL 2120324 (D.D.C. 2019). The ADA And Light Duty Jobs, Garvey v. Sullivan, 2019 WL 2142530 (2nd Cir....


First Thursday, June 2019

Will talks about the Plain View Project, an online database of Facebook posts and comments by current and former law enforcement officers that include racist, sexist, anti-Muslim and other controversial sentiments. He also covers the following cases: Employer Cannot Refuse To Negotiate With Union’s Lawyer, FOP, Lodge 109 v. SEPTA, 50 PPER ¶ 7 (Penn. LRB 2019) ‘Do Not Apply’ Alert Is Protected Union Speech, City of Santa Maria, 43 PERC ¶ 161 (Cal. PERB ALJ 2019) Discipline Outside Of...


First Thursday, May 2019

Will covers four cases this month including a Florida case that deals with the relationship between Garrity and Miranda and an Illinois case involving the relationship between HIPAA and the ADA in regards to fitness for duty evaluations. Full list of cases: How Miranda and Garrity Relate To Each Other, State of Florida v. Socarras, 2019 WL 1548623 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2019). HIPAA Forms Can Violate Americans With Disabilities Act, Nawara v. County of Cook, 2019 WL 1399972 (N.D. Ill. 2019)....


Interview With Police Chief Jim Porter

Jim Porter of the Bend, Oregon Police Department discusses how a focus on the emotional and physical health of a police department can transform the morale, productivity, and job satisfaction of officers. In the five years he has held his position, Chief Porter has implemented a number of innovative programs designed to improve the well-being of officers. These methods have proven effective, and in 2018 the Bend PD was given the Department of Justice Officer Wellness Award. LISTEN


First Thursday, April 2019

This month’s cases include: California Supreme Court Ducks (For Now) Major Retirement Question But Allows End To ‘Air Time,’ Cal Fire Local 2881 v. California Public Employees’ Retirement System, 2019 WL 1008413 (Cal. 2019). Exclusionary Rule Does Not Apply In Disciplinary Appeal, Ramirez v. State Personnel Board, 2019 WL 948970 (Cal. App. 2019). DROP Benefits Can Be Prospectively Reduced, Eddington v. Dallas Police and Fire Pension System, 2019 WL 1090799 (Tex. 2019). Anti-Union Animus, Not...


First Thursday, March 2019

Our first premium podcast was released on February 20. Will interviewed noted FLSA attorney Greg McGillivary. Subscribe to our newsletter or premium podcasts for access. This weeks cases include: Blanket ‘Gag Order’ Violates Bargaining Law, Santa Clara County Correctional Peace Officers’ Association, 43 PERC ¶ 104 (Cal. PERB 2018). Denial Of Transfer Can Be ‘Adverse Employment Action,’ Yee v. Massachusetts State Police, 2019 WL 347521 (Mass. 2019). Arbitrator’s Decision To Reinstate Officer...


First Thursday, February 2019

Have you heard about our new premium subscription service? We’re adding a second monthly podcast interview series, access to LRIS books and newsletter articles, and a 5% discount off of seminar registration fees and book orders. Choose the Premium Podcast or Public Safety Labor News subscription options. This month’s cases include: What Does ‘Substantial’ Evidence Mean? Conley v. City of St. Louis, 561 S.W.3d 848 (Mo. App. 2018). The Employer Interviewing Union’s Witnesses: What Are The...


First Thursday, January 2019

Happy 2019 from LRIS. This month’s cases include: Arbitrator Upholds Termination Of Tamir Rice Officer, But On Other Grounds, Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, AAA #01-17-0003-7910 (James Rimmel 2018). Unions And The Duty Of Fair Representation, Wayne County Sheriff’s Association, 32 MPER ¶ 26 (Mich. ERC 2018). Because Of Disciplinary Impact, Body Cameras Are Negotiable, AFSCME, Local 61 v. State of Nebraska, 2018 WL 5846045 (Neb. CIR 2018). LISTEN


First Thursday, December 2018

It’s the last First Thursday of month. Will has been a bit under the weather, which is why we’re late this month, but we’ve forced him out of his sick bed and into the recording room. First Post-Janus Cases Decided A variety of lawsuits have been filed across the country in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME. Court decisions have now been issued in three of cases. Need Unions Refund Fair Share Dues Collected Before Janus? Need Unions Refund Fair Share Dues...


First Thursday, November 2018

Another survey! This one is about LRIS seminars, and one lucky participant will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Complete the survey online here The deadline to be entered in the drawing is November 8. This month’s cases include: To What Due Process Are Chiefs Owed, And When?, Straub v. City of Spokane, 738 Fed.Appx. 392 (9th Cir. 2018). Pennsylvania Sorts Out Cancer Presumption, With Difficulty, City of Philadelphia v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal...


First Thursday, October 2018

Show Notes What do you think of the podcast? How do you listen? Help us make the podcast better by taking our short survey! This month’s cases: What Happens If You Can’t Agree Whether Bargaining Should Be In Public? Lincoln County, 2018 WL 4292910 (Wash. PERC 2018). Court Finds San Francisco Use Of Force Policy Not Negotiable, San Francisco Police Officers’ Association v. San Francisco Police Commission, 2018 WL 4611595 (Cal. App. 2018). Barring Criticism Of City Is Unlawful ‘Prior...


First Thursday, September 2018

This month’s cases: FOP’s Attempt To Intervene In Consent Decree Case Untimely, State of Illinois v. City of Chicago, 2018 WL 3920816 (N.D. Ill. 2018). Citizen’s Initiative Cannot Be An End-Run Around The Bargaining Process, Boling v. PERB, 2018 WL 3654148 (Cal. 2018). Supreme Court Narrows Cell Phone Searches Even Further, Carpenter v. United States, 585 U.S. ____ (2018). No Violation Of Public Policy To Reinstate Officer Guilty Of Poor Performance, City of Crystal Lake v. Metropolitan...


First Thursday, August 2018

Ten question to ask in the wake of the Janus decision. Wyoming Law Requires That Volunteers Be Included In Firefighter Bargaining Unit, IAFF, Local 5058 v. Gillette/Wright/Campbell County Fire Protection Joint Powers Board, 2018 WL 3322899 (Wyo. 2018). Prosecutor ‘Absolutely Immune’ For Suit Alleging Brady-List Type Retaliation, Savage v. State of Maryland, 2018 WL 3398220 (4th Cir. 2018). ‘Repayment Of Training Costs’ Contract Not Enforceable, Borough of Madison v. Marhefka, 2018 WL...


First Thursday, July 2018

Show Notes The big news this month is, of course, the Supreme Court’s Janus decision. Will discusses the court’s reasoning behind the decision, its immediate effects, and how public safety unions should deal with it. Will also reviews the following court decisions: No Duty Of Fair Rep In Criminal Cases, Cooke v. Palm Beach County PBA, 44 FPER ¶ 313 (Fla. PERC Gen. Counsel 2018) Corrections Officers Lose Due Process Claim For Safe Workplace, Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association v....


Supreme Court’s Janus Decision

Will discusses the implications of the Supreme Court’s Janus decision. DOWNLOAD