A  Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge ruled Tuesday in Vergara v. State of California that teacher tenure laws in California are unconstitutional because they deprive students of their right to an education under the State’s Constitution.  The judge also ruled that the laws governing teacher dismissal and layoff (last-in and first-out) were also unconstitutional. 

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Number 28:  The Older Workers Benefit Protection Act and Settlement Agreements in General In 1990, Congress amended the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA, prohibiting age discrimination for workers 40 and older) to add rules regarding the waiver of the right to sue under the ADEA.  Unlike Title VII, where the rules for waivers of…

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Number 10:  Harassment Training Becomes The Norm In 2005, when first responders arrived in New Orleans to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, they did not hit the ground running.  Some of that was attributed to mismanagement and other bureaucratic delays, but one fact was not lost on the media: doctors, nurses, EMT’s and firefighters had…

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In mid-April 2009, the Rio Hondo Community College District advised the California School Employees Association (CSEA or Union) of its intent to install surveillance cameras in its new Learning Resource Center.  Thereafter, the College expanded its plans to include the placement of such cameras in its parking lots.  The cameras would show CSEA bargaining unit…

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