The Labor & Employment team is skilled in collective bargaining, contract administration, managing public perception, and grievance processing, as well as all areas of public agency employment law. Our firm works with nearly all types of public agencies throughout the state, including school districts ranging from single-site to multi-campus school districts, County Offices of Education, community college districts, superior courts, and special districts.
Many of our clients rely on us to serve as chief negotiators or bargaining team members and bargain on their behalf. We are well versed in traditional bargaining as well as interest-based bargaining (IBB). Many of the firm's attorneys are certified IBB trainers. Our team of negotiations experts is familiar with the wide range of funding models and the issues presented by Basic Aid, the new Local Control Funding Formula, and federal and state grant programs. We represent clients in all steps of impasse, including filings with the Public Employment Relations Board, mediation, fact-finding, strike preparation, and unilateral implantation. Similarly, we regularly represent clients through all phases of unfair labor practice proceedings before the Public Employment Relations Board. We also advise clients regarding union certification, decertification, and unit modification.
In addition to labor relations, clients rely on F3's Labor & Employment team to provide legal services and counsel across all employment matters, from wage and hours issues to disability, harassment, leaves, discipline, and dismissals. We regularly assist clients with responses to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation complaints filed with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and related litigation. We regularly advise clients on the Family Medical Leave Act, as well as the California Family Rights Act, the employment of public employees and extended leave of absence issues. We also engage in all manner of employee discipline proceedings and layoffs, including resulting appeals by way of litigation. We review and revise board policies and administrative regulations. Our experience includes working with a number of merit systems in both school and community college districts. We also act as counsel for personnel commissions, a position that has provided in-depth understanding of merit system issues.
F3 attorneys are well prepared to provide excellent training and professional development across a multitude of labor and employment matters, including drafting contract language, effective negotiation strategies, sexual harassment prevention (AB 1825), mandated reporter obligations, and hiring/observation and evaluation strategies that drive excellence. Many attorneys in our firm began their careers as teachers, aides, and administrators, providing them with a unique perspective on the needs and priorities of public education agencies.