Legal Alerts

OMLO is committed to providing our clients with insight into important legal developments. Our Legal Alerts cover everything from new legislation to important judicial decisions. Please contact our offices or one of our attorneys to find out more about what these developments may mean for you.

January 3, 2023

2023 Legislative Update for School Districts

The following laws related to education were created or modified during the 2022 year and are already affecting or will affect California school districts in 2023 and beyond. If you have questions on any of ...... Read More

October 18, 2022

Campaign Donation Restrictions Expand to Local California Elected Officials

Senate Bill 1439 (“SB 1439”) significantly impacts campaign contributions to local elected officials and gives rise to new potential conflicts of interest. Effective January 1, 2023, SB 1439 extends existing prohibitions on campaign contributions under ...... Read More

October 10, 2022

New Law AB 2449 Modifies Brown Act Teleconferencing Procedures

On September 13, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 2449 (“AB 2449”) into law. Effective January 1, 2023, AB 2449 establishes four periods with differing options for remote access to, and member attendance ...... Read More

October 3, 2022

Newsom Signs AB 152 Extending COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

On September 29, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 152 (AB 152), which immediately extends the availability of COVID-19 paid supplemental sick leave for covered employees through December 31, 2022. California’s existing COVID-19 ...... Read More

August 17, 2022

California Supreme Court Rules that Penalties for Violating Rights of the Disabled Under Unruh Civil Rights Act Do Not Apply to Public School Districts

In a recent case involving a special needs student who was assaulted while on a public school campus, Brennon B. v. Superior Court, the question before the California Supreme Court was whether school districts can ...... Read More

August 5, 2022

California Senate Bill 197 Extends Key Housing Element Rezoning Deadlines, Expands Funding Opportunities

On June 30, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 197, which grants local jurisdictions in California with housing element due dates in 2021 additional time to complete any necessary rezoning. SB 197 also addresses the ...... Read More

July 5, 2022

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Football Coach’s On-Field, Post-Game Prayers Protected Under First Amendment

On June 27, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court (“Court”) issued its decision in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, ruling 6-3 that Joseph Kennedy, a part-time football coach at Bremerton High School, a public school in ...... Read More

June 16, 2022

AB 1655 Would Make Juneteenth an Official State Holiday for California Public Schools, Community Colleges, and the California State University Systems

In 2021, President Joe Biden signed legislation into law that established June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a federal holiday. Assembly Bill (AB) 1655, introduced by Assembly Members Jones-Sawyer, Mia Bonta, and Akilah Weber, ...... Read More

May 31, 2022

New Law AB 1276 Imposes a State-Mandated Local Program to Regulate Single-Use Foodware Accessories and Standard Condiments

AB 1276, authored by Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo, was signed into law on October 5, 2021. The goal of AB 1276 is to reduce the use of and waste generated by all single-use food service products.[1] ...... Read More

May 13, 2022

CEQA Notice and Filing Requirements Changed Under AB 819

Assembly Bill 819 (AB 819) took effect on January 1, 2022. The key changes for local public agencies to be aware of are the new communication, notice, and filing requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). AB ...... Read More

May 3, 2022

Cal/OSHA Adopts Third Revised COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards

On April 21, 2022, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (“Cal/OSHA”) voted to readopt a third revised version of its COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (“ETS”). The second readoption of the ETS took effect ...... Read More

March 2, 2022

California Department of Public Health Lifts Masking Requirements for Indoor Public Settings and Schools

On February 28, 2022, The California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) announced its decision to lift masking requirements for indoor public settings. Beginning March 1, 2022, all persons, regardless of vaccination status, are no longer ...... Read More

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