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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 6, 2022

California Legislation on Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a learning disorder impacting millions of children worldwide, most commonly characterized as difficulty reading. As October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, OMLO’s Special Education Practice has summarized recent legislation in California regarding dyslexia in ...... 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

September 19, 2022

OMLO Named to Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Most Admired Law Firms to Work For” List for Second Year

OMLO is proud to announce that it has been listed for the second consecutive year by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the “Most Admired Law Firms to Work For” in the L.A ...... Read More

September 15, 2022

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: How Mendez v. Westminster School District of Orange County Ended Segregation in California Schools

As a certified minority-owned law firm, OMLO is proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place from September 15 through October 15, and to highlight the culture and contributions of those whose ancestors came ...... 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 28, 2022

Rick R. Olivarez Interviewed by Authority Magazine on “5 Things You Need To Create Or Lead A Successful Law Firm”

OMLO’s Founding and Managing Partner Rick R. Olivarez was recently interviewed for the Authority Magazine series “5 Things You Need To Create Or Lead A Successful Law Firm,” which asks legal leaders for insight on ...... 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 17, 2022

Observing Juneteenth

OMLO is proud to acknowledge and honor Juneteenth, the oldest national observance of the ending of slavery in the United States. The holiday commemorates the events of June 19, 1865, when, two and a half ...... 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