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Labor Beat Alerts

Lawdragon Magazine Names MAJ Partners in 2021

   Published on:  15 Jun, 2021

They did it again! Gary Messing, Gregg Adam, and Jason Jasmine were listed again this year in the Lawdragon listing of 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers in the Country. This “indispensable guide to the heroic lawyers throughout the U.S. working to ensure that workers’ rights are respected and fairly compensated” was recently published for the … continue reading

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MAJ Wins Preliminary Injunction Against Meat Processing Plant Violating COVID-19 Worker Safety Protocols

   Published on:  01 Feb, 2021

We are proud to update you that on January 29, 2021, MAJ Attorneys Gary Messing, Monique Alonso, and Laurie Burgess secured a preliminary injunction against Foster Poultry Farms to protect workers at its Livingston plant represented by the United Farm Workers (“UFW”). This ruling comes hot on the heels of the Merced County Superior Court’s … continue reading

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Attack on CalPERS’ Refusal to Identify Disabled Retirees Dismissed by Court of Appeal

   Published on:  13 Jan, 2021

In a win for all public sector employees and retirees in the CalPERS system, the Third District Court of Appeal on Monday rejected Transparent California’s effort to reverse the Sacramento Superior Court’s ruling that CalPERS could withhold records identifying which of its retirees is disabled. This leaves standing the Superior Court’s decision that CalPERS correctly … continue reading

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MAJ Attorneys Secure First-In-The-Nation TRO To Address Unsafe COVID-19 Conditions In Meat Factory

   Published on:  04 Jan, 2021

We are proud to report that on December 28, 2020, on behalf of Foster Farms workers represented by the United Farm Workers (“UFW”), MAJ Attorneys Gary Messing, Monique Alonso, and Laurie Burgess secured the first temporary restraining order (“TRO”) in the nation that compels a meat packing plant to institute safety protocols issued by the … continue reading

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“I’m Still Standing!” The California Rule After Alameda

   Published on:  04 Aug, 2020

The biopic Rocketman concludes with Elton John’s hit “I’m Still Standing,” which was written in 1983, and signaled a sharp turnaround from a darker place in the maestro’s career. After Thursday’s decision in Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association v. Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association, the California Rule can also sing “I’m Still Standing;” however, its … continue reading

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California Supreme Court Rules That “the California Rule remains the law of California” But Still Rejects the Pension Claims of Employees and Unions

   Published on:  30 Jul, 2020

This morning, the California Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association v. Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association. The 90-page opinion maintains the California Rule but found that the changes to PEPRA at issue in this case were constitutional: With respect to the merits of plaintiffs’ constitutional claim, however, we hold … continue reading

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Governor Creates Workers’ Compensation Presumption for Employees Who Contract COVID-19

   Published on:  08 May, 2020

After significant lobbying from labor advocates, including MAJ, Governor Newsom issued an executive order this week creating a workers’ compensation presumption for employees who contract “any COVID-19-related illness.” This is a significant development for first responders who, as they serve the public, have been exposing themselves to the novel coronavirus for months without any assurance … continue reading

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Takeaways From Today’s Oral Argument in Alameda Pension Case

   Published on:  05 May, 2020

Here is one observer’s view on today’s important pension rights oral argument before the California Supreme Court in Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association v. Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association: 1. Gavin is largely reading from Jerry’s playbook. The Brown Administration argued aggressively that future public employee pension benefit accruals should not enjoy constitutional protection. In … continue reading

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Alameda Pension Case Oral Argument is Tomorrow: Three Things to Watch For

   Published on:  04 May, 2020

The California Supreme Court hears oral arguments (by videoconference) tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. in Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association v. Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association (it will be the second case argued). Pension critics urge the Court to overturn the judicially-created “California Rule,” which, going back some five decades, has protected public employee pensions against … continue reading

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Coronavirus — Recommended Protective Measures for Public Employees

   Published on:  04 Mar, 2020

On behalf of our public employee clients, we are actively monitoring developments relating to the spread of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). One of a labor union’s primary responsibilities is to protect its members and ensure that they have the best and safest working conditions – especially when a pandemic threatens. Northern California has become an … continue reading

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