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Yolo County Attorneys Association Achieves Large Pay Increases

The Yolo County Attorneys Association just ratified a three-year MOU with the County of Yolo that will result in an increase of over 16% in pay. The MOU includes a 3% COLA and a 2.21% equity adjustment retroactive to July 1, 2022. In January 2023, there will be a 5% equity adjustment, followed by a... continue reading

Merced DSA and Hanford POA Get Contract Deals

The Merced Deputy Sheriff’s Association recently ratified a two-year contract with the County of Merced for Bargaining Unit 10, which includes the Deputy Sheriffs. The contract provides for a 6% pay increase effective in the first year, plus a lump sum payment up to $1,500, upon ratification, for those employees who worked from March of... continue reading

MAJ Presents on Media Management at PORAC LDF Conference

Earlier this week, our very own Of Counsel Alison Berry Wilkinson was a featured speaker at the 2022 PORAC Legal Defense Fund Member Conference in Las Vegas on the topic of “Managing the Media and the Message.” Alison and the panel provided a successful and lively presentation, with practical advice, based on real-work examples, for... continue reading

Will Yamada Now on MAJ Team Of Counsel

Messing Adam & Jasmine LLP is very pleased to announce the association of Will M. Yamada, in his new role as Of Counsel to MAJ. Will is a principal with Tribuiano & Yamada, LLP and will continue his association with the firm he helped form in 2013. MAJ has a long history with Will, having... continue reading

Lina Balciunas Cockrell Invited to Speak at Public Sector Conference

Last Friday, May 6, 2022, our own Lina Balciunas Cockrell spoke at the 2022 Public Sector Conference in San Francisco sponsored by the Labor and Employment Law Section of the California Lawyers Association. Her panel's topic was Demystifying PERS: An Overview of the Litigation Process and Pitfalls. Lina, who has appeared before CalPERS (California Public... continue reading

Supreme Court Clarifies Rule on Malicious Prosecution Claims

The recent decision by the United States Supreme Court in Thompson v. Clark, 596 U.S. ____ (2022) has caused considerable concern among police officers and prosecutors. These law enforcement professionals who daily arrest and charge criminal defendants on the basis of probable cause may worry that they are now more vulnerable to malicious prosecution claims... continue reading

No POBR Remedy for Officers Caught Playing Pokémon Go

One of the key protections for a peace officer in the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act (“POBR”) is the right to have a representative whenever an interrogation could lead to punitive action against the officer. This protection is not limited to interrogations performed by Internal Affairs, but covers questioning by any supervisor... continue reading

COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Signed Into Law

On February 9, 2022, Governor Newsom signed into law S.B. 114, which resurrects California’s COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave law. This law was first enacted in 2020 to fill a gap left by the COVID-19 related paid sick leave provided under federal law. When the federal law expired at the end of 2020, California extended... continue reading

Alison Berry Wilkinson Joins Forces with MAJ

Messing Adam & Jasmine LLP is very pleased to announce the association of Alison Berry Wilkinson, in her new role as Of Counsel to MAJ. Alison will continue as principal with Berry Wilkinson Law Group, the firm she founded in 2008, while taking on new cases and challenges with MAJ. Alison is a long-time friend... continue reading

Court of Appeal Limits Retroactive Application of PEPRA and Grants Retiree Rare Victory

In a pension rights case with major implications, on August 10th, the First District Court of Appeal issued a decision for the retiree in Nowicki v. Contra Costa County Employees’ Retirement Association (Case No. A160337). In a surprising but welcome result, the Court overruled the retirement system’s attempt to reduce the retiree’s pension benefit retroactively... continue reading

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