California Public Employee Relations

Pocket Guide to Workplace Rights of Public Employees

By Bonnie G. Bogue, Carol Vendrillo and Liz Joffe
3rd Edition, 2013

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In concise and understandable language, this compact edition explains the many rights afforded public employees in California — state, local government, school, public safety, and court employees — and in the federal workforce. It provides an overview of the rights that have been granted to individual employees by the United States and California Constitutions and by a variety of statutes, including the federal and state whistleblower protection acts, — the Family and Medical Leave Act, the California Family Rights Act, and anti-discrimination laws, including  Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the state Fair Employment and Housing Act.

Part I covers personal rights that public employees enjoy, such as free speech, equal protection, due process, privacy, and protections against wrongful termination, discrimination, and improper layoffs. Part II explains the rights of individual employees who work where there is a union, such as the right to participate (or not to participate) in a union and the union’s duty to fairly represent all employees, regardless of union membership or political activity.

The new edition updates readers in the case law and in the statutory and regulatory changes in each area.



Preface 1
Part I: Individual Rights3
    1. Wrongful Termination or Discipline5
    2. Due Process 20
    3. Employment Discrimination and Harassment 29
    4. Privacy and Drug Testing 44
    5. Personnel Files 52
    6. Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act 63
    7. First Amendment 71
    8. Whistleblower Protection 82
    9. Disability Rights 89
    10. Family and Medical Care Leave 98
    11. Layoffs and Reductions in Force 109
Part II: Employee Representation Rights 118
    Introduction 118
    12. Protected Activities 125
    13. Right to Union Representation 137
    14. Self-Representation 142
    15. Duty of Fair Representation 148
    16. Organizational Security Arrangements 159
Table of Cases 172
Index of Terms 186


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