Pocket Guide to Workplace Rights of Public Employees
By Bonnie G. Bogue, Carol Vendrillo and Liz Joffe
Updated by Michael A. McGill
5th Edition, 2017
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In concise and understandable language, this guide explains the many rights afforded public employees in California — state, local government, school, public safety, court employees, and in-home service workers — and in the federal workforce. It provides an overview of their rights under the United States and California constitutions and by various statutes, and explains how to enforce them.
Part 1 covers public employees' personal rights, such as free speech, equal protection, due process, privacy, and protections against wrongful termination or discipline, improper layoffs, and discrimination. Statutory rights provided by the Family and Medical Leave Act, the California Family Rights Act, the federal and state whistleblower protection acts, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and California's Fair Employment and Housing Act are explained.
Part 2 focuses on the rights of employees who work where there is a union, such as the right to be represented by an employee organization and the duties of the organization owed to the employee. The various public sector employment relations statutes governing California public employees are discussed.
This new edition updates readers in the developing case law, and in the statutory and regulatory changes in each area.
Table of Contents
|Part I: Individual Rights||3|
|1. Wrongful Termination or Discipline||5|
|2. Due Process||23|
|3. Employment Discrimination and Harassment||34|
|4. Privacy and Drug Testing||53|
|5. Personnel Files||63|
|6. Public Safety Officers Bill of Rights Act||75|
|7. First Amendment||84|
|8. Whistleblower Protection||97|
|9. Disability Rights||105|
|10. Family and Medical Care Leave||115|
|11. Layoffs and Reductions in Force||127|
|Part II: Employee Representation Rights||137|
|12. Protected Activities||144|
|13. Right to Union Representation||158|
|15. Duty of Fair Representation||170|
|16. Organizational Security Arrangements||181|
|Table of Cases||195|
|Index of Terms||212|