Pocket Guide to Workplace Rights of Public Employees (5th ed., 2017)


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
Preface 1
Part I: Individual Rights 3
Introduction 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
    Introduction 137
    12. Protected Activities 144
    13. Right to Union Representation 158
    14. Self-Representation 164
    15. Duty of Fair Representation 170
    16. Organizational Security Arrangements 181
Table of Cases 195
Index of Terms 212

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Weight 0.625 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 6 × 0.5 in