On August 2, 2023, Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit organization focusing on consumer advocacy, submitted a proposed November 2024 ballot measure to the California Attorney General that would, among other amendments, make numerous changes to the California Public Records Act (CPRA)
Art Hartinger, Founding Partner at Renne Public Law Group, has been recognized by the Daily Journal as a 2023 Top Labor and Employment Lawyer in California. This distinction underscores Art’s ability to skillfully represent both public and private sector clients in litigation and advisory matters pertaining to labor and employment issues.
On June 5, our 2023 class of Renne Public Law Group (RPLG) fellows completed their public law programming, which encompassed 10 days of engaging speaker sessions, research projects and valuable mentorship opportunities.
Beginning June 27, 2023, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) expands protections for pregnant employees and job applicants. The PWFA is a new federal law that requires private and public sector employers with at least 15 employees to provide “reasonable accommodations” to known limitations related to qualified employees’ and job applicants’ pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless the employer can demonstrate that the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on business operations. The law further prohibits discrimination against qualified employees and job applicants because of their need for a pregnancy-related accommodation.
Renne Public Law Group (RPLG) is thrilled to announce that several of its attorneys have been honored with prestigious accolades from Super Lawyers, a renowned legal rating service. RPLG founding partners Art Hartinger and Jon Holtzman have been named 2023 Northern California Super Lawyers in Labor and Employment. Geoffrey Spellberg, an esteemed of counsel, has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer in Employment Litigation Defense. Partner Ryan McGinley-Stempel has been named a 2023 Northern California Rising Star in Constitutional Law.
In San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors v. Monell (2023) 91 Cal.App.5th 1248, the Court of Appeal upheld a voter initiative setting an unprecedented one-term limit and significant salary reduction for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. While courts have generally upheld term limits, this case tests the outer bounds of such laws.
On Monday, April 18, 2022, the Pension and Health Benefits Committee of the CalPERS Board of Administration voted to move forward with adopting a regulation governing the employment of retired persons, or “retired annuitants.”
Effective October 4, Renne Public Law Group (RPLG) welcomes three new associates—Michael Cohen, Jake Freitas and Garvey Vincent—all of whom are alumni of RPLG’s Public Law Fellowship Program, a two-week session designed to introduce law students to public law.
The Legislature has stepped in to formally amend open meeting laws to account for a new reality where a persistent global pandemic and extreme wildfires stoked by climate change create an enduring need to make virtual meetings a more permanent fixture for public meetings in California.
Renne Public Law Group (RPLG) Founding Partner Jon Holtzman and Senior Associate Jamal Anderson presented on police reform at the League of California Cities annual City Attorneys Conference. The presentation explored the wide range of initiatives and policy changes on the table for cities addressing police reform in California.