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Labor & Employment Law

AALRR’s extensive experience representing school districts and county offices in the context of certificated and classified employee layoffs has been regularly called upon. We are the only education law firm able to bring decades of Labor Code and wage and hour experience to public sector clients.

The firm has drafted and reviewed employment contracts and application forms for all categories of district employees, including administrators and temporary certificated employees. We also provide a broad range of services related to employee health and welfare benefits, including reviewing agreements for insurance and other services, as well as advising districts regarding their appropriate implementation.

Our attorneys represent clients through all stages of litigation: drafting and filing the initial complaint or responsive pleadings; preparing and responding to discovery; conducting factual investigations; preparing witnesses and defending depositions; retaining and deposing expert witnesses; preparing summary judgment motions; preparing for trial; trying cases; and dealing with appeals and other post-judgment issues. We have successfully represented school districts, community college districts, and universities in a number of precedent-setting cases. 

Our extensive experience before administrative agencies in regard to labor and employment relations includes the Public Employment Relations Board, California Fair Employment and Housing Commission, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, the Unemployment Compensation Board and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

AALRR also represents school districts and county offices in collective bargaining contract interpretation disputes, including grievance proceedings and arbitration, and the processing of unfair labor practice complaints and related procedures before the Public Employment Relations Board. 

We believe in being involved at the early stages of grievance procedures to ensure all legal issues are raised, explored and resolved—when possible—prior to arbitration. This strategy ensures that any affirmative defenses, such as timeliness and arbitrability, may be raised early in the process. When grievances proceed to arbitration, our firm interviews all witnesses, compiles documents and other information, prepares questions for witnesses, and presents the district’s case at the hearing.

Brown Act & Local Governance

AALRR attorneys are well versed in all aspects of the Brown Act and other laws pertaining to school district governance. We regularly provide legal interpretations and advice concerning board relations issues, including advising and in-servicing boards on the Brown Act. more

CDE Compliance Complaints

The number and variety of Compliance Complaint forms published and administered by the California Department of Education (CDE) is broad and complex. more

Charter Schools & Joint Powers Authorities

AALRR represents public school districts in all aspects of charter school operations. We regularly assist districts in responding to Proposition 39 facility requests by charter schools. In addition, AALRR assists districts with: more

Collective Bargaining

AALRR has been involved in public sector labor relations since the inception of the Educational Employment Relations Act in 1979. Our attorneys have negotiated thousands of collective bargaining agreements and memoranda of understanding since 1979, and have worked extensively with the California State Mediation and Conciliation Service in mediation and fact-finding. more

Contract Administration & Enforcement

AALRR has extensive experience advising and representing public agencies on a wide range of contract and personnel matters. more

Facilities & Construction

For over 30 years, AALRR has been extensively involved in all aspects of public and private construction matters throughout California. more

Investigations & Audits

In the public sector, investigating internal employee complaints often involves complicated personnel and legal issues. more

Labor & Employment Law

AALRR’s extensive experience representing school districts and county offices in the context of certificated and classified employee layoffs has been regularly called upon. We are the only education law firm able to bring decades of Labor Code and wage and hour experience to public sector clients. more

Performance Evaluation & Documentation

AALRR is at the forefront of this field, serving school districts, county offices of education, community colleges, universities and other public agencies with the premier training program and methodology for evaluating employee performance. more

Section 504

Similar to the Americans With Disabilities Act, Section 504 prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in programs receiving federal financial assistance for students with disabilities. more

Special Education & Due Process

AALRR’s special education and disability law services include representing school districts, SELPAs and county offices of education with the following: more

State & Federal Leave Statutes

There are numerous leave statutes within both the Federal and California laws. For employers, the combination of these laws can often become confusing. Our attorneys routinely guide clients through the intricacies and restrictions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). more

Student Investigations & Discipline

AALRR has extensive experience working with schools, school districts, SELPAs and county offices of education regarding student investigations and disciplinary procedures. more

Wage & Hour - Public Sector

Wage and hour lawsuits are a concern for all employers, but they can have particularly catastrophic effects on school districts and education agencies already burdened by budget cuts. AALRR helps school districts, county offices of education, community colleges, universities and other public agencies navigate the complex laws governing hours of work and payment of wages. more

Attorney Highlight

Steven J. Andelson

Partner

Has exclusively represented school and community college districts in employment law, personnel and labor relations, and general public school law.


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John W. Dietrich

Partner

Represents California school districts and community college districts in education law and labor relations matters, focusing on employee discipline and termination, discrimination claims, unfair practice charges, and negotiations.


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