First Thursday, September 2022
09/09/2022
First Thursday, September 2022
Policing and police staffing in Portland, Oregon.Article: The Injustice Of Under-Policing In AmericaFirst Federal Appeals Court Plain View Project Case, Hernandez v. City of Phoenix, 2022 WL 3132422 (9th Cir. 2022).Phoenix And Plain View Project In State Court, McMichael-Gombar v. Phoenix Civil Serv
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First Thursday, August 2022
08/08/2022
First Thursday, August 2022
In this month’s podcast:Religious speech implications of the Supreme Court’s Kennedy decision.Confederate Flag Costs Sergeant Her Job, Cotriss v. City of Roswell, 2022 WL 2345729 (11th Cir. 2022).Garrity Offers No Protection For Dishonesty, Delaware v. MacColl, 2022 WL 2388397 (Del. Super. 2022).No
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First Thursday, July 2022
07/07/2022
First Thursday, July 2022
How does the Supreme Court decision in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District affect public safety employees and employers?Mentioned in this discussion: Garcetti v. CeballosOther cases discussed:New Disciplinary Matrix And Procedures Are Negotiable, City of Newark, 2022 WL 2168226 (N.J. PERC 2022).No
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First Thursday, June 2022
06/02/2022
First Thursday, June 2022
This month’s cases:Porta-Potty Retaliation, City of Shelton, 2022 WL 1442880 (CT.Dept.Lab. 2022). [Download the decision.]What Happens When The Employer Fails To Respond To A Grievance? Sun Coast PBA v. City of St. Petersburg, 2022 WL 1521990 (Fla. PERC Gen. Coun. 2022).No Weingarten Representation
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First Thursday, May 2022
05/05/2022
First Thursday, May 2022
In this month’s podcast:New Jersey Attorney General’s cannabis compliance memoCases coveredBuffalo Protest Officers Absolved In Arbitration, City of Buffalo, (Selchick 2022)Federal Court Halts Firefighter Shift Change On Free Speech Grounds, IAFF, Local 365 v. City of East Chicago, No. 2:21-CV-154-P
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First Thursday, April 2022
03/31/2022
First Thursday, April 2022
In this month’s podcast:Meet John Chrystal. John is the president of the Newark, New Jersey Police Superior Officers’ Association and has attended LRIS seminars for many years. He’s taken the knowledge gleaned from those seminars had translated it into wins for his union. Two recent cases illustrate
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First Thursday, March 2022
03/03/2022
First Thursday, March 2022
This month’s cases:Major Cell Phone Decision From Phoenix, Turiano v. City of Phoenix, No. CV-21-01428-PHX-MTL (D. Ariz. Feb. 4, 2022).Arbitrator Upholds Chicago Police Vaccine Mandate, City of Chicago, (George Roumell, Jr. Feb. 23, 2022).‘Gap Time’ And The FLSA, Conner v. Cleveland County, 2022 WL
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First Thursday, February 2022
02/03/2022
First Thursday, February 2022
A brief update on vaccine mandates.Cases:Arbitrator Upholds Lieutenant’s Termination For January 6 Charges, Bexar County, Texas (Thomas Cipolla, 2021). (Download the arbitrator’s decision.)LAPD Officers Lose Job To Pokemon Go, Lozano v. City of Los Angeles, 2022 WL 71705 (Cal. App. 2022).Union Can
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First Thursday, January 2022
01/06/2022
First Thursday, January 2022
Happy new year! This month’s podcast covers:Mandatory vaccinations programs (again). Courts and arbitrators continue to rule (69-0 by our last count) that there is nothing unconstitutional about employer vaccine mandates.First interest arbitration decision about mandatory vaccine programs.The law ab
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First Thursday, December 2021
12/03/2021
First Thursday, December 2021
This month’s podcast covers the most recent updates on vaccine mandates as well as the following cases:Due Process And The Brady Rule, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5 v. City of Philadelphia, 2021 WL 5182646 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2021) (see also Duchesne v. Hillsborough County Attorney, 2015 WL 389779
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First Thursday, November 2021
11/04/2021
First Thursday, November 2021
Are you tired of hearing about vaccination mandates yet? We hope not, because this podcast is all about the legality of mandatory vaccination policies (spoiler alert: they are legal). Will tackles some of the most common questions he’s received or seen regarding employer vaccination mandates. They
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Police Recruitment And Retention
10/28/2021
Police Recruitment And Retention
Will interviews Angie Salvato and Dr. Vidisha Barua Worley, Esquire on the current state of recruiting and retaining quality law enforcement officers. The interview covers: The changes in general nature of prospective officers they’ve seen over time and why they think these changes have occurred.
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First Thursday, October 2021
10/08/2021
First Thursday, October 2021
Tracking vaccine mandate litigation (Table) Police union website archive at Cornell Universityhttps://news.cornell.edu/stories/2021/09/police-union-websites-preserved-library-archive Cases: Apportioning Damages In DFR Cases, POAM v. Hatfield, 2021 WL 3907865 (Mich. App. 2021). No Duty Of Fair Repres
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Pat Fioretto Interview
09/09/2021
Pat Fioretto Interview
Will interviewed Chicago Pasquale “Pat” Fioretto regarding an important arbitration decision between the City of Chicago and the Chicago FOP Lodge 7. Pat represented the FOP in this case, which dealt with the issues: What constitutes a past practice?How do you prove a past practice?How do you com
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First Thursday, September 2021
09/02/2021
First Thursday, September 2021
More on mandatory vaccination programs Jacobson v. Massachusetts Bridges v. Houston Methodist Klaasen v. Trustees of Indiana University (7th Circuit opinion) From the EEOC: What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws Horvath v. City of Leander, 2020 WL
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First Thursday, August 2021
08/05/2021
First Thursday, August 2021
Will starts off this month’s podcast with things employers and unions need to know about mandatory Covid vaccine programs. The EEOC’s FAQ page. Employer Covid Vaccination And Testing Program Guidelines Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11 (1905) Bridges v. Houston Methodist Hospital, Case No. 21-C
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Interview With FOP Lodge 112 President Will Milam
07/15/2021
Interview With FOP Lodge 112 President Will Milam
Will Aitchison interviews Sergeant Will Milam, president of FOP Lodge 112 in Prince George’s County, Maryland and vice president of the Maryland State FOP Lodge. The two discuss what happened in Maryland that brought about the repeal of the country’s first state police officers bill of rights and w
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First Thursday, July 2021
07/01/2021
First Thursday, July 2021
The Last News Recruitment and retention crisis Mandatory COVID vaccination (San Francisco) Oregon Senate Bill 204 on police reform Cases: Federal Court Allows Mandatory Vaccinations, Bridges v. Houston Methodist Hospital, Civil Action 21-1774 (S.D. Tex. 2021). Shifts, Seniority, And Religious Accomm
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First Thursday, June 2021
06/03/2021
First Thursday, June 2021
Cases covered this month: Chicago Commits Bodycam-Related Unfair Labor Practices, Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #7 and City of Chicago, Case No. L-CA-20-024 (Ill. LRB ALJ 2021). Civil Service Referee Upholds Firefighter’s CBD-Based Termination, City of Cleveland (Colon), December 23, 2020. Link t
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First Thursday, May 2021
05/06/2021
First Thursday, May 2021
In this month’s podcast, Will cover public safety legislation from around the country. Maryland: Eliminates the police officers’ bill of rights, use of force reform, county police accountability boards. San Antonio: Establishes collective bargaining for police officers. Austin: Voters approve bindin
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First Thursday, April 2021
04/01/2021
First Thursday, April 2021
Facts vs Perception On Race In Policing USA Today Article CUPES Study The Cases: Lawsuit Filed Challenging Mandatory Vaccination Of Corrections Employees, Legaretta v. Macias, 2021 WL 833390 (D.N.M. 2021). City Can Be Liable For ADA Violations Of Third-Party Evaluators, Gibbs v. City of Pittsburgh,
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First Thursday, March 2021
03/04/2021
First Thursday, March 2021
Upcoming LRIS webinars, premium podcasts and seminars. The cases: Firefighters, Families Lose Lawsuit Over Fatal House Fire, Speakman v. Williams, 2021 WL 49947 (3rd Cir. 2021). Challenges In Illinois To The ‘Public Policy’ Doctrine, City of Chicago v. Chicago Fire Fighters Union, Local No. 2, Case
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First Thursday, February 2021
02/04/2021
First Thursday, February 2021
Will talks about the January 6 riot at the Capitol and the following cases: Public Policy And At-Will Employment, Potts v. City of Devils Lake, 2021 WL 99712 (N.D. 2021) Officer Loses Cell Phone Claim To Qualified Immunity, Lazar v. Knight, 2020 WL 7396255 (6th Cir. 2020). No Need To Track Down Atto
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How To Repair Broken Windows
01/13/2021
How To Repair Broken Windows
In today’s podcast, Will gives his reaction to events local (the third act of vandalism on his office) and national (the violent insurrection last week at the Capitol). What do events like these mean for us as a society in general and for police unions in particular? This is a no-holds-barred episo
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