First Thursday, October 2021
10/07/2021
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-archiveCases:Apportioning Damages In DFR Cases, POAM v. Hatfield, 2021 WL 3907865 (Mich. App. 2021).No Duty Of Fair Representa
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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 programsJacobson v. MassachusettsBridges v. Houston MethodistKlaasen 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 LawsHorvath v. City of Leander, 2020 WL 10434
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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 GuidelinesJacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11 (1905)Bridges v. Houston Methodist Hospital, Case No. 21-CV-01
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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 wh
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First Thursday, July 2021
07/01/2021
First Thursday, July 2021
The Last NewsRecruitment and retention crisisMandatory COVID vaccination (San Francisco)Oregon Senate Bill 204 on police reformCases:Federal Court Allows Mandatory Vaccinations, Bridges v. Houston Methodist Hospital, Civil Action 21-1774 (S.D. Tex. 2021).Shifts, Seniority, And Religious Accommodatio
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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 to C
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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 binding a
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First Thursday, April 2021
04/01/2021
First Thursday, April 2021
Facts vs Perception On Race In PolicingUSA Today ArticleCUPES StudyThe 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, 2021
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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 No.
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First Thursday, February 2021
02/03/2021
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
01/12/2021
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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First Thursday, January 2021
01/07/2021
First Thursday, January 2021
What race-specific effects does the size of a police force have? Will Aitchison talks about a recent study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research that addresses this question. Cases covered this month: Whether Bargaining Should Be In Public Is Not Mandatory For Bargaining, Lincoln Cou
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First Thursday, December 2020
12/02/2020
First Thursday, December 2020
It’s the last First Thursday podcast of 2020. Will gives a COVID-19 update and covers the following cases: Bargaining Obligation Prevails Over Wage Recoupment Statute, Teamsters Local 839 v. Benton County, 2020 WL 6602939 (Wash. App. 2020). Qualified Immunity Bars Dispatcher’s Second Amendment Claim
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Interview With Psychologist Dr. Michelle Lilly
11/10/2020
Interview With Psychologist Dr. Michelle Lilly
Will interviews Dr. Lilly about the prevalence of PTSD among first responders with a specific focus on dispatchers. Mental Health Training and Intervention: A Critical Component of Police Reform
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First Thursday, November 2020
11/04/2020
First Thursday, November 2020
Will discusses ballot measures from across the country on police issues. Cases covered: Prosecutor Allowed To Disclose Brady Information To Chief, In re Grand Jury Investigation, 485 Mass. 641 (Mass. 2020). Prosecutor Shielded From Officers’ Suit By Qualified Immunity, Stockdale v. Helper, 2020 WL
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First Thursday, October 2020
09/30/2020
First Thursday, October 2020
Announcements: The new edition of our book The Rights of Law Enforcement Officers is now available. 2021 Seminar Schedule LRIS Webinars Cases: When Does An Employer Have To Disclose Disciplinary Files? Milwaukee Police Supervisors’ Organization v. City of Milwaukee, 2020 WL 5747114 (WI.Emp.Rel.Com.
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First Thursday, September 2020
09/03/2020
First Thursday, September 2020
An update on LRIS seminars during COVD-19 The police reform movement Cases: City Stuck With Police Director’s Grievance Resolution, City of Newark, 47 NJPER ¶ 15 (NJ PERC ALJ 2020). Reinstatement Of Corporal Who Used Unnecessary Force Does Not Violate Public Policy, Cuyahoga County v. UAW, Local 70
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Interview: Challenges Facing Police Union Presidents
08/12/2020
Interview: Challenges Facing Police Union Presidents
Jeremy Conking of the Anchorage Police Department Employees Association and Keith Olson of the Yonkers Police Benevolent Association speak with Will Aitchison about challenges facing police unions today and how they are dealing with them.
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First Thursday, August 2020
08/05/2020
First Thursday, August 2020
Protests in Portland, Oregon Social media screening services From our Q&A: Is there existing case law regarding an employee’s refusal to wear a protective mask on religious grounds? Cases: Public Records Law Prevails Over Purging Clause In Contract, City of Chicago v. Fraternal Order of Police, 202
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Minnesota Police Reform Bill (Corrected)
07/21/2020
Minnesota Police Reform Bill (Corrected)
A previous version of this podcast included the wrong recording. Will discusses Minnesota’s sweeping new police reform billp just passed last night. Sections 1 & 3, Peer Counseling (00:01:20) Section 2, Critical Incident Stress Management Data (00:05:11) Section 4, Critical Incident Stress Managemen
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First Thursday, July 2020
07/01/2020
First Thursday, July 2020
Covered in this month’s podcast: Labor and employment issues coming out of the pandemic (00:00:43) The police reform movement (00:03:56) Brady Does Not Allow Employer To Fire Officer Without Providing Reasons, Borough of Gettysburg v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 776, 2020 WL 302298
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Proposed Police Reform Legislation, Part 2
06/17/2020
Proposed Police Reform Legislation, Part 2
The Senate Republican bill on police reform has been released and Will covers the big takeaways.Download our table comparing President’s Trump’s executive order, the senate Democrat’s bill, the senate Republican’s bill and proposed legislation out of the state of Colorado.
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Proposed Police Reform Legislation
06/16/2020
Proposed Police Reform Legislation
Will covers police reform legislation proposed by U.S. Senate Democrats and the state of Colorado as well as President Trump’s executive order on police reform. President Trump’s Executive Order U.S. Senate Democrat’s Bill Colorado Senate Bill 20-217Police Reform Legislation Table
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