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Monday, July 16, 2012

County of L.A.: Supreme Court to Address Non-Union Employees' Privacy Rights

In County of Los Angeles v. Los Angeles County Employee Relations Commission, the California Supreme Court granted review to decide the following issues: 
(1) Under the state Constitution (Cal. Const., art. I, § 1), do the interests of non-union-member public employees in the privacy of their personal contact information outweigh the interests of the union representing their bargaining unit in obtaining that information in furtherance of its duties as a matter of labor law to provide fair and equal representation of union-member and non-union-member employees within the bargaining unit? 
(2) Did the Court of Appeal err in remanding to the trial court with directions to apply a specific notice procedure to protect such employees' privacy rights instead of permitting the parties to determine the proper procedure for doing so? 
The case is fully briefed awaiting oral argument.  The Court's web page for it is here

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