Category Archives: Collective Bargaining

Tightening Budgets, Layoffs and Ongoing Labor Negotiations Highlight the Value of Retiree Health Reimbursement Arrangements

Given the current circumstances, many public agencies are finding ways to use health reimbursement arrangements as creative and cost-effective benefits for their employees and former employees. As explained in earlier posts, HRAs possess a number of important and valuable features.

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CARES Act Authorizes Limited Employer Repayment of Student Loans

By Jeff Chang Public agency employers trying to recruit or retain highly skilled or highly paid younger workers (e.g., doctors, nurses, IT specialists, engineers) may want to take advantage of a limited employer-paid benefit under the CARES Act. This limited-time … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Pandemic May Force Some Cities to Reset Employee Benefits

By Jeff Chang As the harsh realities of the coronavirus pandemic, along with its widespread impact on all aspects of daily life, continue to shock and numb us all, many cities have already been identified as “high risk” from a … Continue reading

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Understanding Public Agency Participation in ERISA Multiemployer Pension Plans

By Jeff Chang Many California cities and public agencies negotiate with — and reach memorandums of understanding with —  their union bargaining partners on a regular basis. In some cases, these unions are local police or firefighter unions. In other … Continue reading

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Chapter 15: Giving Employees Choices Can Sometimes Lead To Problems

By: Jeff Chang Because many of our public agency clients have collectively-bargained employees, we continue to see a variety of efforts by employers and their bargaining partners to make the most of limited compensation and benefits dollars.  Sometimes, the parties believe … Continue reading

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