Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining

Our dedication to helping employers and management maintain smoothly running workplaces extends to our work in labor law as well. Kronick’s skilled negotiators efficiently help management arrive at favorable collective bargaining agreements and resolve a number of other labor-related issues.

Attorneys at Kronick have been engaged in high-profile labor negotiations for many years as evidenced by our Supreme Court victory in 2010 that validated the state employee furlough program implemented by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Kronick has served as the State of California’s only outside counsel assigned to negotiate on behalf of the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR, formerly the Department of Personnel Administration) and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

In addition to representing the State of California, Kronick attorneys handle labor contract negotiations and administration for a broad array of public entities, including cities, counties and special districts. Our experience negotiating complex contracts where labor relations are fractured, as well as working collaboratively with unions to arrive at mutually acceptable terms, conditions and/or settlements, is unmatched in the region.

Kronick supports and encourages strong community service and civic participation. We have been a Partner of the California Public Employers Labor Relations Association (“CalPELRA”), the California Special Districts Association (“CSDA”), the Association of California Water Agencies (“ACWA”), and the League of California Cities (“LOCC”) for many years.

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    12.05.2018

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    Speaking Engagement

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    Labor Relations In The Wake Of Janus v. AFSCME

    DATE:

    December 5 – 7

    LOCATION:

    Monterey, CA

    ORGANIZED BY:

    California Public Employers Labor Relations Association (CALPELRA)

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

    Kronick is pleased to again sponsor CALPELRA’s Annual Conference on December 3-7, 2018 in Monterey. Shareholders David Tyra and Christopher Onstott will discuss the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Janus v. AFSCME. If the Court overrules Abood v. Detroit Board of Education and holds that agency (or “fair share”) fees constitute an unconstitutional violation of First Amendment rights, the decision will portend a major change in California public labor relations. In this session you’ll learn about likely responses to the Janus decision, from further legislative responses of the type already seen (e.g., AB 119 [union access to new hires] and SB 285 [prohibiting public employers from deterring or discouraging union membership]), to the impact on collective bargaining, and to potential legal challenges to the elimination of agency fees. If you’re interested in the seismic shift in labor relations the Janus decision likely represents, you must attend this session.

    REGISTRATION:

    Please visit the event website for more information.

    12.05.2018

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    Speaking Engagement

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    Case Studies In Employee Leaves, Reasonable Accommodation, And The Interactive Process

    DATE:

    December 5 – 7

    LOCATION:

    Monterey, CA

    ORGANIZED BY:

    California Public Employers Labor Relations Association (CALPELRA)

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

    Kronick is pleased to again sponsor CALPELRA’s Annual Conference on December 3-7, 2018 in Monterey. Shareholder David Tyra and Associate Jennifer Weiner will discuss how to manage leaves in light of the numerous overlapping laws, how to determine appropriate and effective reasonable accommodations (including leaves) for employees who require them to perform the essential functions of their jobs, and how to conduct effective interactive process meetings with employees and their representatives … all these situations present significant challenges for employers. If you have basic knowledge of the various laws providing employees with leave rights – FMLA, CFRA, ADA, workers’ comp, etc. – then in this session you’ll learn about some of the more difficult, complex, and advanced issues arising from employee leaves and reasonable accommodation requests, with a particular emphasis on the overlapping nature of the various applicable laws, and techniques for handling those issues.

    REGISTRATION:

    Please visit the event website for more information.

    09.18.2018

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    Speaking Engagement

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    Managing the Chronically Absent Employee

    DATE:

    September 18-19

    LOCATION:

    McClellan Conference Center, Sacramento

    ORGANIZED BY:

    Sacramento Area Human Resource Association (SAHRA)

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

    Kronick is pleased to again sponsor SAHRA’s Annual Conference on September 18-19, 2018 in Sacramento. Senior Counsels Rex Berry and Susana Solano will discuss the employer’s rights and obligations when dealing with an employee requesting leaves or accommodation under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), the Americans with Disabilities Act, Federal Family and Medical Leave Act, California Family Rights Act, Workers’ Compensation Act and other applicable laws. Attendees will receive instruction in the requirements of these various laws, and options for working with the impacted employees.

    REGISTRATION:

    Please visit the event website for more information.