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SB-550 Public school employment: meeting and negotiating: legal actions: attorney’s fees.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/16/2017 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 550


Introduced by Senator Pan

February 16, 2017


An act to amend Section 3543.8 of the Government Code, relating to public school employment.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 550, as introduced, Pan. Public school employment: meeting and negotiating: legal actions: attorney’s fees.
Existing law gives public school employees the right to form, join, and participate in the activities of employee organizations of their own choosing for the purpose of representation on all matters of employer-employee relations. Existing law gives an employee organization standing to sue in an action or proceeding instituted on behalf of one or more of its members.
This bill would provide that, if the employee organization prevails in an action in proving the employer failed to provide wages or benefits required by state law, the employer shall pay the employee organization’s reasonable attorney’s fees and expenses if notice was provided to the employer as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 3543.8 of the Government Code is amended to read:

3543.8.
 (a) Any employee organization shall have standing to sue in any action or proceeding heretofore or hereafter instituted by it as representative and on behalf of one or more of its members. The provisions of this section are This section is expressly intended to apply to actions or proceedings commenced prior to, but concluded or pending as of, as well as on and after, the effective date of this section.
(b) If the employee organization prevails in an action in proving the employer failed to provide wages or benefits required by state law, the employer shall pay the employee organization’s reasonable attorney’s fees and expenses if written notice of intent to seek fees was provided to the employer at least 30 days before the action was instituted.