Manslaughter Trial Set to Start on October 3 for Police Officer

Manslaughter Trial Set to Start on October 3 for Police Officer The trial for Paradise police officer, Patrick Feaster, is set to start on October 3, 2016 in the Butte County Superior Court. Mr. Feaster has been charged with involuntary manslaughter [Penal Code Section 192(b)] related to the accidental discharge shooting death of Andrew Thomas. …

Correctional Sheriff’s Deputies Entitled to Carry Concealed Weapons Off Duty

Correctional Sheriff’s Deputies Entitled to Carry Concealed Weapons Off Duty             In a significant decision affecting every Correctional Sheriff’s Deputy in California, the Court of Appeal for the Fifth Appellate District (Case No. F071257) ruled on August 11 that custodial deputies under Penal Code section 830.1(c) “are exempt from the law prohibiting the carrying of …

BALTIMORE PROSECUTOR DROPS CHARGES AGAINST THREE REMAINING POLICE OFFICERS

BALTIMORE PROSECUTOR DROPS CHARGES AGAINST THREE REMAINING POLICE OFFICERS             Baltimore City Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby dropped charges against three police officers still awaiting trial in the 2015 death of Freddy Gray – ending the high profile case without a single conviction.  Three other officers were acquitted after trial and a fourth ended in a hung …

Modified penalty for a correctional sergeant

Modified Penalty: From a 5% Reduction in Pay for 12 Months to a letter of reprimand. In early June 2016, Goyette & Associates attorney, Dan Thompson, represented a correctional sergeant who was accused of excessive absenteeism. A penalty was proposed of a 5% reduction in pay for 12 months. The sergeant had a history of …

POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER

POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER In February 2016, Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey announced that he had charged Town of Paradise Police Officer Patrick Feaster with a charge of involuntary manslaughter. The charge arose from the accidental discharge of his duty weapon after a roll-over collision in the Town of Paradise on November …

Fire Lieutenant denied disability retirement

A county Fire Lieutenant received serious injuries while on the job. After years of suffering, innumerable medical procedures and unsuccessful pain management, the officer sought a disability retirement.  Even though he had two permanent and stationary Worker’s Compensation awards, including lifetime medical coverage for his injuries, the county board denied his application under the County …

Progressive discipline before severe discipline

Progressive discipline before severe discipline Officer Douglas was suspended without pay for ten days due to an investigation based on misconduct.  Several allegations were made against Officer Douglas including that he was insubordinate, derelict in his duties, that he violated the district’s computer policy, and that he made disparaging remarks about superior officers.  At hearing, …

All Employees are now Required 3 Paid Sick Days

After July 1, 2015, all Employers are Required to Pay 3 Days of Sick Leave On or after July 1, 2015, any employee (full-time, part-time and temporary) is entitled to three days of paid sick leave. Paid sick leave accrues at the rate of one hour per every 30 hours worked, paid at the employee’s …

My Employee Agreed to Work 4/10’s, How do I Owe Overtime?

Employees Cannot Waive their Right to Overtime Alternative workweek schedules (AWS) are allowed by California Law. An AWS is any regularly scheduled workweek requiring an employee to work more than eight hours in a 24-hour period. An AWS can be created for any readily identifiable work unit with the approval by secret ballot election of …