Paul Goyette Speaks at Annual PORAC Conference

The Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) is organized around our peace officers, to protect, represent, educate and generally maintain a leadership role for the large number of rank and file officers in our state.  Each year, PORAC holds a conference where California peace officers and their representatives can network, learn best practices, and …

Grand Jury Got It Right In Ferguson

On Monday, November 24, 2014, a Missouri Grand Jury issued its decision that there was insufficient evidence to indict Officer Darren Wilson for his August 9, 2014 officer involved shooting of Michael Brown.  The Grand Jury’s decision was much anticipated but in reality, this wasn’t even close. Remember the purpose of the Grand Jury in …

Judge's Decision in Stockton Bankruptcy Case Not All Bad for Employee Associations

JUDGE’S DECISION IN STOCKTON BANKRUPTCY CASE NOT ALL BAD FOR EMPLOYEE ASSOCIATIONS United States District Judge Christopher Klein ruled that the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) is not protected from cuts in the City of Stockton bankruptcy case. Since it originally filed for municipal bankruptcy protection in the City of Stockton and CalPERS have …

Wage-Related Retaliation Suit Against JR Putman

WILL AN OUTRAGEOUS MOCKING ‘REPORT’ ISSUED BY A SUPERVISOR TO AN EMPLOYEE HELP PROVE WAGE-RELATED RETALIATION? JR PUTMAN, Inc. WILL FIND OUT. Aaron Gregory worked as a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Service Technician for JR PUTMAN, Inc. in Rancho Cordova.  As detailed in the retaliation lawsuit now filed by Goyette & Associates for …

Team Highlight – Dan Thompson

Goyette & Associates is proud of the top level team of attorneys in each of our practice areas. Take a moment to learn more about what Dan Thompson, Senior Labor and Employment Lawyer, enjoys about his role on the Goyette team.

Does the 'Volunteer Firefighter' Still Exist?

A very informative article recently published in the New York Times and summarizing the variety of issues surrounding the decline in the number of ‘volunteer firefighters’ can be accessed HERE.  One critical issue is only touched on in the article, however, and that is whether ‘volunteer’ firefighters, under applicable law, are actually ‘employees’. The article …

Yuba County Sheriff’s Department Correctional Officer Wins Reinstatement

After several days of arbitration, David J. Garcia of Goyette & Associates was successful in obtaining an order that overturned the termination of Yuba County Correctional Officer Elijah Etchegoin.      This matter began when the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department initiated an internal affairs investigation regarding various allegations including primarily that Etchegoin had been arrested …