PERB rules against SBCo. Public Defender’s office in scathing decision

Doreen Boxer

In a May 15, 2015 written decision, made public on its website yesterday, the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) issued a cease and desist order to the San Bernardino County Public Defender’s office. Among the terms of the order, the county can no longer order Public Defender employees to participate in investigatory meetings without representation and under threat of insubordination.

The county must post notice of its wrongdoing throughout the county for 30 consecutive business days.  It is also ordered to notify employees of the decision electronically by any means normally used to communicate with employees such as the Internet, Intranet and email.

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