LASD MEMBERS

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If you answered “yes” to any of the foregoing, you agree by submitting this application, that LASPA has the right to withhold legal representation and/or payroll reimbursement benefits, relative to any incident that predates your joining LASPA.

New Member Agreement

This agreement states the terms whereby you agree to representation by the Los Angeles Sheriffs Professional Association (“LASPA”)

Services Covered

You authorize LASPA to represent you at all stages of administrative proceedings, up to and including any Civil Service Commission or other County Administrative entity assigned to hear your matter. LASPA Board of Directors determines what attorneys can join its panel, at their discretion, delete from or add attorneys or other representation to the panel. While LASPA will pay for any assigned attorney on its panel, LASPA is not obligated to pay for an outside attorney of your choice. LASPA reserves the right to discontinue representation at any time provided such a recommendation is made by your assigned counsel.

Continuing Membership

If you are member less than twelve months prior to requesting legal representation under this Agreement, you agree to maintain LASPA membership for a period of three years after the final disposition of the matter covered under this Agreement.

Services Excluded

Any matter outside the course and scope of employment or non-administrative in nature, including but not limited to: Criminal defense, claims for workers’ compensation benefits, claims for unemployment benefits, claims under State and Federal laws before non-county government entities or in any court are not covered. You should consult with your own lawyer at your own expense if you believe any of these areas are involved in your case. You may consult with any LASPA panel attorney for up to one hour free of charge and decide whether or not to pursue a legal action at your own expense with said panel attorney or another attorney of your choice. Member thus expressly acknowledges and agrees that any legal services provided by LASPA assigned counsel is for administrative proceedings only and does not and will not include the filing of any civil action, civil appeal or the defense of any criminal action.

Fees and Costs

Legal representation is a benefit for those who are eligible, dues-paying members of LASPA before their legal problems arose and therefore, there are no additional charges for taking advantage of this membership benefit. However, if your payroll deduction dues payment is interrupted due to disciplinary action taken against you (i.e. suspension without pay), you must maintain your dues payment on your own to continue to receive representation services. Routine costs such as copying, subpoena services, etc. will be paid by LASPA. LASPA however, is not obligated to pay extraordinary costs such as expert witness fees or transcripts costs. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the payment of any fees or costs rests within the sole discretion of LASPA.

Communications

LASPA or its assigned legal representative will keep you informed of the progress of your case and you agree to cooperate to assist LASPA in the investigation and preparation of your case. You also agree to keep LASPA informed of your current residence address and telephone numbers, and immediately notify LASPA of any changes.

Legal Representation

Member herby acknowledges and agrees that in order to be eligible for Legal representation; member must give LASPA counsel first opportunity to represent him/her. LASPA will not provide legal representation for those members who are currently being represented by an alternative union.

Payroll Reimbursement

In the event you are suspended without pay, you are eligible for payroll reimbursement of your gross pay (excluding overtime) up to 30 days, depending on your level of membership. You are NOT eligible for reimbursement if the conduct alleged involves matters outside the course and scope of employment, malicious disregard for policies, repetitive policy violations, reckless behavior, or if the investigation leading into disposition of discipline began prior to you joining LASPA. You must utilize LASPA counsel for each phase of any Department investigation (the initial interview through the final grievance stage) to be eligible for payroll reimbursement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any payroll reimbursement rests entirely within the discretion of LASPA’s Committee Board. In order to collect a payroll reimbursement check you agree to personally appear at LASPA’s office and submit a W-9 form for LASPA’s tax reporting purposes.

Deductions Agreement

I hereby authorize the auditor of the County of Los Angeles or his agents to deduct monthly from salary earned by me in any department or district of the County of Los Angeles, the amount shown hereon and to pay same to: The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Professional Association.

If all or any portion of this deduction authorization includes insurance premiums and/or employee organization dues, I also authorize the auditor to adjust from time-to-time the amount of this deduction as may be required to comply with adjustments in county subsidy amounts or in premiums under existing contracts with said insurance plans, or to comply with dues schedules determined by said employee organizations’ governing body in accordance with such organizations’ constitution, charter, bylaws, or other applicable legal requirements. This authorization cancels and replaces any previously signed by me with this deduction agency for this purpose and shall remain in effect until canceled by me by written notice. I expressly understand and agree that the auditor, his agents, or the county acting under this authorization shall not be liable in any manner for failure or delay in making the deduction or payments here authorized.

TeamLegal Defense is a supplemental insurance benefit that provides members with legal defense costs, including attorney fees, in the event a criminal or civil case is brought against a member related to on-duty conduct. TeamLegal Defense coverage requires a $10 monthly fee ($8.00 legal fee, $2.00 LASPA admin fee) that will be added to your existing monthly dues. By selecting “yes,” you acknowledge this additional $10 fee will be added to your monthly dues. For further information about the plan, please visit TeamLegal