OU Daily: Oklahoma Open Records Act expert weighs in on OU blocking incentivized retirement records

An Oklahoma open records expert said he believes OU’s denial of three Daily open records requests goes beyond the scope of the court ruling on which OU has based its denial.

OU has denied The Daily three requests for the names of university employees who are eligible for its Special Voluntary Retirement Incentive. The program encourages eligible employees to retire early and receive a payment equal to a portion of their salaries, and it has now been implemented a second time as a cost-saving measure.

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WI: Records of former teacher, subject of earlier Supreme Court decision, must be released, appeals court says

A former teacher and school district administrator whose personnel records were the subject of a state Supreme Court ruling 20 years ago cannot block release of those records, a state appeals court said Tuesday.

The District 3 Court of Appeals said that the New Richmond School District can release the personnel records of Thomas Woznicki, finding that he failed to show that public interest in disclosure of the records was outweighed by public interest in keeping them secret.

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Editorial: Iowa personnel records law needs review

From Dubuque Telegraph Herald:  When an individual makes an abrupt departure from a job within a public institution, those in charge will usually avoid discussing the circumstances of the departure with one simple claim: "It's a personnel issue. And personnel records can't be released to the public."

Only, that might not be quite accurate. The way Iowa Code chapter 22.7 is written, it can be interpreted to allow for the custodian of a record to use his or her discretion when it comes to the release of personnel information.

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City prevails in former employee’s public records lawsuit, Florida

From The Gainesville Sun:

A circuit court judge has ruled that the city of Gainesville did not violate the state’s public records law by requiring that a former employee pay some $40,000 in advance to process a public records request made in connection with an employment discrimination complaint against the city.

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Redding denies records request for REU investigative reports

From The Record Searchlight

Redding intends to keep under wraps a pair of investigative reports on mismanagement and hostile workplace allegations in the electric utility's customer service department.

On Monday, a Los Angeles law firm representing the city denied the Record Searchlight's request for the reports dating to 2008, saying they are exempt from public disclosure because they are part of personnel records.

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