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December 19, 2017

Ready or Not – Top 5 Legal Changes Coming for 2018!

Monica Sanchez McQueen, Katy A. Suttorp

Presented by Katy A. Suttorp and Monica Sanchez McQueen, this webinar provides you with the latest California employment law related updates.  Learn how new regulations on the following hot topics will affect your day-to-day operations and workplace policies:

• Salary history restrictions
• CA minimum wage increases and minimum exempt salary
• Recreational marijuana legalized in California
• Conviction history restrictions
• New parental leave requirements

December 8, 2017

Choose Your Own Disability Adventure

Katy A. Suttorp, Kelly A. Trainer

Join us in choosing your own disability adventure. This all-new, interactive, multiple-choice, multiple-ending session will lead you through a realistic disability hypothetical in the workplace, with the audience assuming the role of the decision-maker and making choices that determine the employer's actions in response to the plot and its outcome. You'll be faced with making simulated real-life decisions that will include challenging topics such as whether to order a fitness for duty evaluation, the revelation of a potential harassment complaint against a supervisor, whether to discipline a disabled employee for abuse of leave, or whether to grant a requested accommodation. You'll learn the risks and benefits of some of the imperfect options that arise in disability matters, as well as the legal considerations associated with the interactive process, fitness-for-duty evaluations, harassment complaints, and reasonable accommodation.

December 7, 2017

Understanding Special Compensation: Key Compliance Issues

Daphne M. Anneet

Specialty pays comprise a significant portion of a member's expected pensionable compensation and these items are often at the forefront of compensation negotiations. To be recognized as PERSable premium pay, the premium pay must precisely comply with retirement system regulations. This session's presenters will highlight common special compensation problem areas, help you understand what can and cannot be reported as special compensation, and present options for specific labor agreement language that will comply with CalPERS' regulations.

December 7, 2017

Understanding And Effectively Managing Employee And Union Protected Rights

Janae H. Novotny

In order to effectively meet your labor relations and employment goals, it is essential you understand the nature and extent of employees' and unions' protected rights. Disputes over employees' union representation and free speech rights often derail reasonable discipline efforts. Agencies' labor relations goals are frequently stymied by allegations of failure to provide requested information to unions during bargaining. And increasing efforts by employees and unions to modify bargaining units and/or decertify the existing union representative create challenges for employers who must respond to such efforts without favoring one union or employee group over another. In this session you'll learn how to avoid these problems that can interfere with your personnel management and labor relations goals, as the presenters explain PERB's recent refinements of employees' rights to union representation and unions' rights to represent their members.

December 6, 2017

Annual Update Of Key Labor Relations Decisions From PERB, The Courts, And The Legislature

A long-time Conference highlight, this session addresses the year's most important PERB cases, court decisions, and key new laws affecting public sector labor relations. Two of California's most respected labor relations attorneys review the latest changes in California labor law, with special emphasis on the duty to bargain, scope of bargaining, effects bargaining requirements, impasse declaration, strikes, other concerted activities, and other key labor relations issues. As the presenters put the year's cases and legislation in context, you'll receive practical advice to help you negotiate successfully and avoid unfair labor practices. Using her substantial public sector labor relations experience and keen analytic skills to cover the newest developments, Janet will elicit Bill's unique insights and perspective into labor relations developed from his deep understanding of the law and the realities of public sector negotiations.

December 6, 2017

The CalPERS Audit: How To Successfully Navigate The CalPERS Audit Process

Daphne M. Anneet

To ensure that public agencies correctly enroll members in CalPERS and accurately report compensation, CalPERS' Office of Audit Services regularly conducts audits of public agencies. You'll leave this session with the tools you need to prepare for, respond to, and redress audit findings, if appropriate. With specific examples from recent audits, you'll learn about the key compliance issues that result in the most common findings and how to address them, including: (1) salary schedules; (2) special compensation; (3) retired annuitants; (4) part-time/temporary employees; (5) unused sick leave; and, (6) independent contractors and affiliate agencies. You'll also learn about the key phases of the audit process and how to successfully navigate each phase to best position your agency to either avoid an audit finding, minimize the impact of an audit finding, or, if appropriate, challenge a finding.

November 14, 2017

Think Before You Tweet: Social Media Basics for Local Government Officials

Traci I. Park, Kelly A. Trainer

Social media presents elected officials with a tempting but sometimes risky platform for communicating with constituents. This educational and entertaining webinar focuses on the First Amendment, the Public Records Act, and the Brown Act. Traci I. Park and Kelly A. Trainer frequently advise public agencies on social media use, and will help officials navigate the ever-changing social media landscape without putting themselves or their agency at risk.

October 25, 2017

Not Your Average Harassment Training

Kelly A. Trainer, Traci I. Park

Presented by Kelly A. Trainer and Traci I. Park, two dynamic employment attorneys, this fun, informational, and interactive online workplace harassment prevention training will teach local agency officials and supervisors how to identify, prevent, and properly respond to workplace harassment, discrimination, retaliation and abusive conduct in order to avoid personal and agency liability in compliance with AB 1825/2053/1661.

October 11, 2017

Abstentions and Disqualifications – Conflicts of Interest and When One Must or Should Step-Aside

Christina M. Burrows, Nira F. Doherty

It can be difficult for public officials to determine when to abstain from the decision-making process. This webinar will discuss:

  • What financial interests and other conflicts of interest disqualify an official from participating in, or influencing, the decision-making process;
  • Guidelines for deciding when to abstain; and
  • What to do if you abstain or disqualify yourself from the process.
June 6, 2017

Required Harassment Prevention for Staff/Board

Kelly A. Trainer, Traci I. Park

Receive your harassment prevention compliance training for special districts with this webinar.

May 2017, May 2018

FPPC Update

Rachel H. Richman

April 22, 2017

Ideas and Challenges Related to the Cannabis Industry and Real Property - Financing, Leasing, Selling, Buying, and Permit Compliance

Nira F. Doherty

This panel will explore some challenges and creative solutions surrounding the implementation of the California laws related to cannabis for real property, including ensuring compliance with the law, federal concerns, security, and financing property with a largely cash-only business. Join for an interactive discussion on approaches to resolving sometimes diverging interests to help everyone achieve their business goals.

January 19, 2017

Communications and the New Media

Traci I. Park

With so many advancements in social media over the last several years, it can be hard to keep up with the do’s and don’ts of every platform. There is a wide variety of almost immediate online informational sources, and elected officials need to be quick on their feet with the necessary skills to proactively manage public perceptions about local governmental affairs. Discover what cities should be doing to communicate with their constituents in the 21st Century, and the new forms of media that must be embraced.

January 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019

Your Legal Powers and Obligations

Thomas B. Brown

You were elected to make things happen in your city. Learn the breadth, as well as the limitations, of your powers as a city official. Acquire a basic understanding of the legal authorities and restrictions under which cities and city officials operate with a focus on the Brown Act.