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SACRS Spring 2019 Conference

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
The Resort at Squaw Creek | Lake Tahoe, CA

Ashley Dunning and George Joseph will be presenting at the State Association of County Retirement Systems (SACRS) Spring 2019 Conference in Lake Tahoe on May 7, 2019 – May 10, 2019. 

On Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mr. Joseph will be presenting “Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Local Agency Officials (AB1661).”  On September 29, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1661, which requires that if a local agency provides any type of compensation, salary, or stipend to its officials, then all local agency officials of the agency shall receive at least two hours of sexual harassment prevention and education training within the first six months of taking office or commencing employment and every two years thereafter.  This interactive training session will meet the requirements under AB 1661 and AB 1825 (sexual harassment prevention training to employees who perform supervisory functions) and assist attendees in preventing and effectively responding to complaints of sexual harassment.

Also, at the same time, Ms. Dunning will be teaching “Ethics Training for Public Officials (AB 1234).”  This two-hour mandatory bi-annual training for public officials covers conflict of interest rules, public meeting and record requirements, due process requirements, and other significant rules for legal compliance by public officials, with a particular focus on how these rules apply to retirement board trustees and senior staff. 

On Wednesday from 3:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Ms. Dunning will moderate the Attorney Breakout Roundtable Discussion, which will cover a wide range of timely legal topics.

Then, on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Ms. Dunning will be joining three other experts on a panel regarding “California Supreme Court to Decide: What's Next for the 'California Rule' and Public Employee Pensions as Vested Rights.”  On March 4, 2019, the California Supreme Court issued its long awaited decision in CalFIRE v. CalPERS, which addressed whether the retirement benefit considered in that case was a “vested” benefit that would thus be afforded constitutional protection under California law, and determine that it was not a vested benefit.  The panel will discuss the CalFIRE decision as well as the several other vested rights case that the Supreme Court is scheduled to decide next.  This panel includes lead counsel on several of the pending cases and can provide a balanced and thoughtful presentation of topics that are, and are not, being addressed by the California Supreme Court.

For the full agenda or to register for the conference, please click here.

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