Event Nov 01, 2016

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CALPELRA 2016 41st Annual Training Conference

Join Best Best & Krieger LLP at the 2016 CALPELRA 41st Annual Training Conference in Monterey, Calif.

BB&K Speakers:

Isabel Safie and Katrina Veldkamp
"ACA Implementation: What Comes Next?"
Although it seems that the ACA is finally in full effect, the IRS continues to publish new guidance, and aspects of the ACA are in flux or have not yet been implemented. For example, the Cadillac tax – although it has been delayed until plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2020, it is moving forward – in this session you’ll learn about its application and how it will impact your health benefit programs. This session will also focus on recent IRS guidance regarding ACA implementation, including new limitations on health reimbursement arrangement coverage and the effect of cash-in-lieu/opt-out programs on affordability calculations. In this session, you’ll also learn what the presenters have learned from the first year of employer reporting and what employers should change in 2017.
Wednesday, Nov. 2
1:30 - 3 p.m.

Alison Alpert and Joseph Sanchez
"You Can't Say That! Free Speech Issues In Public Employment"
Public employees’ right to free speech is more limited than that of the general public. Whether or not a public employer may take disciplinary action against an employee for speech-related conduct, however, is based on a developing body of case law that provides certain balancing tests and guidelines to determine if the speech is protected under the First Amendment. In this session, you’ll learn how you can legally address employee speech that impairs your agency's mission. The session will also highlight issues involving free speech in cyberspace, union speech, and special rules involving high-level policymakers.
Wednesday, Nov. 2
3:30 - 5 p.m.

Arlene Prater
"Severance and Last Chance Agreements: How to Negotiate and Draft Agreements That Comply With the Law and Protect Your Agency"
Drafting an agreement that best protects your agency, is acceptable to employees’ representatives, and complies with current legal standards can be a challenge. This session starts with an introduction to the benefits of using these agreements and then covers specific provisions and standards, such as complying with recent EEOC and NLRB enforcement actions, restrictions on employment and employee behavior, Public Records Act and Brown Act requirements, waiving due process rights, and use for creative resolutions of discipline and layoff disputes.
Thursday, Nov. 3
10:30 a.m. - Noon

Alison Alpert
"When an Employee Says, 'I’ve Got My Medical Marijuana Card,' What Can an Employer Do?"
Medical marijuana is in the news. As many states, including California, pass laws for the legal use of medical marijuana, employers are left questioning their drug use policies. Explore this important issue in light of federal and state law and existing employer policies. You’ll learn whether an employer can discipline an employee for off-hours and off-site use or influence, when it is pursuant to a valid prescription, or for off-hours and off-site recreational use, whether employers can still lawfully implement zero-tolerance drug use policies, and whether medical marijuana use must be accommodated. You’ll also learn how employers might accommodate medical marijuana use, if they choose. Learn what should be included in your policies to ensure that any discipline will be upheld on appeal, and leave this session feeling relaxed, knowing you’ve learned how to comply with the law.
Thursday, Nov. 3
3:30 - 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 1 - Friday, Nov. 4

Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
Two Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940


Monterey Marriott
350 Calle Principal
Monterey, CA 93940

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