Embracing A World Of Difference - Best Best & Krieger
Event Dec 4-8, 2017

Embracing A World Of Difference

CALPELRA 42nd Annual Training Conference

Join Best Best & Krieger LLP partners Alison Alpert, Arlene Prater and Joseph Sanchez at the California Public Employers Labor Relations Association's 2017 Annual Training Conference: Embracing A World Of Difference. The event will provide perspectives on the significance of creating vibrant workplaces in which diversity is embraced and celebrated.

BB&K Speakers:

Arlene Prater
“Severing the Employment of Difficult Employees Without Formal Disciplinary Proceedings”
Many employee performance issues can be resolved without having to resort to the formal disciplinary process. Well-drafted and implemented performance improvement plans can result in a newly competent employee or a voluntary demotion or termination. Recognizing when a voluntary severance agreement is the best outcome and then negotiating an agreement that protects your agency, is acceptable to the employee’s representatives, and complies with current legal standards, can be a challenge. In this session you’ll learn how to use these tools, how to draft the necessary documents, how to work with supervisors in implementation, and how to use these creative resolutions while complying with legal protections of public employees.
Wednesday, Dec. 6
10:30 a.m. - Noon
Monterey Conference Center
Alison Alpert and Joseph Sanchez
“You Can’t Say That! Free Speech Issues in Public Employment”
Public employees’ rights to free speech is more limited than the general public’s. 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. You’ll also learn about issues involving free speech in cyberspace, union speech, and special rules involving high-level policymakers, with an emphasis on political speech in light of developments since the 2016 presidential election.
Wednesday, Dec. 6
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Portola Hotel & Spa
Alison Alpert and Joseph Sanchez
“Disciplining Firefighters Under FBOR from Investigation Through Hearing: A Practical Approach”
In this session you’ll learn about the unique issues an agency faces when disciplining firefighters, including documentation of performance issues, workplace investigations, and the administrative appeals process. You’ll learn about compliance with the FBOR in all phases of the process, including the implications of recent case law. The presenters will also discuss special considerations when criminal conduct, including off-duty conduct, is involved. While the session’s primary focus is on the FBOR, individuals working under the POBRA will also find this session useful.
Thursday, Dec. 7
10:30 a.m. - Noon
Monterey Conference Center
Alison Alpert and Joseph Sanchez
“Facebook Faux Pas-17.0: How to Legally Address Employee Use of Social Networking Websites and Other Technological Media”
The use of social networking websites and other electronic media, such as Facebook and Twitter, have reached an all-time high. Public agency employers increasingly deal with employees posting inappropriate material, which may be detrimental to the public agency’s mission. In this session, you’ll learn about the legal landscape in dealing with these issues including the right to privacy, free speech, political speech, and union rights before addressing social networking concerns with employees.
Friday, Dec. 8
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Monterey Marriott Hotel

Monday, Dec. 4 - Friday, Dec. 8

Monterey Conference Center
One Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940


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


Monterey Marriott
350 Calle Principal
Monterey, CA 93940

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