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Wednesday, October 2
 

7:30am

Continental Breakfast
Wednesday October 2, 2019 7:30am - 9:00am
Foyer - 2nd Floor

7:30am

Registration & Information
Wednesday October 2, 2019 7:30am - 5:00pm
Foyer - 2nd Floor

7:30am

Long Beach Visitor's Information
While you're visiting, please enjoy the many services for Conference Attendees provided by the Long Beach Visitor's Bureau.

· Show Your Badge at the Aquarium of the Pacific after 12noon to receive entry for only $14.00.   The regular adult ticket price is $35.95, so quite a savings.   The Aquarium is open every day from 9AM – 6PM.
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· Show Your Badge at a large variety of restaurants, retail & attractions to receive the noted discount.

You can get to many of these destinations by riding the Passport circulator bus serving Downtown Long Beach!

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Wednesday October 2, 2019 7:30am - Friday October 4, 2019 5:00pm

8:30am

1st Time Attendees Workshop
Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
International 2

10:15am

Cal STRS and Cal PERS 101 Hot Topics
This presentation provides a deeper analysis of CalSTRS and CalPERS “hot topics” regularly confronted by county offices and school districts. The focus of this workshop will be How to Avoid Common Mistakes. Key topics include:Hiring retirees, developing multiple salary schedules for hard-to-fill positions; retirement issues at the bargaining table; and school board members and retirement considerations.

Speakers
avatar for Janae Castellani

Janae Castellani

Associate, Lozano Smith



Wednesday October 2, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Pacific 1&2

10:15am

Managing and Addressing Conflicts Between Employees in the Workplace
In order to maintain a cooperative and harmonious work environment, administrators and supervisors must be able to quickly and effectively address conflicts that occur between employees in the workplace. Gain a greater understanding of the common catalysts that lead to conflict, your obligations to take action, as well as specific, appropriate protocols for diffusing, mediating, and resolving workplace conflicts. Implementing these tools in the workplace will help you to provide a better environment for all employees — one in which employees can focus on accomplishing the business of the district.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara J. Ginsberg

Barbara J. Ginsberg

Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
Barbara J. Ginsberg represents school and community college districts, and public agencies in all aspects of labor and employment matters and education law. She serves as chief negotiator for agencies in collective bargaining with certificated, classified, and police/safety units... Read More →


Wednesday October 2, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Atlantic 1&2

10:15am

Promoting Student Safety: Child Abuse Reporting and Safe Personnel Practices
The issue of student safety has become a top concern for all employees working in our public schools. Along with public awareness of student safety issues increasing, school districts face new legal obligations with respect to child abuse reporting. School districts must now train their employees on child abuse reporting, and mandated reporters continue to be legally responsible to report suspected child abuse to the proper authorities.  In this workshop, we will discuss the new child abuse prevention training requirements, and cover the fundamental legal requirements for child abuse reporting, as well as personnel laws that help promote student safety.

Speakers
avatar for John R. Yeh

John R. Yeh

Partner, Burke Williams & Sorensen, LLP



Wednesday October 2, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
International 2

10:15am

Staffing and Recruitment Retention Process with Researched Based Practices
Session will provide data driven effective practices to improve your HR team's performance You will get to interact with your colleagues to learn and share best practices.

Speakers
avatar for David Robertson

David Robertson

Director, Human Resources/Labor Relations, Twin Rivers Unified School District



Wednesday October 2, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
International 1

12:00pm

Lunch/Ray Curry Award
Wednesday October 2, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
International 3, 4, 5

1:15pm

Effective Negotiations A Year Round Activity
Negotiations is a year round process and takes every member of both teams to creatively make a deal year after year. Negotiators must be people of integrity, who have a heart for each employee and can forgive without regard to circumstances. In this session Dr. Rose Dunn, 2019 ACSA Negotiator of the Year, and team members Steve Scifres and Robbie Amodio will share practical strategies that lead to strong employee relations and effective and efficient agreements year after year.

Speakers
avatar for Rose Dunn

Rose Dunn

Assistant Superintendent Personnel, Las Virgenes Unified School District
This is my 30th year in public education. For 29 years I have been a negotiator on both sides of the table. I was a first-grade teacher, an elementary principal, a director of elementary principals and in curriculum supervision, prior to my current Human Resources role.
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Steve Scifres

Director of Curriculum and Athletics, Las Virgenes Unified School District
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Robbie Amodio

Director of Classified, Las Virgenes Unified School District



Wednesday October 2, 2019 1:15pm - 2:45pm
International 1

1:15pm

Extreme Employee Misconduct
Public employees are a fantastic group of workers but, every now and then, an employee engages in egregious conduct that requires an expedient response from the human resources department. What will you do when an employee . . . engages in offensive online conduct? . . . brings a firearm or knife to campus? . . . is suspected of having pornography on a classroom computer? . . . has written romantic text messages to a student? . . . is suspected of stealing District equipment or supplies? This workshop will provide attendees with the legal framework for addressing these questions and an interactive opportunity for human resources professionals to discuss the preferred approach at their respective districts.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren A. Lyman

Lauren A. Lyman

Associate, Lozano Smith



Wednesday October 2, 2019 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Atlantic 1&2

1:15pm

Leaves of Absence The Need for Consistency and Why A One Size Approach Fits All Doesn’t Always Work
This presentation reviews applicable leave laws.  We will provide guidance for managing and implementing leave policies and practical tips for handling unique requests of individual employees. We will discuss common scenarios, pitfalls and learn together how to navigate the complex web of leaves including pregnancy, child bonding, disability, CFRA and FMLA.

Speakers
avatar for Tami Essis Culkar

Tami Essis Culkar

Special Counsel, Dannis, Woliver, Kelley
avatar for Chelsea R. Olson Murphy

Chelsea R. Olson Murphy

Special Counsel, Dannis Woliver Kelley



Wednesday October 2, 2019 1:15pm - 2:45pm
International 2

1:15pm

Special Considerations of Special Education
Special Education presents unique challenges for administrators, including questions on workload, inclusion, class size, and recruiting/retention. This presentation will guide administrators through these complex topics, focusing on best practices and techniques to prevent costly missteps.

Speakers
avatar for Jordan I. Bilbeisi

Jordan I. Bilbeisi

Attorney, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost
avatar for Summer Delassandro

Summer Delassandro

Attorney, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost


Wednesday October 2, 2019 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Pacific 1&2

3:00pm

Deciphering the Education Code: Translating the Law into Sound Bargaining Practices for Certificated and Classified Employees
It has been noted that “entry into the Education Code is painful” and “large parts of the Education Code are not meant to be understood” – and this was the California Court of Appeal speaking.  This session will break down the otherwise indecipherable provisions of the Education Code as it relates to the fundamental rules of certificated and classified employment.  Targeted for both emerging and advanced HR practitioners, we will cover fundamentals such as how the Education Code establishes the certificated and classified services, as well as advanced scenarios, such as the subtle yet significant distinctions in how the Education Code treats topics such as employee classifications (including temporary and short-term employees), leaves of absences, seniority, permanent status, 39-month rehire rights, layoffs, and bumping with respect to certificated and classified personnel.  This presentation will also cover how school districts can prepare and align their bargaining strategies to achieve consistency and compliance with the Education Code.


Speakers
avatar for John R. Yeh

John R. Yeh

Partner, Burke Williams & Sorensen, LLP



Wednesday October 2, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
International 2

3:00pm

Interplay Between Leave Laws
Between confusing statutes and overlapping laws, designating and managing leaves is a legal landmine of liability for districts. It is critical that districts understand not only the individual leave laws, but also the interrelationship of the various statutory schemes to ensure compliance. This presentation will highlight the interplay between the various leave laws, highlight the challenges when handling workers’ compensation claims, and provide practical suggestions to help employers harmonize their approach when dealing with leaves.

Speakers
avatar for Tina L. Kannarr

Tina L. Kannarr

Senior Counsel, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo


Wednesday October 2, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Atlantic 1&2

3:00pm

Public Records Act Requests: What’s Public? What’s Private?
Balancing the public's right to know with the privacy rights of students and staff can make administrators feel like they're on a high wire. Presentation will cover the latest in  legal requirements, with special emphasis on technology, including personal cell phones and email accounts.  

Speakers
avatar for L. Carlos Villegas

L. Carlos Villegas

Attorney, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost


Wednesday October 2, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
International 1

3:00pm

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Supervisors and all Employees: Meet the New Requirements and Improve District Culture at the Same Time
Since 2005, school districts with more than 50 employees have been required  to train all supervisors in the prevention of sexual harassment.  SB 1343 significantly expanded that requirement and now requires all employers with at least five employees to train all employees in the prevention of sexual harassment within six months of starting employment and every two years.  This workshop will provide practical guidance on how to flexibly meet these requirements in a manner that meets your district’s unique needs as well as offer ideas and practical tips about how to use these requirements as an opportunity to share district values and improve workplace culture.

Speakers
avatar for Tami Essis Culkar

Tami Essis Culkar

Special Counsel, Dannis, Woliver, Kelley
avatar for Roman Muñoz

Roman Muñoz

Attorney, Dannis Woliver Kelley
avatar for Chelsea R. Olson Murphy

Chelsea R. Olson Murphy

Special Counsel, Dannis Woliver Kelley



Wednesday October 2, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Pacific 1&2

4:30pm

Network Reception
Wednesday October 2, 2019 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Promenade - 2nd Floor
 
Thursday, October 3
 

7:30am

Continental Breakfast
Thursday October 3, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
International 3, 4, 5

7:30am

Registration & Information
Thursday October 3, 2019 7:30am - 5:00pm
Foyer - 2nd Floor

8:30am

He Said, She Said, They Said: The Anatomy of an Effective Investigation
Whether it is a formal, written complaint or an informal, verbal complaint, arguably the most critical aspect of responding is the ability to conduct a prompt, thorough and effective investigation into the complainant’s concerns.
The primary purpose of this session is to prepare managers and supervisors to thoroughly gather the facts so they can confidently make employment/education decisions and issue effective remedies for victims.

Speakers
avatar for Alexandria M. Davidson

Alexandria M. Davidson

Senior Counsel, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & RomoAlexandria Davidson is an associate in the Irvine office and represents California school and community college districts in general education, including hiring practices, certificated and classified employee discipline, certificated layoffs, collective... Read More →



Thursday October 3, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Atlantic 1&2

8:30am

Layoffs 101
Continued pressure on budgets means districts will likely need to look at layoffs to contain costs. Presentation will provide critical legal and technical guidance on both classified and certificated layoffs.  

Speakers
avatar for Lisa B. Mori

Lisa B. Mori

Attorney, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost



Thursday October 3, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Pacific 1&2

8:30am

Staying Legal Part I
Staying Legal is fast-paced, interactive, sometimes humorous, and entirely focused on providing practical, insightful and helpful lessons for HR and labor relations professionals. Dannis and Pearl lead attendees on a path to best practice and legal compliance in all areas of education, labor and employment law.  They will review and discuss current court decisions and laws related to progressive discipline, dismissal, remediation, evaluation, discrimination/harassment, leaves, ADA, FMLA, First Amendment, collective bargaining, grievances, unfair practice charges, and more.  No talking heads, no boring legal theories, no legalese.



Speakers
avatar for Jon Pearl

Jon Pearl

Shareholder, Dannis Woliver Kelley
avatar for Greg Dannis

Greg Dannis

Attorney, Dannis Woliver Kelley



Thursday October 3, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
International 1

8:30am

Traveling the Long and Winding Road: Practical Advice for Engaging in the Interactive Process Under ADA/FEHA
Navigating the interactive process under the ADA/FEHA can feel like trying to find your way through the wilderness without a compass, even for the most experienced district personnel.  This session will break down each stage of the interactive process into recommended steps, starting with identifying when and how to begin, and continuing all the way through to our destination: deciding whether, and in what form, a reasonable accommodation will be offered.  In the course of our discussion, we will explore strategies for identifying and resolving obstructions to the interactive process, address and offer tips for avoiding common employer mistakes, and discuss relevant court and PERB rulings.

Speakers
avatar for Katy A. Suttorp

Katy A. Suttorp

Partner, Burke Williams & Sorensen, LLP



Thursday October 3, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
International 2

10:15am

Hot Topics
In this session you will have the opportunity to hear the perspectives of experienced practitioners from districts across the state of California on current topics and issues facing HR administrators. The panel will also take questions from the audience

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Jones

Melanie Jones

Executive Director, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
avatar for Heather Williams, Ed.D.

Heather Williams, Ed.D.

Executive Director, Personnel Services, Riverside County Office of Education
avatar for Cindy Frazee

Cindy Frazee

Associate Superindent, Human Resources, San Dieguity Union High School District


Thursday October 3, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
International 2

10:15am

Regulating Employee Speech: Political Speech, Academic Freedom and Religious Expression
Now more than ever, school districts are faced with controversial speech. When can teachers criticize the administration or speak out about Black Lives Matter or A Day Without Immigrants? This workshop will discuss the district’s need to balance a respect for employee religious and political viewpoints while ensuring that employee speech does not disrupt the work place or violate the rights of others. This workshop will also focus on how to find “common ground” to turn controversy into teachable moments.

Speakers
avatar for Darren C. Kameya

Darren C. Kameya

Partner, Lozano Smith
Attorney, Lozano Smith



Thursday October 3, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Atlantic 1&2

10:15am

Staying Legal Part II
Staying Legal is fast-paced, interactive, sometimes humorous, and entirely focused on providing practical, insightful and helpful lessons for HR and labor relations professionals. Dannis and Pearl lead attendees on a path to best practice and legal compliance in all areas of education, labor and employment law.  They will review and discuss current court decisions and laws related to progressive discipline, dismissal, remediation, evaluation, discrimination/harassment, leaves, ADA, FMLA, First Amendment, collective bargaining, grievances, unfair practice charges, and more.  No talking heads, no boring legal theories, no legalese.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Pearl

Jon Pearl

Shareholder, Dannis Woliver Kelley
avatar for Greg Dannis

Greg Dannis

Attorney, Dannis Woliver Kelley



Thursday October 3, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
International 1

10:15am

Title IX: Renewed Focus in K-12 Education
The U.S. Dept. of Education has revised federal guidance on Title IX just as the #MeToo movement has sharpened awareness of sexual harassment and sexual violence issues. This presentation will help administrators understand the latest legal guidelines on their obligations for prevention and response.

Speakers
avatar for Lenore A. Silverman

Lenore A. Silverman

Attorney, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost
 Lenore A. Silverman is a partner in Oakland office​ of Fagen, Friedman, and Fulfrost​.  She has an extensive practice involving student matters, with an emphasis in special education, regularly assisting clients statewide with disciplinary proceedings, charter school issues... Read More →
avatar for Lisa B. Mori

Lisa B. Mori

Attorney, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost



Thursday October 3, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Pacific 1&2

12:00pm

Lunch & Keynote: Barry E. Knight
Barry E. Knight is the founder and CEO of BEK Impact Company, a leadership coaching and social impact company that helps leaders build the right behaviors and frameworks to more effectively lead transformational change and achieve greater outcomes for their teams and communities.
He is the author of the book, “Impactability: Your Call to Massively Impact the Kingdom of God,” as well as a 3-part audio series entitled, "Mastering Servant Leadership." He earned a Bachelor and a Master of Arts in Leadership from Faith International University in Tacoma, WA, and is a
Professional Certified Coach with International Coach Federation.

Barry coaches, trains, and speaks for leaders in the public, social, and private sector, as well as in churches throughout the U.S. and has worked with organizations in Canada, Mexico, and South Africa. As a minister and servant leader, he has dedicated his life to helping leaders and agents of change massively impact their world.

Second only to His love for Christ is his love for his wife, Sacheen Erica Knight. They are the proud parents of two sons, B.J. (14) and Charles Edward (11), and one daughter, Sydnei Erica (6). It is Barry's desire to live full and die empty; helping others get to where God desires them to be and also fulfilling everything that God has placed him on earth to do.  

Thursday October 3, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
International 3, 4, 5

1:30pm

Defending Decades Old Cases You Knew Nothing About
This session will look at the statute of limitations on sexual misconduct allegations and the role of Personnel in appropriately investigating such claims. The need to maintain accurate records and witness testimony in light of the fact that witnesses may no longer be students or employees by the time claims are file will also be discussed. Additionally, the session will discuss how to address district culture in proactively preventing such conduct.

Speakers
avatar for Steven A. Hovey

Steven A. Hovey

Chief Personnel Officer, Riverside County Office of Education
avatar for Heather Williams, Ed.D.

Heather Williams, Ed.D.

Executive Director, Personnel Services, Riverside County Office of Education



Thursday October 3, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
International 2

1:30pm

High Crimes and Misdemeanors
Just because someone has been arrested or convicted of a crime does not mean they are precluded from public school employment. In fact, there are laws that prohibit certain offenses from being considered in the hiring process. On the flip side, there are certain offenses that disqualify an applicant from public school employment. This presentation will discuss the use of criminal convictions in the hiring process and also what to do when you receive a subsequent arrest notification from a current employee. Attendees will learn the limitations on use of arrests and convictions in hiring and making employment decisions, and the requirements for placing employees on a mandatory leave of absence following arrest and CTC reporting obligations.

Speakers
avatar for Darren C. Kameya

Darren C. Kameya

Partner, Lozano Smith
Attorney, Lozano Smith



Thursday October 3, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Atlantic 1&2

1:30pm

It Takes A Village to Recruit, Raise Up and Retain A Teacher
The demand for teachers remains high in California, and yet the supply remains low, especially in "hard-to-fill" areas. For the Tulare City School District, recruitment / hiring / retention is literally a "year-round" process. This presentation will review the "team" approach the district takes to hiring, as well as the significant events that happen each month in order to "find the best to put next to the best" in classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Terri Martindale

Dr. Terri Martindale

Principal, Tulare City School District
I am a Principal at Alpine Vista School in Tulare. I have about 1400 students, preschool through 8th grade, and I LOVE IT! I have worked for Tulare City Schools for 27 years and couldn't imagine being anywhere else :)
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Mark Thompson

Principal, Fairview School District
avatar for Philip Pierschbacher

Philip Pierschbacher

Assistant Superintendent of Personnel, Tulare City School District
People make the difference! In the Tulare City School District, it is a team effort to find the best to put next to the best. This is my 31st year in TCSD (11th in Personnel) my home!



Thursday October 3, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Pacific 1&2

1:30pm

Promoting and Reaping the Benefits of Diversity Through Equitable Hiring Practices
California has one of the most diverse populations in the world, but this diversity does not always translate into representation in the workforce. Studies show there are great benefits to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce both in the public and private sector. But how can an employer effectively achieve diversity in hiring when it is legally prohibited from inquiring about candidates’ protected characteristics? This session discusses lawful and successful best practices that employers can utilize to encourage diversity during the recruitment and hiring process to ensure diversity in the organization. This session also discusses how to retain employees and maintain a welcoming work environment for employees of different backgrounds.

Speakers
avatar for Brooke E. Jimenez

Brooke E. Jimenez

Senior Associate, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
avatar for Meredith E. Brown

Meredith E. Brown

Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo


Thursday October 3, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
International 1

3:15pm

Building Bridges- Not Obstacles: How to Organize the HR Department to Operate As A Strategic Partner
In order to be an effective and strategic partner to the overall operations of an educational agency, Human Resources (HR) staff must be responsive, flexible, and have the tools to successfully respond to day-to-day challenges. Presenters from School Services of California, Inc., will provide their direct field experience on best practices for organizing an HR department, processes to maximize operational efficiency, and how to build bridges, not obstacles, in a collaborative environment.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Metcalf

Jamie Metcalf

Director, Management Consulting Services, School Services of California, Inc.
avatar for Danyel Conolley

Danyel Conolley

Director, Management Consulting Services, School Services of California, Inc.



Thursday October 3, 2019 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Pacific 1&2

3:15pm

Data Breaches and Employee Duties: Navigating Personal Information Pitfalls on the Pathway to Success
This session will introduce data breaches, giving an overview of causes with a specific focus on breaches of employee information and student information. We will discuss common forms of attack, and give examples of breaches involving HR data and student information. Finally, we will provide guidance on preventing breaches through training and implementing applicable HR policies.

Speakers
avatar for Katy A. Suttorp

Katy A. Suttorp

Partner, Burke Williams & Sorensen, LLP
avatar for Nora E.B. Wetzel

Nora E.B. Wetzel

Attorney, Burke Williams & Sorensen, LLP



Thursday October 3, 2019 3:15pm - 4:45pm
International 2

3:15pm

Time to Refrain: Staff Responsible Use of Social Media
School employees often do not realize that personal social media use can impact their public school employment or that it can create liability for their school districts. How should districts balance an employee's right to communicate via social media with his/her obligation as a public employee? Presentation will give H.R. administrators guidance on policies and best practices for staff use of social media.

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline M. Litra

Jacqueline M. Litra

Attorney, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost


Thursday October 3, 2019 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Atlantic 1&2

3:15pm

When Employees Cross Professional Boundaries: How to Detect, Prevent Grooming. Prevent Liability and Train Staff to Identify Inappropriate Relationships with Students
School districts are often faced with situations involving staff who text with students, communicate on Facebook with students, and have students over to their house. While the behavior is troubling, HR officials sometimes are uncertain whether such conduct warrants discipline, or whether they even have the legal right to impose discipline. This workshop will help HR officials distinguish between situations involving poor judgment, and likely “grooming” behavior that often precedes actual child abuse. It will also provide guidance on how to develop appropriate policies, train relevant staff, conduct investigations, determine appropriate discipline, and avoid liability.

Speakers
avatar for Marleen L. Sacks

Marleen L. Sacks

Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
Marleen Sacks has over 20 years of experience in education and labor law, specializing in employee discipline, student rights and litigation related to employment and education matters. She has successfully prosecuted and negotiated the dismissal of hundreds of classified and certificated... Read More →


Thursday October 3, 2019 3:15pm - 4:45pm
International 1

5:00pm

Network Reception
Thursday October 3, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Promenade - 2nd Floor
 
Friday, October 4
 

8:00am

Breakfast & Keynote: John Gray
Speakers
avatar for John Gray

John Gray

CIA, President and CEO, School Services of California Inc.
John Gray, President and CEO, contributes tremendous practical experience to the management consulting team and serves SSC’s clients by conducting fiscal health analyses, providing collective bargaining assistance, preparing multiyear financial projections, performing school district... Read More →


Friday October 4, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
International 3, 4, 5

9:30am

A Roadmap to Handling Workplace Investigations: Practical Tips for Responding to a Complaint and Avoiding Speed bumps Along the Way
The Human Resources Office often serves as the District’s compliance officer and is responsible for handling or overseeing workplace investigations. In this session, attendees will learn how to respond to a workplace complaint and implement proper techniques for conducting and documenting investigations. Presenters will also discuss factors affecting use of an external investigator versus an internal investigator. Finally, presenters will address post-investigation considerations, including disciplinary decisions and litigation defense.

Speakers
avatar for Katy A. Suttorp

Katy A. Suttorp

Partner, Burke Williams & Sorensen, LLP
avatar for Monica Sanchez McQueen

Monica Sanchez McQueen

Partner, Burke Williams & Sorensen, LLP



Friday October 4, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am
International 2

9:30am

Best Practices on CalSTRS/CalPERS, Employment Agreements, CBAs and Related Brown Act Issues
Changing laws and regulations have altered CalSTRS’ and CalPERS’ views on reportable compensation, salary schedules, and spiking. CalPERS and CalSTRS have strictly applied the law and regulations when reviewing contract language in employment agreements, collective bargaining agreements and salary schedules. This session will provide guidance on the requirements, offer tips and pointers, and provide best practices to help you avoid audit findings of misreported compensation.
  • (1) More knowledge about CalSTRS and CalPERS requirements, audits and consequences for districts;
  • (2) Learn how to comply with such requirements in employment agreements and collective bargaining agreements; and
  • (3) Learn how to help the governing board comply with related Brown Act requirements.

Speakers
avatar for Ellen C. Wu

Ellen C. Wu

Shareholder, Dannis Woliver Kelley
avatar for William B. Tunick

William B. Tunick

Shareholder, Dannis Woliver Kelley



Friday October 4, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am
International 1

9:30am

Building and Maintaining Strong Labor Relations
The relationship between a district and a union is like a marriage, except divorce is not an option. So improving and maintaining that relationship is critical to meeting your objectives. Whether you have a great relationship with your union and want to maintain it, or things are a little prickly and you want to smooth it out, this workshop will give you the tools you need.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Kaatz

Sarah Kaatz

Partner, Lozano Smith
Lozano Smith



Friday October 4, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am
Atlantic 1&2

9:30am

Planning for Bargaining in the Best and Worst of Times
Collective bargaining in the post-recession, post-PEPRA, LCFF, LCAP, and post-Janus decision environment is, if not challenging, complex. In the best of times, there is no guarantee that settlements will come swiftly or that they are sure to align with the financial capability and program goals of the local educational agency. In difficult times, negotiations are often protracted and ripe with conflict.
In this session, will focus on the current economic and political environment and its impact on labor relations and bargaining, developing your agency’s bargaining strategy and approach, working with the board to develop bargaining parameters and goals, and what to expect if you find yourself at an impasse.

Speakers
avatar for Suzanne Speck

Suzanne Speck

Vice President, School Services of California Inc.
avatar for John Gray

John Gray

CIA, President and CEO, School Services of California Inc.
John Gray, President and CEO, contributes tremendous practical experience to the management consulting team and serves SSC’s clients by conducting fiscal health analyses, providing collective bargaining assistance, preparing multiyear financial projections, performing school district... Read More →



Friday October 4, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am
Pacific 1&2