1. May 23, 2017

    Employer Contribution Rates Set to Rise

    BY: Nate Kowalski, Jorge Luna, Joshua Morrison

    Last week, CalPERS issued Circular Letters informing school and state employers of their expected contribution rates for the 2017-18 fiscal year. These rates go into effect with the first payroll period that ends in July 2017. School Employers School employers will contribute 15.531% of compensation, an increase from the current 13.888%. Total contributions will rise […] more

  2. May 5, 2017

    Committee Votes Down Senate Bill to Ban COLAs and Increase Contribution Rates

    BY: Joshua Morrison, Nate Kowalski, Jorge Luna

    As reported by the Sacramento Bee, last week the California Senate’s Public Employment and Retirement Committee voted down by a three-two margin Senate Bill 32, which had been aimed at reducing public pensions’ unfunded liabilities. Republican Senator John Moorlach from Costa Mesa brought the bill; many union representatives testified against it. SB 32 was modeled […] more

  3. April 21, 2017

    California Supreme Court Agrees to Review Another Appellate Court Ruling Allowing Modification of Public Pensions

    BY: Nate Kowalski, Joshua Morrison, Jorge Luna

    Last week, the California Supreme Court agreed to review the California Court of Appeal’s December 2016 ruling in Cal Fire Local 2881 v. California Public Employees’ Retirement System, 7 Cal.App.5th 115 (Cal. Ct. App. 2016), that the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA) lawfully eliminated the right of CalPERS members to purchase up […] more

  4. April 17, 2017

    Two New Laws Impacting CalSTRS and CalPERS Members

    BY: Nate Kowalski, Jorge Luna, Joshua Morrison

    Two laws that went into effect on January 1, 2017 should help some CalSTRS and CalPERS members. Special Needs Trusts May Be Designated Beneficiaries Assembly Bill 1875 amended various sections of the Education Code to allow Defined Benefit Program members and Cash Balance Benefit Program participants to designate a special needs trust as an option […] more

  5. April 6, 2017

    Editorial Maintains 2012 Pension Reforms Are Working

    BY: Nate Kowalski, Jorge Luna, Joshua Morrison

    Last month, the Bay Area’s Mercury News published an editorial by Dave Low headlined “Opinion: CalPERS Pensions Are Just Fine, Thank You Very Much.” Low heads Californians for Retirement Security, an organization claiming a membership of more than 1.6 million public employees and retirees. Low’s editorial maintained that the pension reforms enacted in 2012 have […] more


Upcoming AALRR Events

Complimentary Breakfast Briefing: He Said/She Said/They Said: But Who to Believe?

In workplace investigations, witnesses often contradict each other on key facts or they interpret those facts differently. As an investigator, you must decide whose version or interpretation of those facts you believe. How do you make that determination? Are you confident that your approach for assessing witness credibility results in correct findings?

This breakfast briefing provides an in-depth analysis of credibility factors, including corroboration, plausibility, motivation, consistency, contradictions, and demeanor.

The briefing also explores other factors that may influence an investigator’s decision making process including implicit/unconscious bias and provides steps to reduce those concerns.

Finally, this briefing uses real world examples and fact-based hypotheticals to sharpen your skill in making credibility assessments — an indispensable tool in your investigation tool kit.

May 23, 2017 - Cerritos Sheraton

June 1, 2017 - Costa Mesa Center Club

June 6, 2017 - Los Angeles City Club

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