1. September 7, 2017

    Appellate Court Holds That MOU Does Not Provide Vested Interest in Retiree Medical Benefits

    BY: Nate Kowalski, Jorge Luna, Joshua Morrison

    A new California appellate court decision affirmed the denial of retiree medical benefits and reinforced a 2011 California Supreme Court ruling that absent clear contractual language or convincing extrinsic evidence of intent, the presumption is that a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) does not create rights that survive the term of the contract. Specifically, the California […] more

  2. September 1, 2017

    PERB Allows School District to Enforce Longstanding, but Previously Unenforced Limits on the Employer Contribution for Post-Retirement Medical Benefits

    BY: Nate Kowalski, Jorge Luna, Joshua Morrison

    In a case successfully litigated by this firm, an administrative law judge for the Public Employment Relations Board (“PERB”) determined a school employer was within its rights to enforce long-standing, but previously unenforced collective bargaining language that limited the community college district’s (“District”) contributions for post-retirement health benefits for retirees in the CalPERS medical benefit […] more

  3. July 17, 2017

    Curtailing Police Pensions: Not As Simple As It May Seem

    BY: Nate Kowalski, Jorge Luna, Joshua Morrison

    A recent Wall Street Journal article, “Ill-Funded Police Pensions Put Cities in a Bind,” discusses problems cities have experienced after cutting police pensions and other benefits. According to the article, police and firefighter pensions are among the worst funded in the country, with a median of 71 cents for every dollar needed for future liabilities. […] more

  4. July 14, 2017

    Good News: CalPERS Reports an 11.2% Investment Return for the Recent Fiscal Year

    BY: Nate Kowalski, Jorge Luna, Joshua Morrison

    Today CalPERS reported a preliminary 11.2% net return on investments for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. This new figure brings CalPERS’ Total Fund performance to 8.8% for the past five years, 4.4% for the past ten years, and 6.6% for the past 20 years. Applying a seven percent discount rate (also known as […] more

  5. June 14, 2017

    California Court of Appeal Holds That Longevity Performance Bonus Should Be Excluded from Pension Calculations

    BY: Nate Kowalski, Jorge Luna, Joshua Morrison

    On June 5, 2017, the California Court of Appeal published DiCarlo v. County of Monterey, holding that employees’ stipends that depended on both longevity and performance were properly excluded from the calculation of public pension benefits. The Court of Appeal ruled that although the California Code of Regulations separately lists bonus pay and longevity pay […] 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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