1. November 28, 2017

    CalPERS Responds to Its Critics

    BY: Nate Kowalski, Jorge Luna, Joshua Morrison

    Last week, CalPERS did something unusual: It wrote a retort to its critics. In an article titled “Critics Pick Their Facts but Ignore the Truth,” CalPERS responded to two editorials in two different newspapers. CalPERS called the editorial writers “serial critics of defined benefit plans” who “selectively mine the facts so they can advance their […] more

  2. November 13, 2017

    Senate Bill 525 Amends California Public Pension Laws

    BY: Nate Kowalski, Jorge Luna, Joshua Morrison

    California Senate Bill 525, concerning public pensions, was signed into law in September and will take effect on January 1, 2018. The bill changes many provisions of the Government Code. Most of these revisions are minor “housekeeping” changes. One substantial change affecting many public agencies is the amendment to Government Code section 20636, requiring public […] more

  3. October 13, 2017

    New Stanford University Study Predicts Public Pensions Costs in California to Consume 14-17.5% of Operating Expenses by the Year 2030

    BY: Nate Kowalski, Jorge Luna, Joshua Morrison

    On October 2nd, Stanford University’s Institute for Economic Policy Research published a 193-page article summarizing “case studies” of 14 public entities—the State of California, three counties, six cities, three school districts, and one Special District (Bay Area Rapid Transit). The article, charting the entities’ past and predicted pension costs from fiscal years 2002-2003 to 2029-2030, […] more

  4. September 27, 2017

    New Law Penalizes Employers Who Fail to Provide Information About Annuitants Working During Retirement

    BY: Nate Kowalski, Jorge Luna, Joshua Morrison

    On September 23rd, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill No. 1309, which provides for assessments on employers that fail to report the hiring and payroll information of California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) members working in retirement. The fine is 200 dollars per month for each annuitant employee the employer fails to report. The law will go […] more

  5. 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


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.

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