1. 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

  2. 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

  3. March 29, 2017

    California Supreme Court Will Rule on Whether the Government May Modify Pension Benefits

    BY: Nate Kowalski, Jay Trinnaman, Jorge Luna

    In September, we reported on a significant case, Marin Association of Public Employees v. Marin County Employees’ Retirement Association, in which a California appellate court ruled that the government could make reasonable modifications to public employees’ pension benefits without infringing on their vested right to a reasonable pension. We predicted the case would be appealed […] more

  4. March 24, 2017

    CalPERS Approves New Draft Regulations for Calculating Pensionable Compensation

    BY: Jorge Luna, Nate Kowalski, Joshua Morrison

    The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Board of Administration recently approved new draft regulations concerning what types of compensation will be used to calculate pension benefits. These regulations will apply only to members hired on or after January 1, 2013, under the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA). The regulations are meant to counter […] more

  5. March 24, 2017

    CalPERS Declares Consortium in Default of Pension Obligations

    BY: Nate Kowalski, Jorge Luna, Joshua Morrison

    On March 15th, the CalPERS Board of Administration declared the East San Gabriel Valley Human Services consortium in default for failing to pay over $400,000 to fund its pension plan.  According to CalPERS, the consortium’s contract will terminate in 60 days. At that time, the consortium will be liable for approximately $19.3 million, the amount […] 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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