1. 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

  2. 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

  3. June 8, 2017

    Informational Hearing Regarding CalPERS Set for June 28 in State Capitol

    BY: Nate Kowalski, Jorge Luna, Joshua Morrison

    In response to CalPERS’ recent and unprecedented decisions to reduce benefits for retirees from several public agencies that failed to make their required contributions to CalPERS, California Assembly member Freddie Rodriguez (D) and California Senator Richard Pan (D) have scheduled an informational hearing on the subject of “CalPERS Contracting with Participating Employers (Cities, Towns, Counties, […] more

  4. June 5, 2017

    More Disquieting News About Public Pension Costs

    BY: Nate Kowalski, Jorge Luna, Joshua Morrison

    On May 28, in one of his final articles after 33 years and 9,000 columns at the Sacramento Bee, state political columnist Dan Walters opined in “Growing Retirement Costs Are Hitting New State Budget Hard” that although the 2017-18 budget proposed by Governor Jerry Brown references the large impact of pension liabilities, it still minimizes […] more

  5. 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


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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