1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  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.

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