1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. May 5, 2017

    Committee Votes Down Senate Bill to Ban COLAs and Increase Contribution Rates

    BY: Joshua Morrison, Nate Kowalski, Jorge Luna

    As reported by the Sacramento Bee, last week the California Senate’s Public Employment and Retirement Committee voted down by a three-two margin Senate Bill 32, which had been aimed at reducing public pensions’ unfunded liabilities. Republican Senator John Moorlach from Costa Mesa brought the bill; many union representatives testified against it. SB 32 was modeled […] 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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