Speaking Engagements

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An informative session during the 18th Annual Public Works Conference that will cover the handling of bid protests, including the impact of recent legislation.

This session will address compensation, health care, expense reimbursements and other perks of being a board member, including when it is necessary to report gifts and meals to the FPPC. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the limits on compensation, gifts and what perks a board member can accept and what perks may create conflicts or be impermissible.

This session features a leading union-side attorney and negotiator and a sought-after agency negotiator sharing their unique perspectives on negotiating during these challenging financial times. Both have negotiated, advised, arbitrated, and/or litigated pension and retiree health benefit issues, health changes, and implementation of layoffs and furloughs, and will discuss the realities in working out deals on these and other hot labor issues when money is tight.

In this interactive session, you’ll learn a step-by-step method for navigating the various leave and disability laws, including the ADA, FMLA, FEHA, and workers’ compensation laws. You’ll also learn how to bring closure in the case of employees on extended leaves.

While the majority of public agencies provide due process rights to their employees, many of those agencies make mistakes that negatively impact on their ability to take appropriate corrective action in the face of misconduct and performance deficiencies. This interactive session presents challenging real-life scenarios while walking participants through a potential discipline issue from start to finish – from the time the issue is reported to the employee’s supervisor or HR department through the potential imposition of discipline.

Join the lead counsel from landmark California cases for a discussion about ongoing vested rights litigation.  (Art Hartinger argued the REAOC case on behalf of the County of Orange in the California Supreme Court and twice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and served as lead counsel for the City of San Jose in the groundbreaking vested rights case tried in July 2013).