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Sloan Sakai is pleased to provide a preview of our eight sessions at next week’s CALPELRA conference! Read for details on the topics, times, and locations of our Wednesday November 16th sessions – more details to come on our Thursday and Friday sessions. And don’t forget to visit us at Booth 56!

Annual Update of Key Labor Relations Decisions from PERB, the Courts, and the Legislature
Tim Yeung, Managing Partner
Janet Cory Sommer, CEO, CALPELRA

10:15 am – 11:45 am
Steinbeck 1, Monterey Conference Center 

A long-time Conference highlight, this session provides a comprehensive update of the year’s most important PERB cases, court decisions, and key new laws affecting public sector labor relations. This session puts the year’s cases and legislation in context and provides practical advice to help you negotiate successfully in the coming year while avoiding unfair labor practices.

Tick, Tock, Boom: Interacting With Potential Whistleblower Employees
Madeline Miller, Senior Counsel
Chris Moores, Senior Counsel

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Ferrantes Bay View Room, Monterey Marriott Hotel 

In this session you’ll learn the do’s and don’ts of interacting with and taking personnel action against whistleblowers. Although no amount of preparation can ensure that a potential whistleblower employee won’t file a lawsuit after being subjected to discipline or termination, you can take several steps to make such lawsuits much easier to defend in litigation. It simply is not the case that the job performance of all whistleblowers is above criticism or reproach, and you’ll learn how you can document personnel action in a manner that ensures favorable litigation outcomes later on.

Privacy is for Everyone Else: Personnel Records, Privacy Rights, and the Public’s Right to Know
Madeline Miller, Senior Counsel
Chris Moores, Senior Counsel

3:50 pm – 4:50 pm
Serra 1, Monterey Conference Center 

Under the California Public Records Act, the public has the right to inspect public records, but personnel records are exempt from disclosure if allowing the public to inspect them would be considered an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. But even the Public Records Act exemption for personnel records does not protect certain personnel information from disclosure, such as names, salary information, dates of employment, and certain misconduct. The Brown Act presents similarly complicated rules aimed at avoiding undue publicity or embarrassment for an employee while also allowing for full and candid discussion by the legislative body. In this session you’ll learn how to recognize personnel records and information, the protections that are afforded to personnel records, and exceptions contained in the California Public Records Act and California Brown Act that require certain types of personnel information to be revealed to the public despite protections in those laws.