2021 SACRS Annual Spring Conference
On May 11-13, 2021, Ashley Dunning, Peter Mixon, John Kennedy and Allison Callaghan will speak during the State Association of County Retirement Systems (SACRS) Annual Spring Conference. This virtual conference will offer valuable insights on investment, legislative and operation/benefit matters impacting public pension systems.
On May 11th, Ashley and Peter will present “Ethics Training for Trustees and Staff.” This two-hour mandatory bi-annual training for public officials will cover conflict of interest rules, public meeting and record requirements, due process requirements and other significant rules for legal compliance by public officials, with a particular focus on how these rules apply to retirement board trustees and senior staff.
Later in the afternoon, John and Allison will present “Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Local Agency Officials (AB 1661).” This interactive training session meets the requirements under AB 1661, in which local agency officials must receive at least two hours of sexual harassment prevention and education training within the first six months of taking office or commencing employment and every two years thereafter if the local agency provides any type of compensation, salary or stipend to its officials. The session also meets the requirements under AB 1825, in which employees who perform supervisory functions must receive sexual harassment prevention training. Attendees will learn how to prevent and effectively respond to complaints of sexual harassment.
On May 13th, Ashley will present “Legal Updates and a Discussion on the Alameda Decision.” She will recap and analyze the oral arguments that were presented to the California Supreme Court on May 5, 2020. In this case, the Court considered the constitutionality of one aspect of the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 and, potentially, the parameters of the “California Rule” governing legislative and administrative modifications to rules regarding public retirement benefit determinations applicable to current employees.