2021 SACRS Annual Spring Conference

2021 State Association of County Retirement Systems Annual Spring Conference

On May 11-13, 2021, Ashley Dunning, Peter Mixon, John Kennedy and Allison Callaghan spoke during the State Association of County Retirement Systems (SACRS) Annual Spring Conference. The Conference offered valuable insights on investment, legislative and operation/benefit matters impacting public pension systems.

On May 11th, Ashley and Peter presented “Ethics Training for Trustees and Staff.” This two-hour mandatory bi-annual training for public officials covered 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 presented “Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Local Agency Officials (AB 1661).” This interactive training session met 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 met the requirements under AB 1825, in which employees who perform supervisory functions must receive sexual harassment prevention training. Attendees learned how to prevent and effectively respond to complaints of sexual harassment.

On May 13th, Ashley presented “Legal Updates and a Discussion on the Alameda Decision.” She recapped and analyzed 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.

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