November 2, 2017
November is set to be a busy month for AALRR and its attorneys. On November 6 in Stockton and November 8 in Cerritos, the firm will host its 14th Annual Education Law Conference, which typically draws over 500 education professionals from all over the state. Over a dozen attorneys will present on topics critical to educators, from new legislation, to Title IX concerns and compliance, to school construction and facilities information.
AALRR attorneys will also lend their experience and expertise in their fields through a number of presentations and panel discussions at various conferences and conventions held by organizations the firm supports, including the ACSA Leadership Summit in San Jose and the ACWA Fall Conference in Anaheim. Below is a full list of engagements: If you’re headed to one of these events, we hope to see you there!
ACSA Leadership Summit, San Jose Convention Center, November 2-4, 2017
Addressing Transgender Students Through an Interactive Process
Friday, November 3, 1:15-2:15 pm
The protections afforded to transgender students under federal and state law is a rapidly evolving area that deserves attention. Institutions must develop practical solutions that meet the needs of their transgender students and address related concerns that may be raised by some who disagree with the district’s policies. This presentation by attorney Stephen McLoughlin will provide an overview of what an “interactive process” should include to meet the needs of transgender students, comply with the law, and create a safe environment for all students.
Best Practices for Using Social Media
Friday, November 3, 1:15-2:15 pm
Teachers, board members, and administrators use social media as a means of communicating with students, parents, and constituents, and with each other. While the use of social media has certain benefits, this session will focus on discussing its potential pitfalls when used in the school setting. Held with AALRR’s Anna Miller, this session will review social media do’s and don’ts from a legal and public relations perspective.
Fresno County Employer Advisory Council, Fresno Ramada Inn, November 9, 2017
Workplace Violations, Misconduct, Investigations, and Imposing Discipline: What Does the Law Require?
Thursday, November 9, 7:30 am
This presentation, held with attorneys Andrew Aller and Kevin Dale, discusses all aspects of responding to allegations of workplace misconduct and conducting effective investigations when needed, as well as the importance of properly documenting employee misconduct and administering discipline. Attendees will learn tips on what to do when employee misconduct is reported or suspected, when a workplace investigation should be conducted, how to choose disciplinary options, and what to include in disciplinary documents.
PIHRA (Professionals in Human Resources Association)
Work Smarter, Not Harder: Strategies to Address New Employment Laws and Regulatory Trends
Wednesday, November 15, 7:30-10:00am - Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, November 16, 11:00-1:30pm - Long Beach, CA
One of the greatest challenges for employers in California is keeping abreast of legal developments. Each year brings new court decisions, laws, and regulations that impact how organizations conduct business. In this program, we will discuss the key developments in employment law and issues of current concern for employers in California. These speaking engagements will be conducted by AALRR Partner Susan Steward.
CCLC Annual Convention, San Jose Fairmont, November 16-18, 2017
The Brown Act: Applying the Rules to Real Life Situations
Thursday, November 16, 8:30-10:15 am
The Brown Act ensures that the public’s business is conducted openly. New and experienced trustees will find value in this session, held with attorney Todd Goluba and designed to examine how to correctly apply the Brown Act to specific situations that occur in board meetings.
Ransomware: Legal Issues and Tips to Avoid Being Held Hostage
Friday, November 17, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
$600,000? $30,000? $10,000? How much would your district pay to get its data back? Ransomware attacks are rampant and this billion-dollar criminal market continues to grow. This workshop, held with AALRR associates Tiffany Tran and Mellissa Gallegos, will discuss the ransomware epidemic and how it can have devastating impacts on districts. Attendees will learn about prevention considerations so their districts can be more prepared for ransomware attacks, protocols for responding to an attack and the related legal implications.
Fiduciary Responsibility Regarding Budgets and Fiscal Oversight and the Shared Governance Process
Friday, November 17, 2:45-4:00 pm
In this session, AALRR partner Meredith Brown will cover fiscal oversight and the shared governance process.
Managing Free Speech on Campus: Will F.I.R.E. or Y.A.F. Target Your Campus Next?
Friday, November 17, 4:15-5:15 pm
Institutions are increasingly facing instances of unrest and disruption on campus due to both the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article I, Section 2, of the California Constitution, which guarantees every person the right of free speech and expression. Such incidents can give rise to a variety of legal and practical issues for institutions to manage. Led by AALRR partner Sharon Ormond, this session will review these issues and the institution’s legal obligations, and will culminate in a discussion about best practices to avoid common pitfalls.
ACWA Fall Conference, Anaheim Marriott Hotel, November 28-December 1
Devices & Data: Public Records Act and Beyond
Wednesday, November 29, 2:15-3:15 pm
In March, the California Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in City of San Jose v. Smith, finding that government emails stored on council members’ personal devices could constitute public records. This panel, moderated by AALRR’s Kevin Dale, will analyze the holdings of this case, discuss its implications for public agencies, and provide an overview of the laws and rules applicable to public agencies’ and officers’ management of electronic data.
One Toke Over the Line: The Growing Specter of Marijuana in the Workplace
Thursday, November 30, 9:30-11:00 am
With Marijuana more commonplace than ever, it is critical that public employers understand their rights in addressing employee use of the drug. Kevin Dale and Andrew Aller will discuss the changing legal landscape of marijuana regulation, including topics such as how and when a public employer can conduct drug testing, the scope of acceptable marijuana use in the workplace, and what affirmative steps a public employer can take to address issues of marijuana use with its employees.
AALRR Attorneys Speaking at CSULB
Susan Steward: A Primer in California Employment Law
Tuesday, November 14, 1:00 pm; Thursday, November 16, 7:00 pm
Thomas Lenz: A Primer in California Labor Law
Monday, November 27, 2017, 9:30 am
AALRR attorneys are always willing and eager to share their knowledge and experience to students—and many are regularly asked to speak at college campuses. This month, AALRR partners Susan Steward and Thomas Lenz will present at CSULB. Susan Steward will give a primer on employment law in California at the university's graduate Human Resoures Class, focusing on what every manager needs to know. Thomas Lenz will answer student questions at a CSULB Labor Relations class and will shed light on the ins and outs of the work he does on a daily basis. Tom also serves as a Lecturer in Law, teaching at the USC Gould School of Law.