AALRR Speakers Announced for April


Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo attorneys be speaking at a number of leading statewide conferences and events this month, sharing their expertise on topics including what public employees need to know about the #MeToo movement, how to handle leaves of absence, best practices for education professionals when it comes to responding to complaints, how to safely manage the complicated issue of ransomware, and much more.

If you’re attending the following events, we hope you’ll join us at our presentations:

CASBO Conference
Sacramento Convention Center, April 4-7, 2018

Employee Leaves from the HR Perspective
Thursday, April 5, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

This workshop, held with attorney Tina Kannarr, will focus on employer responsibilities that are related to employee leaves under the Family and Medical Leave Act California Family Rights Act, Pregnancy Disability Leave Law, and workers’ compensation regulations. Attendees will leave the session with a better understanding of whether or not an employee qualifies for leave and how to respond to requests for leave.

Everything You Should Know About Wages, FLSA and Garnishments (Parts I & II)
Saturday, April 7, 9:15-10:15 a.m. (Part 1); 10:30-11:30 a.m. (Part 2)

This two-part workshop, held with attorney Todd Robbins, will provide a better understanding of laws and regulations as they pertain to local education organizations and payroll processing. You’ll learn correct taxation and overtime calculations, as well as other rules of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Our expert team will provide you with insight to help you make sure you’re in compliance and properly following wage laws.

EAC San Gabriel Valley—Top Ten Best Ways to Get Sued
Diamond Bar Center
Wednesday, April 11, 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Today’s marketplace is risky and complex. Juggling good intentions with employee performance and company policy can often result in unwanted lawsuits. The top ten best ways to get sued is not an exhaustive list, but a reminder to employers that paying attention to labor laws, ongoing legislation, and court decisions can help a company limit its liability and increase productivity. Join partner Paul Fleck for this important discussion.

APAHE Conference
Oakland Marriott, April 11-13, 2018

A Sanctuary Campus: Creating a Safe and Supportive Environment for All Students Irrespective of Immigration Status
Friday, April 13, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

In this presentation, attorney Meredith Brown will join Thuy Thi Nguyen, President of Foothill College, to discuss how to create a safe space for students.

#MeToo! What Public Employers Need to Know about Sexual Harassment
Friday, April 13, 3:45-4:45 p.m.

Attorney Meredith Brown and AALRR education consultant Laura Benson will discuss #MeToo in the workplace—and what you need to know.

ACSA LEAD 3 Symposium
Park Central Hotel, April 12-14, 2018 

Document Retention Policy and eDiscovery
Thursday, April 12, 10:45-11:45 a.m.

Technology can be a powerful tool, but it is also a source of legal headaches for educational institutions.  eDiscovery has become a norm in the litigation process and higher education institutions need to align their legal strategy to be better prepared. Better preparation for unanticipated or actual litigation requires a good document retention policy to reduce an agencies risk by ensuring the proper handling of electronic data. Institutions should have a formalized plan for document retention and destruction.  This session, held with attorney Scott Sachs, will discuss these issues and strategies for best practices to reduce risk.

When Complaints Go Viral: How do you Effectively Respond While Protecting Your District
Friday, April 13, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

How do you protect students and staff from media and public scrutiny during a complaint process?  This presentation will assist board members and administrators in navigating day-to-day complications. We will use a Title IX case study to cover trends in publicized and controversial complaints.  This discussion with attorney Eve Peek Fichtner and Jessica Gasbarro includes an overview of legal issues and practical tips regarding press statements, correcting inaccurate media, communication protocols, interim protections, confidentiality of records, continuity of services, maintaining safety, and minimizing disruption. 

Ransomware: Legal Issues and Tips to Avoid Being Held Hostage
Friday, April 13, 1:45-2:45 p.m.

$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. Held with attorneys Mellissa Gallegos and Tiffany Tran, this workshop 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.

Best Practices for Using Social Media
Friday, April 13, 3:00-400 p.m.

Teachers, board members, and administrators use social media as a means of communicating with students, parents, and constituents, and with each other. This session will review social media do’s and don’ts from a legal and public relations perspective. In this session, attorneys Shawna McKee and Sharon Ormond will examine various types of social media (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.) and discuss related legal issues which may arise in the educational work setting, such as free speech, intellectual property, and the Brown Act. Learn how to train your employees about the proper use of social media and how to respond to inappropriate conduct by employees, board members and students which occurs through social media.

PIHRA—Coachella Valley Chapter—Absenteeism and the Accommodation Dilemma
Woodhaven County Club, Palm Desert
Wednesday, April 18, 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Absenteeism is an employee’s intentional or habitual absence from work.  Absenteeism can equate to decreased productivity and can have a major impact on costs and morale in your company.  Join partner Amber Solano to learn the laws governing disability, how to handle employees who are habitually absent due to a disability, and the reasonable accommodations employers must extend to employees with disabilities.



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