RPLG Partner Art Hartinger brought his expertise in privacy and harassment law to the Public Employer Labor Relations Association of California (PELRAC)’s 10th Annual Conference this week in Palm Springs. Hartinger delivered two presentations on bullying and the right to privacy in public workplaces.

Hartinger’s first presentation, “When is my Privacy not Private?,” explored a wide range of privacy issues in the public sector. Among other topics, he covered the Brown Act’s disclosure requirements, recent statutes banning settlements that bar victims from testifying in sexual harassment cases, restrictions on drug testing and Ban the Box laws.

His second presentation, “Today’s Workplace – Bullying No Longer Allowed,” covered the definition of bullying in educational and professional settings, employer responses, tips for avoiding email bullying and advice on crafting an anti-bullying policy. Hartinger also touched upon SB 1343, which requires employers with five or more employees to provide training and education related to sexual harassment.

PELRAC’s annual conference brings together labor relations and human resources professionals from the state’s public sector for professional development and networking opportunities. This year, attendees have the opportunity to attend five plenary sessions on timely industry subjects. The conference offers 21 breakout sessions that cover issues ranging from the impact of the California Public Records Act to compensation systems.

RPLG practices throughout California, advising and advocating for public agencies, nonprofit entities, individuals and private entities in need of effective, responsive and creative legal solutions.