Eight Renne Public Law Group (RPLG) attorneys will present at the California Public Employers Labor Relations Association (CALPELRA) Annual Training Conference in Monterey, November 14-17.

CALPELRA provides training and professional development for California public sector labor and employment professionals. The 2023 Annual Training Conference, themed “A Season for Gratitude and Resilience,” will give attendees the opportunity to improve their skills and build connections.

RPLG subject matter experts will share insights into topics ranging from the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to collective bargaining agreements. 

Founding Partner Jon Holtzman will again team up with Janet Cory Sommer (CALPELRA), Peter J. Brown (Liebert Cassidy Whitmore), Timothy L. Davis (Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP) and Irma Rodriguez Moisa (Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo) to present “Legal Strategies 2023.” The legal strategies session will analyze significant labor and employment decisions and legislation impacting public agencies to help public sector labor and employment professionals identify potential risks, avoid mistakes and implement new standards.

In “The Aftermath of a Mass Shooting: Selected Key Labor and Employment Issues,” Founding Partner Art Hartinger and Associate Jake Freitas, along with Seeta Ambati (Laughlin, Falbo, Levy, & Moresi), will discuss their experience addressing the aftermath of a mass shooting at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, where nine employees were shot and killed in May 2021. With the goal of preparing others to handle a similar, tragic situation, the session will touch on workers’ compensation claims and other topics.

CALPELRA Sparks sessions feature brief, similarly themed presentations that provide sparks of inspiration and insight. RPLG will present four sessions under the larger umbrella of “Knowledge Brings Resiliency when Facing FLSA/Wage and Hour Challenges”:

  • Founding Partner Art Hartinger and Associate Anastasia Bondarchuk, “One Size Does Not Fit All: Defining FLSA Work Periods”
  • Partner Ryan McGinley-Stempel and Associate Abigail West, “Pulling the Sword of Sovereignty from Stone: Recent Case Law Exposing Liability under Wage Laws and PAGA”
  • Partner Linda Ross and Associate Anastasia Bondarchuk, “My White-Collar Employees Are Salaried … Right?”
  • Senior Counsel Steve Cikes, “The Intersection of Public Entities’ Obligations under the FLSA and Collective Bargaining Agreements”

“RPLG thanks CALPELRA for inviting us to share insight on strengthening and preserving public services with other public sector labor and employment professionals at their Annual Training Conference,” said Jon. “We share CALPELRA’s sentiment that, during uncertain times, gratitude can help buoy perspective and resilience.”

For more information about these sessions, please visit RPLG’s exhibitor booth, number 43, in the De Anza Foyer of the Monterey Conference Center.

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.