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Wednesday, October 3
 

10:15am

Avoiding Past Mistakes and Averting Future Pitfalls: The Importance of Disability and Medical Leave Basics
This workshop will cover disability and medical leave laws and how to ensure compliance with those laws by site administrators.   While HR practitioners should hold primary roles in addressing matters such as leave administration and reasonable accommodation, they also should ensure that site administrators have an understanding of basic disability and medical leave principles in relation to their own duties.  This session will provide an overview of recommended topics and issues for site administrator training, with examples drawn from recent cases  to illustrate the pitfalls that can result when employers navigate these issues without all key participants knowing the basics.
 

Speakers
avatar for Katy A. Suttorp

Katy A. Suttorp

Partner, Burke Williams & Sorensen, LLP



Wednesday October 3, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Quarter Deck

10:15am

Legal, Effective and Accurate Documentation
Lozano Smith’s LEAD training will provide participants with the information that they need to legally, completely and effectively document employee communications and discipline matters. LEAD training is designed to assist school administrators in making their personnel communications and employee documentation legally defensible, fair, and easily understood by employees, interested parties, and other neutral third party decision makers.

Speakers
avatar for Dulcinea Grantham

Dulcinea Grantham

Partner, Lozano Smith
avatar for Niki Navai Nouri

Niki Navai Nouri

Lozano Smith



Wednesday October 3, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Mariposa

10:15am

TRAIN-Teach, Recruit, Acquire, Invest & Nurture
Hiring, Recruitment and Retention Issues? This session will provide you with some specific tips and strategies to enhance and improve your Spring hiring frenzy. You will be provided specific examples starting with predicting staffing needs early, marketing your approach, and finding candidates for those hard to fill positions.

Speakers
avatar for David Robertson

David Robertson

Director, Human Resources/Labor Relations, Twin Rivers Unified School District


Wednesday October 3, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Berkeley

10:15am

Who's Watching You? Surveillance and Social Media in Schools
From video surveillance to smart phone cameras, every moment of the school day can be captured in a photo or video clip. How do you train staff to protect privacy? Students and employees can "opt out" of having their images posted online, but how do you observe that request without breaching confidentiality? What if parents are snapping photos and posting to the school's Facebook page? Can you tell them whose photos shouldn't be used? How can you get posts removed without bruised feelings and broken laws?
Gretchen Shipley and Lori Chiu, attorneys, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, will take administrators through the quickly evolving world of ed tech law.

Speakers
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Lori Chiu

Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost
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Gretchen Shipley

Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost


Wednesday October 3, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Angel

1:15pm

Communicating When The Heat is Up
Learn some new strategies for communicating with your employees, parents and the school community when the topic is sensitive or controversial, and social media is starting to “rumble.” Topics covered: processes, protocols, drafting and disseminating messages, preparing for and responding to media.
Dr. Charles Young, Superintendent in Benicia USD, and Terilyn Finders, Director of Communications, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, will share strategies and practical advice for communication in today’s social media world.

Speakers
avatar for Terilyn Finders

Terilyn Finders

Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost
DC

Dr. Charles Young

Superintendent, Benicia Unified School District


Wednesday October 3, 2018 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Berkeley

1:15pm

How to Win A Certificated Dismissal
Speakers
avatar for Namita S. Brown

Namita S. Brown

Attorney, Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost LLP
TS

Tom Stekol, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent HR, Redondo Beach USD
avatar for Gabriela Flowers

Gabriela Flowers

Senior Counsel, Lozano Smith
avatar for Marleen L. Sacks

Marleen L. Sacks

Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
Marleen Sacks has over 20 years of experience in education and labor law, specializing in employee discipline, student rights and litigation related to employment and education matters. She has successfully prosecuted and negotiated the dismissal of hundreds of classified and certificated... Read More →


Wednesday October 3, 2018 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Mariposa

1:15pm

Ten Team Building Tips That Will Help You Transform Your Department
Supervisors and administrators in every department/site often struggle with how to build an effective team that is capable of working together efficiently and effectively. Learn 10 (or more) tips (all starting with the letter “C”) for creating and maintaining work teams that trust each other, are empowered to perform high quality work with minimal supervision, and are focused on getting the business of the agency done.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara J. Ginsberg

Barbara J. Ginsberg

Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
Barbara J. Ginsberg represents school and community college districts, and public agencies in all aspects of labor and employment matters and education law. She serves as chief negotiator for agencies in collective bargaining with certificated, classified, and police/safety units... Read More →


Wednesday October 3, 2018 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Quarter Deck

1:15pm

The Nuts and Bolts of Conducting Successful Investigations in Schools
This training will focus on practical advice for processing and investigating the various complaints that school districts receive, including Title IX, UCP, discrimination and harassment, and complaints against district employees. We will provide a step-by-step overview of the investigative process, from initial receipt of the complaint and initiating an investigation, through reporting the outcome and corrective action. We will provide effective tips for handling investigations and share best practices and advice on how to avoid the most common mistakes that occur during school investigations.

Speakers
avatar for Cindy Frazee

Cindy Frazee

Associate Superintendent, San Dieguito
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Andrea Naested

Managing Partner, Currier & Hudson, APC
avatar for Kendall C. Swanson

Kendall C. Swanson

Partner, Currier & Hudson, APC



Wednesday October 3, 2018 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Angel

3:00pm

Pay in the Workplace
This presentation will explain the changing status of the law regarding wage discrimination, equal pay requirements, and the role of prior salary when determining initial salary placement for new hires and salary placement for promotions.

Speakers
avatar for Dulcinea Grantham

Dulcinea Grantham

Partner, Lozano Smith
avatar for Niki Navai Nouri

Niki Navai Nouri

Lozano Smith



Wednesday October 3, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Angel

3:00pm

PERB, Court and Legislative Developments Affecting HR
In this annual lively and interactive session, we will provide vital information about new developments from PERB, the Courts, and the Legislature that you need to continue to manage your human resources responsibilities effectively.  Although the Supreme Court’s Janus decision and related developments have been the focus of attention, you will want to learn about recent court decisions on teacher dismissals, administrator reassignments to the classroom and the impact of a “reasonable accommodation” leave of absence on an employee’s probationary period.  We will help you to understand the impact of these developments on your own practice so that you can avoid inadvertently committing unfair practices, and avoid unnecessary delays as you implement your District’s LCAP and make other changes to respond to new legal requirements. 

Speakers
avatar for Janae H. Novotny

Janae H. Novotny

Partner, Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP



Wednesday October 3, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Mariposa

3:00pm

Speech, When It's Free? When It's Protected
The right to free speech might seem like clear-cut American value, but the law sees shades of gray, especially in public schools. From taking a knee to joining protest marches, what are the rights of students, teachers and staff? Should administrators cut off the microphone if a student goes off script at graduation? May teachers wear "Make America Great Again" hats or "Black Lives Matter" t-shirts? Can off campus speech be regulated if it affects events on campus?
Lisa Mori, attorney, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, will help administrators learn how to navigate this challenging topic.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa B. Mori

Lisa B. Mori

Attorney, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost


Wednesday October 3, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Berkeley

3:00pm

The Interactive Process and Complex Leave Issues
Laws addressing employee leaves of absence and the interactive process are complex and often overlapping or in conflict with one another. It is no surprise that some of the longest and most detailed policy provisions and collective bargaining agreement articles concern employee leaves. In this interactive session, we will use scenarios, role play exercises and detailed materials to breakdown the legal requirements and identify ways for your personnel department to consistently and effectively comply with state and federal leave laws.

Speakers
avatar for Chelsea R. Olson Murphy

Chelsea R. Olson Murphy

Special Counsel, Dannis Woliver Kelley
avatar for Roman Muñoz

Roman Muñoz

Attorney, Dannis Woliver Kelley



Wednesday October 3, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Quarter Deck
 
Thursday, October 4
 

8:30am

Building Positive Labor Relation
This presentation will go over ways to build and maintain positive labor relations by looking at the unique characteristics of your district and employee needs.  This topic is increasingly important the Janus decision is impacting how labor leaders deal with their members and with management.  

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Glentzer

Nicole Glentzer

Assistant Superintendent Human Resources, Ukiah Unified School District


Thursday October 4, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Mariposa

8:30am

Hot Topics
Speakers
TS

Tom Stekol, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent HR, Redondo Beach USD


Thursday October 4, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Berkeley

8:30am

Ounce of Prevention or Pound of Cure: How to Use Legal Counsel to Avoid Problems
Calling a lawyer is almost as popular as a getting a dental cleaning or a smog check, but consulting with your attorney to strategize before tackling thorny issues can prevent or contain fallout.
Seth Eckstein, attorney, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, and Tara Gard, Deputy Chief of Talent, Oakland USD, will discuss how and when to effectively seek legal guidance.

Speakers
SE

Seth Eckstein

Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost


Thursday October 4, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Angel

8:30am

Sexual Harassment, the #MeToo Movement and Action Imperatives for Every District's HR Department
Districts are legally required to create and ensure compliance with sexual harassment prevention policies. Social media, traditional media and the public have focused unprecedented attention on these issues, and there is a tremendous opportunity for human resources professionals to step up to take a proactive leadership role. Presenters will identify leadership opportunities, best practices and a toolbox of practical advice for administrators to utilize in their districts.

Speakers
avatar for Tami Essis Culkar

Tami Essis Culkar

Special Counsel, Dannis, Woliver, Kelley
avatar for Sandra Woliver

Sandra Woliver

Attorney at Law, Dannis Woliver Kelley



Thursday October 4, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Quarter Deck

10:15am

Deciphering the Education Code
It has been noted that “entry into the Education Code is painful” and “large parts of the Education Code are not meant to be understood” – and this was the California Court of Appeal speaking.  This session will break down the otherwise indecipherable provisions of the Education Code as it relates to the fundamental rules of certificated and classified employment.  Targeted for both emerging and advanced HR practitioners, we will cover fundamentals such as how the Education Code establishes the certificated and classified services, as well as advanced scenarios, such as the subtle yet significant distinctions in how the Education Code treats topics such as employee classifications (including temporary and short-term employees), leaves of absences, seniority, permanent status, 39-month rehire rights, layoffs, and bumping with respect to certificated and classified personnel.  This presentation will also cover how school districts can prepare and align their bargaining strategies to achieve consistency and compliance with the Education Code. 

Speakers
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John Yeh

Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP



Thursday October 4, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Angel

10:15am

The Art & Science of Hiring - The Interview Process That Guarantees Exceptional Results
While there are many parts to the hiring process, the selection of applicants and the interview process is critical in guaranteeing that you hire highly effective employees.  Beginning with the end in mind, the process starts with identifying both required and desired skills and traits that are used as the basis for application review, selection of  questions, focus for the interview team, and drives the final review.  Once established, this process ensures consistency throughout the district and also guarantees success in hiring.

Speakers
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Joan Zappettini

Director of Human Resources, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District


Thursday October 4, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Quarter Deck

10:15am

The Sun Never Sets on the Post Janus World
In the days since the Janus decision was issued, new issues and questions are frequent. This session will provide an opportunity for participants to get answers to their specific questions and guidance on responding to the various communications from employees and labor and outside organizations regarding union membership and dues, agency fees, and requests for employee information. It will also cover the key things you need to know about the Janus decision and fill you in on some major legislative developments intended to lessen the impact of Janus.

Speakers
avatar for Gabriela Flowers

Gabriela Flowers

Senior Counsel, Lozano Smith
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Karen Rezendes

Lozano Smith


Thursday October 4, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Mariposa

10:15am

Trouble Shooting Leadership: How to Lead Challenging People and How to Lead in Challenging Circumstances
Whether you are a seasoned leader or new to leadership, knowing how to change and motivate challenging employees or work with difficult bosses is key to your team being able to thrive. Learn tips for dealing with challenging employees and bosses, evaluating your own leadership traits, and for emerging as a stronger, more confident leader.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara J. Ginsberg

Barbara J. Ginsberg

Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
Barbara J. Ginsberg represents school and community college districts, and public agencies in all aspects of labor and employment matters and education law. She serves as chief negotiator for agencies in collective bargaining with certificated, classified, and police/safety units... Read More →


Thursday October 4, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Berkeley

1:30pm

Credentialing Update from The CTC
Requirements and activities for many educator credentials have changed in the last few years and more changes are coming soon. Come listen to CTC staff discuss these many changes, followed by a hearty Question and Answer period. Be sure to bring your questions!

Speakers
AR

Amy Reising

Director of Performance Assessment Development, CTC
Amy Reising currently serves as the Director of Performance Assessment Development for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).She has extensive experience designing and implementing large scale performance assessment and exams programs in California. She is currently... Read More →
avatar for Gay Roby

Gay Roby

Consultant Professional Services Division, CTC
CTC Consultant since 2010, serving the teacher and education leader induction programs. Former BTSA Cluster Regional Director and local program director. Site visit consultant for many CTIP visits. Mom of 4, grandma of 8 (and hoping for more), loves reading, sewing, and crafting... Read More →
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Erin Skubal

Consultant, Credentials Division, CTC



Thursday October 4, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Berkeley

1:30pm

Employee Absenteeism: Managing Attendance Issues
This session will explore the different types of employee absenteeism and provide practical guidelines to comply with applicable employment laws.

Speakers
avatar for Tina L. Kannarr

Tina L. Kannarr

Senior Counsel, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo


Thursday October 4, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Quarter Deck

1:30pm

Privacy: Technology and HR
Social media, downloading of computer applications, and more can easily result in privacy violations. Ensuring privacy and safety for our students and employees while also allowing for educational growth often conflict.  Unintentional mistakes are common exposing your employees and district to liability and violations of FERPA and civil rights.  The Human Resource Department is critical to address issues pertaining to your employees and students rights, privacy, and potential discipline.   Amelia Vance, a nationally known expert on privacy joins ACSA's Legislative Advocate, Laura Preston, to highlight issues that school administrators are facing in the ever evolving changes in technology  and privacy.

Speakers
LP

Laura Preston

Legislative Advocate, ACSA
avatar for Amelia Vance

Amelia Vance

Director of Education Privacy & Policy Council, Future of Privacy Forum
Amelia is the Director of Education Privacy and a Policy Counsel at the Future of Privacy Forum. She leads FPF’s work to ensure the responsible use of student data and education technology in schools, helping educators with resources and information, and seeking inputs from all... Read More →


Thursday October 4, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Angel

1:30pm

Staying Legal, Now and In the Future
Whether you are a new or experienced HR professional you have likely attended or heard about DWK’s Staying Legal. More than 2,500 people have attended Staying Legal over the years and it changes every year. Please plan to attend this interactive (no talking heads), practical and at times humorous presentation focusing on new laws, court decisions, legal trends and best practices for school district human resources and labor relations professionals. During this two part (I and II) presentation, DWK attorneys Dannis and Pearl will teach, share and help you better understand and apply new legal requirements and best practices to "stay legal" in the areas of labor law (Janus decision and SB 866), new legislation, discrimination/harassment, ADA, FMLA, technology, First Amendment, discipline and unfair practice charges.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Dannis

Greg Dannis

Attorney, Dannis Woliver Kelley
avatar for Jon Pearl

Jon Pearl

Shareholder, Dannis Woliver Kelley



Thursday October 4, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Mariposa

3:15pm

Cutting Through the Haze: How to Address the Growing Specter of Marijuana in the Workplace
With the passage of Prop 64, marijuana is more commonplace than ever. With this changing legal landscape, it is critical that public employers understand their rights in addressing employee marijuana use.
Our briefing will discuss:
· When and how can a public employer conduct drug testing?
· What is the scope of acceptable marijuana use in the workplace?
· What affirmative steps can a public employer take to address issues of marijuana use with its employees?
Join us for a discussion of these timely issues to ensure that your agency is not left high and dry.

Speakers
avatar for Brooke E. Jimenez

Brooke E. Jimenez

Senior Associate, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo


Thursday October 4, 2018 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Quarter Deck

3:15pm

Extreme Employee Misconduct
Public employees are a fantastic group of workers but, every now and then, an employee engages in egregious conduct that requires an expedient response from the human resources department. What will you do when an employee . . . engages in offensive online conduct? . . . brings a firearm or knife to campus? . . . is suspected of having pornography on a classroom computer? . . . has written romantic text messages to a student? . . . is suspected of stealing District equipment or supplies? This workshop will provide attendees with the legal framework for addressing these questions and an interactive opportunity for human resources professionals to discuss the preferred approach at their respective districts.

Speakers
avatar for Gabriela Flowers

Gabriela Flowers

Senior Counsel, Lozano Smith
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Aria Link

Lozano Smith


Thursday October 4, 2018 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Angel

3:15pm

Public Records Act Requests: What's Public? What's Private?
Balancing the public’s right to know with the privacy rights of students and staff can make administrators can feel like they’re on a high wire.
Carlos Villegas, attorney, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, will explain the latest in the law’s requirements and protections, with special emphasis on technology, including personal cell phones and email accounts.

Speakers
avatar for Carlos Villegas

Carlos Villegas

Partner, Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost LLP


Thursday October 4, 2018 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Berkeley

3:15pm

Staying Legal Part II
Whether you are a new or experienced HR professional you have likely attended or heard about DWK’s Staying Legal. More than 2,500 people have attended Staying Legal over the years and it changes every year. Please plan to attend this interactive (no talking heads), practical and at times humorous presentation focusing on new laws, court decisions, legal trends and best practices for school district human resources and labor relations professionals. During this two part (I and II) presentation, DWK attorneys Dannis and Pearl will teach, share and help you better understand and apply new legal requirements and best practices to "stay legal" in the areas of labor law (Janus decision and SB 866), new legislation, discrimination/harassment, ADA, FMLA, technology, First Amendment, discipline and unfair practice charges.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Dannis

Greg Dannis

Attorney, Dannis Woliver Kelley
avatar for Jon Pearl

Jon Pearl

Shareholder, Dannis Woliver Kelley



Thursday October 4, 2018 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Mariposa
 
Friday, October 5
 

10:15am

High Crimes and Misdemeanors
Just because someone has been arrested or convicted of a crime does not mean they are precluded from public school employment. In fact, there are laws that prohibit certain offenses from being considered in the hiring process. On the flip side, there are certain offenses that disqualify an applicant from public school employment. This presentation will discuss the use of criminal convictions in the hiring process and also what to do when you receive a subsequent arrest notification from a current employee. Attendees will learn the limitations on use of arrests and convictions in hiring and making employment decisions, and the requirements for placing employees on a mandatory leave of absence following arrest and CTC reporting obligations.

Speakers
avatar for Dulcinea Grantham

Dulcinea Grantham

Partner, Lozano Smith



Friday October 5, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Mariposa

10:15am

Ten Tips for Successfully Negotiating Special Education Language
More and more, management negotiators are finding themselves having to respond to Special Education working condition demands. This is not surprising given the ever- increasing demands placed on Special Education teachers and support staff. In this session, participants will increase their understanding of the underlying factor driving these demands and ten tips will be provided for responding to Special Education proposals at the bargaining table.

Speakers
avatar for Suzanne Speck

Suzanne Speck

Vice President, School Services of California Inc.


Friday October 5, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Island Ballroom

10:15am

When Discipline and Disability Intersect
Performance management, if done effectively, can minimize the risk of discrimination claims. Although an employee’s disability may have no bearing on unsatisfactory performance or other misconduct, in many cases it does.

When discipline and disabilities collide, the discipline may run afoul of federal and State disabilities laws. Join us to discuss how to properly manage the intersection of disabilities, discipline and documentation. We will explore common situations employers encounter, such as:
  • · When can employers discipline an employee for disability-caused misconduct?
  • · What can employers do if an employee is unable to meet performance standards due to a disability?
  • · Should employers rescind disciplinary action after receiving information the conduct was caused by a disability?

Speakers
avatar for Marleen L. Sacks

Marleen L. Sacks

Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
Marleen Sacks has over 20 years of experience in education and labor law, specializing in employee discipline, student rights and litigation related to employment and education matters. She has successfully prosecuted and negotiated the dismissal of hundreds of classified and certificated... Read More →


Friday October 5, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Angel