PORAC Issues Symposium 2018
April 10th & 11th, 2018 - Tuesday & Wednesday
The Impact of Court Cases & Pension Reform On Law Enforcement
 The 2018 PORAC Symposium will be held at the Doubletree Golf Resort in Palm Springs, CA. We will have a series of experts in varying fields. They will be providing input on issues that effect PORAC membership and law enforcement now, and in the near and distant future.


2018 Symposium Topics

Something Wicked This Way Comes: Janus v. AFSCME

Robert Bonsall, PORAC Corporate Counsel

The United States Supreme Court will issue a decision in Janus v. AFSCME in the near future. The question in this case is whether public sector agency fee arrangements should be declared unconstitutional under the First Amendment. An adverse decision in Janus v. AFSCME will undermine the financial viability and political clout of public sector labor organizations. Public sector unions, including peace officer associations, must prepare for the worst.

So You Thought 60 Years of Established and Unchallenged Law Would Protect Your Pension? Not So Fast . . .

Timothy Talbot, Attorney, Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle & Silver 

In November of 2012, public employees in several Northern California counties sued to protect their pensions from newly adopted provisions of the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (“PEPRA”).  The lawsuits were filed to stop various county retirement systems from retroactively eliminating vested pension benefits.  The trial courts in Marin and Contra Costa Counties ultimately sided with the respective pension plans and ruled against the public employees.

Other cases were decided by the First District Court of Appeal and ignored 60 years of pension law that protected vested public employee retirement benefits.  

The California Supreme Court has formally accepted the Marin and Cal Fire cases for review pending the decision of the First District Court of Appeal in the Alameda/Contra Costa County case. Once the Alameda/Contra Costa case has been decided, there will likely be an appeal to the Supreme Court.  All these cases will be addressed jointly by the Supreme Court.

Legislative & Political Action Update

Randy Perry, PORAC Lobbyist, Aaron Read & Associates

A review of last year’s passed legislation that affects PORAC members, as well as this year’s pending legislation. We’ll look at the upcoming 2018 elections and bills.

FLSA Tactical Training for Law Enforcement: The Basics, Emerging Issues, and Defeating Management Dirty Tricks to Undermine the FLSA at the Table

David E. Mastagni, Attorney, Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C. 

L.E. union leaders will obtain a basic understanding of the Regular (OT) Rate calculation, off-the-clock claims, 207(k) partial exemptions and offsets/credits.  The class will also discuss recent cases and cutting edge issues such as, Holiday in Lieu Pay, Flores v. San Gabriel, sick leave incentive. 

Bargaining training will be provided to identify and defeat management schemes to erode FLSA rights through subterfuge by establishing split rate OT calculations, declaring dormant 207(k) exemptions, and reclassifying salaried officers as hourly employees to avoiding paying full overtime on special comps.

Mind vs. Machine

Alison Berry-Wilkinson, Attorney, Berry Wilkinson Law Group

How Human Factors and the Camera Technology Influence Perceptions of Force Encounters.

What Every Board Member Needs to Know To Stay Out Of Trouble?

Rick Pinckard & Brad Fields, Attorneys, Bobbitt, Pinckard & Fields

A Survey of Critical Incident, Legal Defense, and Labor Issues Designed to provide a level of competence to new and existing board members.

POA Injury Recovery and/or Disability Toolbox: How to Help Your Members Navigate the Workers’ Compensation System

Steve Scardino, Attorneys, Geklaw

A variety of in-depth topics covering the basics of workers’ compensation.  From statute of limitations, what you need to know about statutory injury presumptions or getting prompt medical care. Provide your association members with the optimal tools to traverse the system of workers’ compensation.


*Additional Topics as Issues Arise*

Symposium Agenda

*topics subject to change* 



Presentations take place at 8:00am - 5:00pm each day  
Registration Rates            Pre-Register*    On Site
Member $140 $240
Non-Member $190 $290
Panel Attorney $165 $265

*Prices effective through 5:00 pm on Friday, March 30, 2018

Registration cancellation policy: 
We must receive your written cancellation request via email to training@porac.org by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 30, 2018 to receive a refund.
  Doubletree Golf Resort
67967 Vista Chino
Cathedral City, CA
(844) 543-9184
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PORAC Hotel Rate
Resort fee includes On Site Parking and Guest Room WiFi
PORAC Room rate expires- March 24, 2018
*PORAC Symposium Overflow Hotel*
Saguaro Palm Springs
1800 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264
(760) 323-1711
Single/Double Rate: $123.00
Hotel will offer courtesy shuttle, based on availability to Doubletree Suites Palm Springs.
Attending this year's Symposium? Be sure to join us on Tuesday Evening for cocktails & small bites at the PORAC sponsored Networking for Professional Development Event. PORAC will be sponsoring a social networking event inside the Doubletree Hotel for registered attendees following the first day of Symposium topics. More info coming soon!

Pamela Reay
PORAC Training
4010 Truxel Road
Sacramento, CA 95834
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