Workplace Bullying: The Next Harassment Claim?
Wednesday, 10:20 – 11:50 AM | Ferrante Room
More than a dozen states have considered anti-bullying laws in the past year that would allow litigants to pursue lost wages, benefits, and medical expenses, and compel employers to prevent an “abusive work environment.” While California waits for anti-bullying legislation, employees are beginning to file personnel complaints in growing numbers alleging intimidation and demeaning behavior by supervisors and co-workers, including verbal abuse, cyber abuse, threats, and defamation. How should HR professionals deal with these complaints? When do these complaints need to be investigated and what corrective action should be taken? Includes do’s and don’ts from the perspective of the employee, management, and investigator.
A Panel Discussion With The PERB General Counsel
Thursday 1:15 – 2:45 PM | Steinbeck Forum
Join us for a lively discussion with the PERB General Counsel, Suzanne Murphy. The panel will pose a number of questions that should help inform practitioners and parties in their interactions with PERB, including questions aimed at changes in procedures; preferences of the General Counsel’s Office; staffing and structure of PERB; new rules; new jurisdictional oversight over State Mediation; injunction procedures; trends; and related questions. This session will be fast paced and informative.
Factfinding And Interest Arbitration – Lessons Learned: An Arbitrator’s Perspective
Thursday 10:20 – 11:50 AM | Colton Room
Factfinding and interest arbitration may be new to some of us, but they’ve been around for decades in the public sector. From factfinding under the HEERA and EERA to interest arbitrations for charter agencies, these arbitrators have handled hearings under almost every kind of condition and have heard and seen it all. Under expert testimony from Jonathan Holtzman, you will hear how arbitrators weigh evidence and apply statutory criteria, the relative effectiveness of live testimony versus offers of proof, how to make the most persuasive case for policy considerations and fiscal responsibility, the importance of comparability surveys, and more.