December 5, 2018 -- Partner Colin J. Tanner and Senior Associate Michael Huston will be speakers at the 2018 CALPELRA Annual Conference being held December 5-7, 2018 at the Portola Hotel & Spa, Monterey, California. Mr. Tanner and Mr. Huston will be speaking on the topic “Navigating The CalPERS Administrative Appeals Process.” The presentation will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm.
In this session you'll learn about the basic requirements and procedures of the CalPERS administrative appeals process, and best practices for preparing for such appeals before they begin. CalPERS frequently directs agencies to take actions that may have long-term and significant impacts on employee benefits and, in some cases, would require altering negotiated MOU terms. Knowing early in the process whether an administrative appeal may be possible, how to initiate an appeal, and taking initial steps to prepare for the appeal can go long way toward being successful in an appeal. Know how to effectively research the disputed issue to understand how CalPERS has previously handled similar cases, to create a supporting record for appeal during correspondence with CalPERS staff regarding the disputed issue, and to effectively involve any impacted employee organizations or individual employees in the appeal. This session broadly applies to a wide range of CalPERS topics.