2016 Keynote And General Sessions



Mike Robbins
Infusing Life And Business With Authenticity And Appreciation
Wednesday Morning Keynote Session

Mike Robbins is the author of three books, Focus On The Good Stuff, Be Yourself Everyone Else Is Already Taken, and, Nothing Changes Until You Do.  He’s a former pro baseball player whose playing career ended due to an injury.  For the past 15 years, he’s been a sought-after motivational speaker who delivers keynotes and seminars to groups of all kinds.  Some of his clients include Google, Wells Fargo, eBay, Schwab, Gap, and the San Francisco Giants.  He and his work have been featured in Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, as well as on ABC News and the Oprah radio network.  Since 2008 he has been a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and his books have been translated into 14 different languages.

M. Carol Stevens
Legal Trends 2016
Thursday Morning General Session

A popular CALPELRA tradition, M. Carol Stevens’ Legal Trends session is a substantive analysis of the past year’s arbitration and court decisions impacting California’s public agencies and a road map to legal and negotiation trends for the coming year. Carol will include practical solutions for implementing the new legal standards, and will identify risks to help you avoid the mistakes others have made.

Special Panel Presentation: A Late Breaking Challenge And A Penalty Shoot Out
Friday Morning General Session

This summer brought some interesting new challenges to labor relations and human resources professionals. Join us at this Friday morning special panel presentation and learn: (a) How to implement Flores v. San Gabriel, the recent 9th Circuit decision requiring that cash payment made in lieu of health benefits be included in the regular rate for overtime and other purposes; and (b) how to be successful when your negotiations involve an employee strike, including discussion of the Santa Clara County Superior Court Reporters strike. Panel members will discuss the law, procedures, and their experiences, and they will address questions submitted by Conference registrants.

Panel members include Joseph Wiley, Wiley Price & Radulovich, Gregg Adam, Messing Adam & Jasmine, Peter Brown, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, and Robert Wexler, Rains Lucia Stern. Moderated by M. Carol Stevens, CALPELRA Executive Director.

Conference registrants will have the opportunity to submit, in advance, questions for the panel members.