Special Subject Labor Relations Academy

Negotiating Affordable Care Act Issues
(formerly Academy 10)

Updated ACA Webinar To Be Offered

CALPELRA will be presenting an updated ACA Webinar. See below for a description of CALPELRA's popular ACA Webinar Academy training from 2013, and watch for future information about the updated Webinar.

The Program

Complying with the Affordable Care Act requires negotiations about mandatory subjects within the scope of bargaining, including an agency’s discretionary decisions and the impact of non-negotiable decisions. This training specifically focuses on the practical implementation of the ACA from the perspective of the labor relations professional and management negotiation team members. To successfully make the health care transition required by the ACA, all members of an agency’s negotiating team, especially the labor relations specialist, must understand the key elements of the ACA and what is negotiable.

This three-part live video Webinar includes:

  • Identifying and understanding the key elements of the ACA and the required employer actions.

  • Analyzing the ACA’s impact on the duty to bargain, scope of mandatory subjects, impact bargaining issues, waiver, and reopening issues.

  • Analyzing the ACA’s impact on other areas such as part-time, seasonal, and temporary representation rights and other unit determination issues.

  • Understanding the duty to bargain about and responding to 15 labor relations issues.

  • Internal agency coordination problems, including special issues involving existing joint union- management benefits committees.

CALPELRA will provide participants with the opportunity to submit questions prior to and during each Webinar part.


This Academy is taught by established, highly-rated trainers:

  • William F. Kay

    CALPELRA Academy Creator and Co-Director

  • Tom Morrison

    Segal Consulting, Senior Vice President

  • Doug McKeever

    CalPERS, Chief, Health Policy Research Division

  • Tom Sher

    Alliant Insurance Services, Inc., First Vice President

  • M. Carol Stevens

    CALPELRA Executive Director

Who Should Attend?

  • Negotiators and labor relations professionals.

  • Budget and finance professionals responsible for analyzing negotiation costs.

  • HR directors responsible for advising policy makers on the impact and policy options related to the ACA.

  • Anyone responsible for giving represented employees notice and opportunity to bargain over decisions or impacts within the scope of bargaining.

  • Legal counsel who provide legal guidance on labor relations, human resources, and/or policy matters.

  • Benefits/risk management professionals who must identify matters within the scope of bargaining.

Training Materials

While each part of this three-part Academy will include some practical materials, only registrants for the full three-part Academy will be eligible to download all the practical materials:

  • Resolution sample.

  • Implementation timeline.

  • Wellness Program regulations.

  • Relevant federal regulations.

  • PowerPoint slides (agencies can customize and use to inform policy makers).

  • Duty to bargain chart.

Registration Fees

Register for all three parts of the Webinar for one low rate of $210 per connection, or register for a single part at $99 per connection. Agencies are encouraged to register for one connection and have multiple employees participate in a group setting. We recommend projecting the Webinar so that all can see and using speakers so that all can hear. Note: While each part of the three-part Webinar will include some practical materials, you must register and complete the entire three-part Webinar to be eligible to download all the practical materials.

Academy 10 Cancellation / Refund Policy

If you register for Academy 10 at the three-part rate of $210 and you are unable to participate in any of the three Academy parts, CALPELRA will not refund your registration fees and will not allow you to apply those fees to another event.

If you register for a single part of the three-part Webinar at the single-part rate of $99, CALPELRA will not refund your registration fees for cancellations. Single-part registration fees paid may, however, be applied to another CALPELRA event or activity within one year of cancelled activity; all requests for transfer of registration fees must be made in writing. If you cancel your registration after the cutoff date, you will forfeit your registration fees, and you may not apply them to a later Academy. Please see the Academy schedule for cancellation cutoff dates.

Training Certification And Credits

  • CALPELRA certification

  • MCLE for California attorneys

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