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Training

On-site client training is another way our attorneys share best practices, help clients reduce liability and risk of litigation, and provide important updates on laws and regulations that affect our clients’ daily operations and strategic planning. Below are descriptions of a few of our most popular training programs. For more information about our training services or to schedule a training program, please send an email to info@meyersnave.com. In addition to on-site client training, Meyers Nave provides an extensive range of webinars. Please visit our Webinars page to review upcoming webinars and select from many previously recorded webinars.

AB 1234
In response to Assembly Bill No. 1234, which was signed by the Governor in 2005 and mandates ethics trainings to local agency officials every two years, Meyers Nave developed a training module that we can provide to public agencies. The two-hour presentation covers responsibilities of officials, proper use and safeguarding of agency property and resources, conflict of interest, gift of public funds, financial interest disclosure, due process requirements, incompatible offices and the Brown Act.

AB 1825 and 2053
Since 2004, California employers with 50 or more employees have been required to provide two hours of sexual harassment training and education to all supervisory employees within the first six months of the employee’s assumption of a supervisory role. Further, covered employers must provide ongoing sexual harassment prevention training every two years. The training must include information and practical guidance regarding the federal and state statutory provisions concerning the prohibition, prevention, correction and remedying of sexual harassment in employment. It must also include practical examples aimed at instructing supervisors in the prevention of harassment, discrimination and retaliation. Effective January 1, 2015, these employers have an additional responsibility. Governor Brown signed AB 2053 into law on September 9, 2014, mandating that covered employers add “abusive conduct” (anti-bullying) training into their sexual harassment training curriculum. Meyers Nave offers training that fully complies with the requirements of AB 1825 and 2053. We also provide a train-the-trainer component for employers who want to handle training of future supervisors internally.

Labor and Employment
Our training sessions for managers, supervisors and overall staff provide attendees with the information and skills they need to immediately apply in the workplace. Our most popular workshops include effective discipline; hiring practices; avoiding workplace harassment and discrimination; compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act; and accommodating, administering and evaluating medical leaves.

Implicit/Unconscious Bias
Many organizations are undertaking initiatives to increase workforce diversity. Despite well-intended programs, many sectors of the economy continue to report limited improvement. Recent research identifies that a primary obstacle is implicit, or subconscious, bias – employees’ prejudices and behaviors, individually and in group settings, which often are not self-recognized yet negatively impact colleagues. Our training provides employers with what they need to know about implicit bias – how to identify it, manage it, investigate it, craft appropriate responses and minimize negative impacts. It is imperative for employers to understand from experts how to investigate a complaint involving implicit bias that will withstand scrutiny from the judicial system and public opinion.

California Public Records Act
Meyers Nave attorneys serve as strategic partners with our clients in creating the best strategies for balancing the spirit of openness with the need for the efficient and effective functioning of government. Our proactive approach focuses on training clients on the intricate steps involved in both evaluating and responding to records requests. Meyers Nave’s training program covers critical issues such as the duty to respond, timing of the response, types of responses, assisting the requester and redacting records. Participants of our Public Records Act training develop a firm grasp of how to review and analyze public records requests, make initial determinations about those records within the scope of the Act and recognize when statutory exemptions might apply. Our goal is to help clients become self-sufficient with standard protocols and procedures for handling records requests.

Brown Act and Conflicts Training
Our attorneys provide comprehensive training regarding the Brown Act and compliance with key conflicts laws.

The Brown Act: The principle of open meetings seems simple, yet the application of the law can be quite complex. The intricacies of the Brown Act provide important, yet often confusing guidelines. The Meyers Nave training program covers the law’s key components: (1) Agenda – development, posting, distribution, content and restrictions, (2) Meeting – definition of meetings, meeting locations and public participation, (3) Closed sessions – permissible topics, confidentiality and notice; and (4) Penalties and remedies for violations.

Conflicts Laws: Conflict-of-interest laws are grounded on the notion that government officials owe paramount loyalty to the public, and that personal or private financial considerations on the part of government officials should not enter the decision-making process. The goal of Meyers Nave’s training program is to assist clients in complying with California’s conflict of interest laws so situations can be monitored and avoided. The training covers the Political Reform Act of 1974 and Government Code Section 1090.