The Rights of Police Officers 2019

June 12-14, 2019
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Flamingo Las Vegas




    June 12, 2019

    9:00 am – Recent Developments In Law Enforcement Labor Issues

    Recent developments from around the country in the area of public safety labor relations.

    • The aftermath of the Janus decision, and strategies taken by unions and employers in right-to-work environments.
    • A review of national trends on wages and benefits, the
    • impact on wages as a result of the national police recruiting crisis, and the evolution of thinking on police-fire parity.
    • Body camera issues, whether body camera policies are negotiable, and what the evidence is showing how body
    • cameras influence (if at all) metrics, such as the use of force, citizen complaints, and officer injuries.
    • Physical fitness standards, conflicting decisions from the courts as to what types are permissible.

    Will Aitchison.

    11:00 am – GarrityBradyMirandaWeingarten, and Loudermill

    • The five essential rules of disciplinary procedure, and where and how they apply.
    • The Garrity Rule in internal affairs investigations, critical incidents, and day-to-day interactions between management
    • and labor.
    • The national pushback against what are perceived to be the overly harsh interpretations of Brady, and how police administrators, the courts, arbitrators, and state legislatures
    • have altered decision-making on dishonesty issues.
    • The right to representation under the Weingarten Rule, and whether witnesses have the right to representation in internal affairs interviews. What the union representative can and cannot say and do when representing a member.

    Will Aitchison.

    12:00 pm – Lunch (Included in registration)

    1:00 pm – GarrityBrady, continued from the morning session.

    2:00 pm – The Fair Labor Standards Act

    • A review of FLSA litigation involving numerous law enforcement agencies.
    • How the Department of Labor’s rules affect the standards regarding whether supervisors are excluded from FLSA
    • coverage.
    • Liability for standby and on-call status.
    • Compensation for off-duty training.
    • The status of time worked in a police academy.
    • Canine programs.
    • Calculation of the overtime rate.

    Will Aitchison.

    4:00 pm – Adjournment

    4:15 pm – Hosted Reception

    June 13, 2019

    9:00 am – Just Cause For Discipline, And The Particular Issue Of Social Media

    • A review of the 12 tests for just cause for disciplinary action.
    • Progressive discipline, mitigating circumstances, and the employer’s burden of proof in discipline cases.
    • The need for clarity in an employer’s rules.
    • The “disparate treatment” defense, and the relevance of past practice in similar cases.
    • The emerging rules of discipline for off-duty and on-duty use of social media. Labor board decisions on the potentially protected status of social media communication.

    Anil Karia.

    12:00 pm – Lunch (Included in registration)

    1:00 pm – Collective Bargaining

    • The topics which are mandatory for negotiation.
    • Strategies and tactics for negotiations. How to prepare, the
    • composition of the bargaining team, and the development of
    • negotiation themes.
    • The scope of a union’s duty of fair representation, and when and how a union may be obligated to consider representing either a member of a non-member.
    • The most common employer and union unfair labor practices.
    • Discrimination on the basis of union activity.

    Ben Albrecht.

    4:00 pm – Adjournment

    June 14, 2019

    8:30 am – Freedom Of Speech And The Right To Privacy

    • A police officer’s freedom of speech and privacy rights.
    • A review of the trends with respect to such issues as drug testing, residency rules, sick leave confinement policies, speech criticizing the performance of the department or its supervisors.
    • Political activities by police officers.

    Mark Meyerhoff.

    11:30 am – Adjournment


    Hotel And Travel

    The Flamingo Las Vegas

    3555 Las Vegas Blvd South
    Las Vegas, NV 89109
    702-733-3111 • 800-732-2111


    The LINQ Hotel 
    3535 Las Vegas Blvd South
    (702) 369-5162 • (888) 458-8471

    To make reservations, please visit https://aws.passkey.com/go/SFROP9 or call the hotel directly and request the group rate for this seminar. (There is a $15 fee for telephone reservations). For the Flamingo, use Group Code SFROP9. Room rates Tuesday through Thursday nights are $73 per night, plus a $30 per room, per night resort fee and 13.38% tax. Rates Friday and Saturday nights are $160 plus resort fee and tax. For the LINQ, use Group Code SQROP9. Room rates Tuesday through Thursday nights are $69 per night, plus a $30 per room, per night resort fee and 13.38% tax. Rates Friday and Saturday nights are $160 plus resort fee and tax.

    A limited number of rooms are available at these rates on Friday and Saturday nights, so book early if you plan to stay over. Reservations must be made by May 13, 2019. Reservations received after this date will be on a space-available basis only and at the prevailing rate. Because of the heavy tourist activity in Las Vegas any time of the year, be sure to make your reservation before May 13.


    Will Aitchison
    Mr. Aitchison is a Portland, OR attorney who has, over the course of his career, represented over 100 law enforcement and firefighter labor organizations in five western states. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. and is the author of several books on public sector labor matters, including The Rights of Law Enforcement Officers (7th Edition), and The Rights of Firefighters (4th Edition).

    Ben Albrecht
    Mr. Albrecht is a partner with the Columbus, Ohio firm of Fishel Hass Kim Albrecht Downey, LLP. He received his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Ben advises cities, townships, counties, and public officials throughout Ohio on all labor and employment law issues. He represents clients in contract negotiations, mediation, conflict resolution, arbitrations and before various administrative agencies. Mr. Albrecht has conducted numerous seminars for clients and associations regarding various topics including unlawful discrimination and harassment, social media, collective bargaining, performance evaluations and discipline.

    Anil Karia
    Mr. Karia is a lawyer with the Public Safety Labor Group in Portland, Oregon. He specializes in representing public safety labor organizations, including the Portland Police Association, in all aspects of their labor relations. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law.

    Mark Meyerhoff
    Mr. Meyerhoff is an attorney in the Los Angeles, California office of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore. The firm specializes in representing management interests in public sector labor relations. He advises and represents clients in all aspects of employment and labor relations matters, such as discipline and termination arbitrations and hearings, state and federal court actions involving civil rights, Public Safety Officer Procedural Bill of Rights issues, and harassment and discrimination charges. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Loyola Law School.


    P.O.S.T. Certification
    Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) credits may be available on a state-by-state basis. If you would like more information on your state, please contact Seminar Coordinator Claire Cowan at (503) 282-5440 or Claire@LRIS.com prior to the seminar.

    Continuing Legal Education Certification
    LRIS has been approved as a CLE provider by the State Bar of California. This program will qualify for 12.5 hours of MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. If you require certification from any other state, please contact Seminar Coordinator Claire Cowan at (503) 282-5440 or Claire@LRIS.com prior to the seminar.


    Registration fees are $795 per person; $645 per person if three or more attend from the same organization. Registration fees include attendance, lunch on the first two days of the seminar, all seminar materials, and a hospitality reception on the first evening.


    Each attendee will receive a copy of The Rights of Law Enforcement Officers (7th Ed.) by Will Aitchison and a notebook containing extensive written materials pertaining to each of the subjects addressed.


    eservations may be canceled up to ten days prior to the seminar with a full refund. Cancellations made within ten days are subject to a $150 fee. Substitutions may be made at any time.

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