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CalPERS Proposes Conflict Of Interest Disclosure Regulation

CalPERS recently gave notice that it is proposing to adopt a new rule requiring disclosure of conflicts of interests by consultants and external managers. Under the California Administrative Procedure Act, Cal. Gov’t Code §...more

Should Corporations Conserve Water Because A Shareholder Believes It’s The Right Thing To Do?

Last month, the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) sent a letter to its California real estate and private equity managers asking that they take a number of steps to conserve water. I found CalPERS’...more

Oops! CalPERS Reportedly Violates Insider Trading Policy Again

Jon Ortiz, who writes The State Worker blog for The Sacramento Bee, recently reported that the California Public Employees Retirement System has again violated its insider trading policy by purchasing shares in an initial...more

CalPERS May Calculate Retirement Benefits for a City Council Member Separately From His Benefits as a City Employee

A city administrator-turned-elected city council member believed his retirement benefits would be based on his highest salary multiplied by all his years of service, including his years on the city council; however CalPERS...more

BB&K's Isabel Safie Discusses the Implications of IRS’ Definition of Governmental Plan Status [Video]

The IRS’ proposed rules to determine governmental plan status are impacting public agencies looking to join a CalPERS benefit plan....more

CalPERS Clarifies Rules for Hiring Retirees

Long-Awaited Guidance Details Requirements for Employing CalPERS Retirees - The rules on employing retirees of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) have been subject to numerous changes in the...more

California Highway Patrol Officer Who Cannot Perform Activities Required Of All Officers Is Entitled To Disability Benefits Even...

A California Court of Appeal has found that the Board of Administration of the California Public Employees' Retirement System ("CalPERS") erred when it denied a California Highway Patrol ("CHP") officer disability benefits...more

CalPERS’ Offbeat Personal Trading Policy

Yesterday’s post discussed a news report of an SEC inquiry into insider trading by CalPERS. Rather than being abashed by this news, CalPERS responded by congratulating itself on having implemented a personal trading policy....more

USGBC-NCC Launches Building Health Initiative

The U.S. Green Building Council-Northern California Chapter (USGBC-NCC), part of the organization responsible for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rankings, recently launched the Building Health...more

California State Employee To Be Paid More Than $800,000

It’s Good Work, If You Can Get It According to a story by Michael D. Morois, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System recently doubled bonuses to its staff, paying an aggregate of $7.7 million to some 130...more

CalPERS Files Amicus Brief In Titanomachy With San Bernardino

In its filing, CalPERS outlines why the 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects State agencies, like the Pension Fund, from being haled into federal court against their will by a municipality, which is a creation of...more

Differing Perspectives On The SEC’s Proposed CEO Pay Ratio Rule And Who Speaks For CalPERS?

Last Wednesday, a divided Securities and Exchange Commission issued proposed amendments to Item 402 of Regulation S-K. Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act required the SEC to amend...more

Are These Trips Truly “Mission Critical”?

Last September, I wrote to CalPERS’ Chief Executive Officer to express my concern about travel by CalPERS’ executives. I noted that Governor Brown had issued Executive Order B-06-011 banning both in-state and out-of-state...more

CalPERS’ Warning Of Chill Goes Unheeded

Last November, Judge James P. Kleinberg of the Santa Clara Superior Court in San Jose, California ruled on motions for summary judgment in a case brought by former employees of a management company that had been retained by...more

San Bernardino Wins Its Eligibility Fight

The Chapter 9 case of the city of San Bernardino, California will proceed. After a year in limbo and a spirited fight from the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), San Bernardino was finally able to win a...more

San Bernardino Wins Its Eligibility Fight

The Chapter 9 case of the city of San Bernardino, California will proceed. After a year in limbo and a spirited fight from the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), San Bernardino was finally able to win a...more

CalPERS Officials Travel The World Despite Executive Order

Two years ago and in light of a daunting structural budget deficit, Governor Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-06-011. His order banned both in-state and out-of-state travel by government agencies unless it was “mission...more

Court Of Chancery Finds CalPERS Breached Implied Covenant Of Good Faith And Fair Dealing

In a 108-page post-trial order issued a few weeks ago, Vice Chancellor Leo E. Strine, Jr. dealt a major blow to the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), Senior Housing Capital, LLC v. SHP Senior Housing...more

Senior Housing Capital, LLC v. SHP Senior Housing Fund, LLC, C.A. No. 4586-CS (Del. Ch. May 13, 2013) (Strine, C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery awarded the plaintiff substantial payments, pre-judgment interest and attorneys’ fees and costs. Plaintiffs, entities that managed and invested in a fund that owned...more

“If there be nothing new, but that which is hath been before . . .”

The California General Corporation Law has imposes a single qualification to serve as a director – the person must be a “natural person”. Cal. Corp. Code § 164. Nevada’s for-profit corporation law adds the additional...more

The Stockton Saga Continues: Untouchable Pensions on the Chopping Block?

Judge Christopher M. Klein's decision to accept the City of Stockton's petition for bankruptcy on April 1, 2013 set the stage for a battle over whether public workers' pensions can be reduced through municipal reorganization....more

CalPERS Releases Estimates on New Actuarial Policies’ Impact on Employer Contribution Rates - Projected Rate Increases are Tied to...

This past Friday, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) released Circular Letter 200-019-13 which estimates the increase to employer contribution rates for fiscal years 2015/2016 – 2019/2020 based on...more

Law Mandates CalPERS/CalSTRS Support For Shareholder Resolutions Supporting Religious Minorities

In 1999, the legislature enacted SB 105 (Burton) which obligates CalPERS and CalSTRS to support, whenever feasible, shareholder resolutions at domestic and international corporations in which those funds have invested that...more

CalPERS Adopts Actuarial Policies That Will Increase Employer Contributions - Estimates Suggest That Employer Contributions Will...

On Wednesday, the Board of Administration of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) approved new actuarial policies that will have a significant impact on participating employers. The policies are...more

Judge Rules In Favor Of Stockton And Accepts Chapter 9 Petition

Round one of the fight between the City of Stockton, California and its creditors is finally over. On April 1, 2013, Bankruptcy Judge Christopher M. Klein held that Stockton satisfied the eligibility requirements for a...more

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