Art Hartinger and Dane Hutchings to Present on Independent Contractors at League City Managers Conference

RPLG Founding Partner Art Hartinger.


RPLG Founding Partner Art Hartinger and Renne Public Policy Group (RPPG) Director, Government Affairs Dane Hutchings will provide insight on pensions and independent contractors at the 2020 League of California Cities City Managers Conference, which will take place from February 5-7 at the Meritage Resort in Napa.

The annual City Managers Conference brings together hundreds of city managers and county chief administrative officers to further their professional development, discuss timely issues and learn about new products, services and technologies to take back to their cities.


RPPG Director, Government Affairs Dane Hutchings

Mr. Hartinger and Mr. Hutching’s presentation, “Independent Contractors and CalPERS: How to Prepare, What to Avoid,” will explore the regulations and intricacies surrounding the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) classification of independent contractors as common-law employees in the wake of AB 5, which leaves employers liable for their retirement benefits. Bringing their experience litigating this issue before CalPERS, the pair will share their understanding of applicable policy and legislative trends as well as how to flag independent contractors that are at risk of being classified as an employee. They will present from 9:00-10:15 a.m. on Thursday, February 6.

“In the wake of AB 5, it’s essential for city managers to have a strong understanding of potential pension obligations to reclassified independent contractors,” said Mr. Hartinger. “Dane and I are looking forward to sharing our insights and connecting with city managers from across the state up in Napa.”

RPLG, a Silver-Level Partner of the League of California Cities, will have a number of attorneys in Napa during the conference. Founding Partners Louise RenneJon Holtzman and Teresa Stricker and Partner Linda Ross from RPLG, as well as RPLG.Solutions Principal Bill Lindsay, RPLG.Solutions Consultant Bruce Rudd and RPPG Legislative Assistant Madeline E. Cline, will attend various conference sessions, the Cal-ICMA dinner and the California City Management Foundation dinner.

RPLG practices throughout California, advising and advocating for public agencies, nonprofit entities, individuals and private entities in need of effective, responsible and creative legal solutions.