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File #: 15-0829    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 6/22/2015 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 7/14/2015 Final action: 7/14/2015
Title: Human Resources recommending the Board approve and authorize the Chair to sign Agreement No. 057-S1611 with Valentina Reiner, doing business as The Law Offices of Valentina Reiner to provide professional employment legal services, including but not limited to, investigations, trainings and services related to other various employment relations subjects as requested by Human Resources, for the period of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018, for a total not to exceed amount of $300,000. FUNDING: General Fund.
Attachments: 1. A - Approved Blue Route - Agm No. 057-S1611 7-14-15, 2. B - Agm No. 057-S1611 7-14-15, 3. Executed Agmt. 7-14-15 item 13.pdf
Related files: 18-0953
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Human Resources recommending the Board approve and authorize the Chair to sign Agreement No. 057-S1611 with Valentina Reiner, doing business as The Law Offices of Valentina Reiner to provide professional employment legal services, including but not limited to, investigations, trainings and services related to other various employment relations subjects as requested by Human Resources, for the period of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018, for a total not to exceed amount of $300,000.

FUNDING: General Fund.
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DEPARTMENT RECOMMENDATION
The Board is being asked to 1) Make findings that it is more feasible and economical to engage an outside Attorney for the provision of professional employment legal services, including but not limited to, investigations, trainings and services related to other various employment relations subjects as requested by Human Resources, in accordance with Ordinance 3.13.040; and 2) Approve and authorize the Chair to sign Agreement No. 057-S1611.

DISCUSSION / BACKGROUND
Human Resources receives complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment and retaliation by County employees. When appropriate, the department has contracted with outside vendors to provide unbiased investigations of the complaints filed. The County has, for several years, contracted for the services of The Law Offices of Valentina Reiner for professional employment legal services. Ms. Reiner conducts thorough investigations and provides detailed, professional reports. The Human Resources Department and County Counsel have been very satisfied with her work.

Pursuant to Board Policy C-17, Section 7.11, an outside review of the scope of services and consultant's professional qualifications was performed by qualified individuals outside of Human Resources.

ALTERNATIVES
N/A

OTHER DEPARTMENT / AGENCY INVOLVEMENT
N/A

CAO RECOMMENDATION
Approve and authorize the Chair to sign the Agreement.

FINANCIAL IMPACT
There is no change in Net County Cost. Funding for...

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