Municipal HR and Management Conference

2019 Municipal HR & Management Conference - Agenda

8:00 am:  Registration

8:45 am:  Welcome by Stephen W. Gove, Executive Director, Maine Municipal Association

9:00 – 10:00 am:  Keynote Presentation

A Coaching Life: How to Connect With Young People – and Win! 
It’s hard to think of anyone who has recruited more young people – professional staff and student-athletes – to Maine in recent years than this year’s keynote speaker, Jack Cosgrove. The former University of Maine head football coach (and quarterback), currently head coach at Colby College, will talk about connecting with young professionals and college students, amplifying your community’s strengths and getting people to perform at the highest levels once they come on board. Please join Jack Cosgrove for this upbeat assessment. Learn how to reach out to tomorrow’s leaders – and still win today.

Presenter:  Jack Cosgrove, Head Football Coach, Colby College
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Leadership category

10:00 – 10:15 am:  Break/Visit with Sponsors

10:15 – 11:15 am:  Block 1

True Colors
This interactive class will allow you to learn more about yourself, your family members and your co-workers by answering these questions:  Why do you handle things the way you do at work, at home, and in relationships? How does the color of your personality affect the way you interact with others? What are your strengths, habits, likes, dislikes, working styles, and hidden talents?

Presenter: Abby DiPasquale, Health Promotion Coordinator, Maine Municipal Employees Health Trust
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Leadership and Human Resources categories

Recruiting and Retaining First Responders
It’s no secret that recruiting local paramedics, EMTs and firefighters is difficult today. Yet, no one doubts the importance of these critical safety positions. Professionals in this line of work can literally make a difference between life and death. Attendees at this session will learn what is required for people to enter the EMS and fire service fields, what ongoing training is required, what training assistance is available – and, why being a first responder still remains a valuable, and rewarding, public-service career.

Presenters: Fire Chief John Duross, City of Saco and President, Maine Fire Chiefs’ Association; Fire Chief Thomas Higgins, City of Bangor and 2nd Vice President & Professional Development Committee Chair, Maine Fire Chiefs’ Association; Fire Chief Scott Susi, City of Caribou and Board Member, Maine Fire Chiefs’ Association; Fire Chief Darrell White, City of Presque Isle and 1st Vice President, Maine Fire Chiefs’ Association
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Leadership, Human Resources and Finance/Budget categories

Recruiting Dos in Today’s Tough Market
Frustrated with your current employee recruitment strategies? We all know how hard it’s been to recruit people to certain positions in municipal government. Come and learn effective ways to reach talent using current marketing strategies and techniques.

Presenters: Rachel Knight and Richard Dyer, Destination Occupation
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Leadership and Human Resources categories

11:20 – 12:20 pm:  Block 2

Employee Accommodation and Leave: Assessing the Tough Issues
Fixed vs. estimated return-to-work dates, undue hardship, alternatives to leave, attendance as an essential function, the interplay between third-party leave administrators and employers, how much inconvenience is too much, extending leave beyond FMLA, disparate treatment of leave requests, proving reasonableness, reinstatement rights and more all-present vexing questions that come up in real life and in the cases. Navigating the Americans with Disabilities Act and other intersecting statutory frameworks, understanding the rights and obligations at play and advising clients can be challenging, to say the least. This session will explore recent developments in case law and real world examples from the workplace.

Presenter: Mark Franco, Attorney, Drummond Woodsum
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Legal, Human Resources and Ethics categories

Wage & Hour Pitfalls: Common Mistakes Municipalities Should Avoid
The U.S. and Maine Departments of Labor will join to address wage and hour mistakes for municipalities to avoid. The presenters will review common issues with volunteers, hours worked, overtime calculations, and exemptions. They will also address certain aspects of the law that pertain specifically to public agencies, such as compensatory time, employees working for two agencies, and different exceptions that may pertain to employees engaged in fire suppression or law enforcement activities.

Presenters: Scott Cotnoir, Wage & Hour Director, Maine Department of Labor; Steven McKinney, Community Outreach & Resource Planning Specialist, U.S. Department of Labor

MTCMA Certification – 1 point Human Resources and Finance/Budget categories

How Employers Can Help Workers with the Cost of College
These days the cost of higher education and student loan indebtedness dominate the national discussion about college affordability and the value of a college education. Learn what you can do to support your employees who deal with the stress of paying back student loans, look to continue their own higher education, and/or prepare to finance a child’s education after high school. FAME will review resources available to help pay for higher education, ways that employers can assist employees with the cost of higher education and student loan debt management. We’ll also discuss how to feature this assistance as you look to recruit and retain talented individuals to your organization.

Presenter: Martha Johnston, Director of Education, Finance Authority of Maine
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Human Resources and Finance/Budget categories

12:20 – 1:20 pm:  Lunch
– cafeteria style, “picnic” stations, can sit in cafeteria or outside

1:20 – 1:30 p.m. Break/Visit with Sponsors

1:30 – 2:30 pm:  Block 3

Enhancing Your Change Agility
Change is inevitable, but there are skills you can hone that will help you adapt more readily during times of change. Join Ann Burrill with Androscoggin Bank as she helps you identify triggers that influence your adaptability to change, improve your change agility and create action plans to assist yourself and others with transitions during organizational change.

Presenter: Ann Burrill, VP, Learning & Development, Androscoggin Bank
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Leadership and Human Resources categories

Avoiding Disability Discrimination Claims 
Find out what you, as employers, need to know about discrimination, retaliation and Whistleblower laws. Sarah Newell and Ryan Dumais from Eaton Peabody will provide you with an overview of federal and state protections and exceptions. They will also cover the protected classes included in the law for purposes of sex discrimination, race discrimination and the creation of hostile work environments. And most importantly for any employer, they will cover the top five strategies for avoiding lawsuits.

Presenters: Sarah Newell and Ryan Dumais, Attorneys, Eaton Peabody
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Legal, Human Resources and Ethics categories

Thinking Outside the Box – Recruiting & Retaining Talent in a Red-Hot Economy
Attracting, recruiting and retaining talent in this tight-as-ever labor market takes some creative thinking and work. David Ciullo, CEO of Career Management Associates, will discuss how to rethink your recruiting and retention efforts to help you become a more desirable employer. David will provide tips on how to differentiate yourself from other employers and explore the idea of job flexibility.

Presenter: David Ciullo, CEO, Career Management Associates
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Leadership and Human Resources categories

2:30 – 2:45 pm:  Break/Visit with Sponsors

2:50 – 3:50 pm:  Block 4

Enhancing Your Change Agility – cont’d

Presenter: Ann Burrill, VP, Learning & Development, Androscoggin Bank
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Leadership and Human Resources categories

Municipal Leadership: How to Achieve Results When Your Teammates Can Tackle You
Local government leadership, regardless of the role, requires a different set of skills than private or non-profit leadership. The technical skills to manage a department or community is not enough to achieve success. This session will provide attendees insight and valuable lessons to avoid being tackled. A seasoned veteran City Manager who has served several communities throughout the state,  will share his insight - including the ones he learned the hard way – that will increase your (and your community’s) success.

Presenter: Jim Bennett, City Manager, City of Biddeford
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Leadership category

Hometown Careers: Summary and Update
Come hear more about MMA’s Hometown Careers project, which was launched more than two years ago to help towns and cities recruit employees across many important professional fields. Presenters will explain the reason behind the project, the results to date and how it has spurred some young people to consider careers that they’d never thought of before.

Presenters: Stephen Gove, Executive Director, MMA; Eric Conrad, Director of Communication & Educational Services, MMA; Ben Thomas, Website and Social Media Editor, MMA; Victoria Forkus, Town Manager, Town of Jackman
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Human Resources category

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