2018 Municipal HR & Management Conference - Agenda

8:00 am:  Registration

8:45 am:  Welcome by Stephen W. Gove, Executive Director, Maine Municipal Association, and Nick Isgro, Mayor of Waterville

9:00 – 10:00 am:  Keynote Presentation: Positioning People to Excel
Session Summary: Every municipal leader wants people to work together to reduce stress – including the leader’s! How do you manage different people in a changing environment? Can you communicate with everyone using their individual strengths? This session, sprinkled with humor, will teach attendees about the essential tools for managing, leading and retaining good employees, improving communication and reducing stress.
Presenter:  Jim Mathis, author and motivational speaker
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Leadership category

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

10:15 – 11:15 am:  Block 1

Emerging Issue: Sexual Harassment
The last year or two have seen sexual harassment in the workplace take on new proportions, toppling leaders in business, the entertainment industry and federal government. How can municipal leaders and managers minimize the chances of this happening in their “shops,” without infringing on employees’ legal rights?
Presenters: Thad Zmistowski and Sarah Newell, Attorneys, Eaton Peabody 
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Human Resources and Legal categories

Recruiting the Future: Hometown Careers
Four months ago, Maine Municipal Association launched a major campaign to encourage young people and those considering career changes to consider careers in municipal government. At this session, attendees will hear an update about this campaign. You will be asked to offer feedback and talk about future efforts.
Presenters: Stephen W. Gove, Executive Director, Maine Municipal Association; Gina Tapp, Director of Human Resources, City of Portland
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Human Resources and Leadership categories

11:20 – 12:20 pm:  Block 2

Recognizing Signs of Employee Impairment  
The legalization of recreational marijuana use in Maine has brought new attention to an age-old problem, namely how managers and employers can look for signs that workers may be under the influence on the job. This session offers tips on warning signs, along with legal advice on how to approach the issue when it becomes necessary.
Presenters: Scot Mattox, former Portland Police Sergeant, Attorney and Owner, Dirigo Safety, LLC; Daniel Thompson, Firefighter, Town of Limington and Adjunct Instructor, Dirigo Safety, LLC
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Human Resources and Legal categories

Support Our Troops through USERRA
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act establishes rights and responsibilities for members of the National Guard and Reserve, and their employers. Come hear how the act works and how employees can support troops, while also managing their municipal workloads back home.
Presenter: Attorney Michael Stultz, MMA Legal Services Department
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Leadership and Human Resources categories

Quality Updates to MMA’s Salary Survey Tool
Maine Municipal Association’s online Municipal Salary Survey entered its third year in 2018, and we’ve made significant changes to make it more printer-friendly and easier to use. More than 210 municipalities enter data and use the survey each year. This is an incredibly valuable HR tool that you need to know more about!
Presenter: Holly Maki, Dynamic Benchmarking 
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Human Resources category

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

A Workforce Forecast: The Impact of a Rising Minimum Wage & Maine’s Aging Population
Chief Economist Glenn Mills will address the ripple effects felt through the municipal world as the minimum wage increases and employers increase salaries to meet it. His forecast will also shed light on Maine’s aging population – with many more people nearing retirement than young people who will be entering the workforce, municipalities will be faced with a more significant staffing challenge in the years ahead.
Glenn Mills, Chief Economist, Center for Workforce Research, Maine Department of Labor
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Human Resources category

Maine Veterans’ Services: Points of Access
Come and learn more about the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services mission, services and points of access that are available to veterans – including veterans whom you employ – in the State of Maine.  Learn how to effectively provide your employees or citizens with helpful assistance, how to refer them to the bureau and where to obtain useful information.
Presenter:  Adria Horn, Director, Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Human Resources category

Handling Employment Claims
Please join our expert speakers as they provide real-life case studies of actual employment claims, examining what was done, what could have been done better, the outcomes of the claims and why decisions were made to defend them or settle.
Presenters: Attorney Mark Franco, Drummond Woodsum; Colette Robbins, Senior P&C Claims Representatives, MMA Risk Management Services
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Human Resources and Legal categories

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

2:50 – 3:50 pm:  Block 4

Using Technology – In the Appropriate Ways
Technology is a wonderful gift (most of the time). It makes employees more productive, makes communication easier and often saves money. However, it also poses challenges, particularly in the area of inappropriate images and messages. How can municipal employers monitor technology use and step in when necessary?
Presenters: Mark A. Bower and Alyssa Tibbetts, Attorneys, Jensen Baird Gardner Henry, Portland  
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Human Resources and Legal categories

MainePERS: Times Are a Changin’
Employees who belong to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System – or are considering it - should not miss this important update from Executive Director Sandy Matheson, who will speak about changes to the plan, including whether MePERS employees can retire and then rejoin, or retire, return to work and not rejoin. Sandy also will provide other, more general, updates to this important retirement system.
Presenter:Sandra Matheson, Executive Director, Maine Public Employees Retirement System
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Human Resources category

How Full Is Your Bucket?
This workshop will reveal how even the briefest interactions affect your relationships, productivity, health, and happiness. Abby’s engaging presentation style will have participants laughing and learning how this simple approach can change your life and lead to better morale in your workplace.
Presenter: Abby DiPasquale, Health Promotion Coordinator, Maine Municipal Employees Health Trust 
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Leadership and Human Resources categories

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Questions / Contact Us


Contact Alicia Gaudet at: agaudet@memun.org
or 207-623-8428 

Mailing Address:
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60 Community Drive
Augusta, ME 04330

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