Civil Service Agenda

January 30, 2020

— Tentative Agenda —

Sessions and speakers are subject to change without notice. Please check the app for current updates.

TIME SESSION
6:00–9:00 a.m. Free Cooked-to-Order Breakfast
No matter what you’re craving for breakfast, Embassy Suites by Hilton San Marcos Hotel Conference Center & Spa offers more options for the most important meal of the day. Enjoy a made-to-order omelet made just the way you like it with your favorite fillings. Our San Marcos hotel features other fresh options — whether you prefer hearty items like breakfast potatoes, eggs and bacon or lighter choices like fruit, oatmeal and pastries. Or grab something quick and convenient if you need to eat and run. However you like to begin your morning, we’ve got what will hit the spot, with more than enough coffee and beverages to get the day started right.
Embassy Suites Atrium
8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Registration
Check in at registration desk when you arrive.
Permanent Registration Desk – Ballroom Foyer
9:00–9:15 a.m. Welcome and TMHRA Update

Speaker: TMHRA President, Chereé Bontrager, Assistant Director of Human Resources, City of Richardson
Veramendi Ballroom Salon E

9:15–10:30 a.m. KEYNOTE 

Strategic Partnerships Between Police, Fire, and Human Resources
Speakers: Derick Miller, Police Chief; Debbie Carpenter, Assistant Fire Chief and Samantha Dean, Workforce Services Director & Civil Service Director, City of Carrollton
Veramendi Ballroom Salon E

10:30–11:00 a.m. Networking/Refreshment Break
Veramendi Ballroom Salons A-D Foyer
11:00–12:15 p.m. KEYNOTE 

New Workers Compensation Presumption Legislation including Potential Media Fallout

Speakers: Stuart Colburn, Shareholder, and Pamela Pierce, Shareholder, Downs Stafford P.C.
Veramendi Ballroom Salon E

12:15–1:30 p.m. Lunch Provided
Spring Lake Ballroom
1:30–2:30 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Track I

Meet & Confer, Collective Bargaining, and Civil Service Local Rules: Best Practices

Speakers: George Hyde, Attorney, Russell Rodriguez Hyde & Bullock, LLP and TML Board Representative Tadd Phillips, HR Director, City of Georgetown
Veramendi Ballroom Salons A-D

Track II

City of Grand Prairie Case Study: Establishing Assessment Centers

Speaker:  Steve Dye, Deputy City Manager and Chief of Police, and Lisa J. Norris, SHRM-SCP, Human Resources/Civil Service Director, City of Grand Prairie
Veramendi Ballroom Salon E

2:30–3:00 p.m. Networking/Refreshment Break
3:00-4:00 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Track I

Civil Service 101 – Back to the Basics

Speaker: Ricardo  J. Navarro, Managing Partner Rio Grande Valley Office, Denton Navarro Rocha Bernal & Zech, P.C.
Veramendi Ballroom Salons A-D

Track II

Civil Service Commission Roles and  Responsibilities

Speaker: Bettye Lynn, Attorney,  Lynn Law, PLLC and Lisa J. Norris, SHRM-SCP, Human Resources/Civil Service Director, City of Grand Prairie
Veramendi Ballroom Salon E

4:00–5:30 p.m. Civil Service Reception

Networking and Refreshments
Spring Lake Ballrooms Salons A-B

January 31, 2020

— Tentative Agenda —

Sessions and speakers are subject to change without notice. Please check the app for current updates.

TIME SESSION
6:00–9:00 a.m. Free Cooked-to-Order Breakfast
No matter what you’re craving for breakfast, Embassy Suites by Hilton San Marcos Hotel Conference Center & Spa offers more options for the most important meal of the day. Enjoy a made-to-order omelet made just the way you like it with your favorite fillings. Our San Marcos hotel features other fresh options – whether you prefer hearty items like breakfast potatoes, eggs and bacon or lighter choices like fruit, oatmeal and pastries. Or grab something quick and convenient if you need to eat and run. However you like to begin your morning, we’ve got what will hit the spot, with more than enough coffee and beverages to get the day started right.
Embassy Suites Atrium
8:30–9:45 a.m. Legal Update

Bettye will present her annual survey of Chapter 143 Civil Service developments. She will focus on recent court and hearing examiner decisions that have resulted in new and interesting developments of interest to all civil service practitioners. Bettye will also be providing suggestions to all involved in the civil service disciplinary process on how to avoid the pitfalls of the “gotcha cards” that representatives of disciplined employees have begun unleashing on unwary management officials.

Speaker: Bettye Lynn, Attorney,  Lynn Law, PLLC
Veramendi Ballroom Salons A-E

9:45–10:15 a.m. Networking Break
Veramendi Ballroom Salon E Foyer
10:15–11:45 a.m. Legal  Update Continued
Veramendi Ballroom Salons A-E
11:45 a.m. Adjourn