TxPELRA Agenda – 2018

Wednesday, February 7

TENTATIVE AGENDA. Topics and speakers subject to change.


8:00–9:00 a.m.

8:30–9:30 a.m.

9:00–9:15 a.m.
TxPELRA President Harold R. Cates, CPM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Human Resources Manager, City of Fort Worth

9:15–9:30 a.m.
NPELRA President, Melanie B. Ault, CLRP, Washington County, Stillwater, MN

9:30 –10:45 a.m.
Preparing the Workplace for the Worst
This session will focus on active shooters and how the chaos they create continues to plague our society. These criminals have shown us we need to be prepared for anything, whether we are sitting in church, conducting business in the office, or picking up a few things at the grocery store. Session participants will learn how to help their organization and employees develop a plan and know how to react in an active shooter situation.
Mike Mancha, Protective Security Advisor, Department of Homeland Security| Office of Infrastructure Protection

10:45–11:00 a.m.
Refreshment Break

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

TRACK 1: The Law and Practical Reality of Collective Bargaining
Collective bargaining and regulation of the unionized workplace by the National Labor Relations Board can be complex and daunting. In this session, Michael will break down key concepts and provide practical insight into how the system works, what employers can and cannot do, and how to navigate in this environment.
Michael V. Abcarian, Regional Managing Partner, Fisher & Phillips, LLP

TRACK 2: Transgender Employees and the Workplace — Laws, Policies, and Best Practices
Issues relating to transgender employees have never been more relevant.  Employers need strategies to deal with this ever-evolving area of the law.  This presentation will cover the legal requirements and best practices for accommodating transgender employees, legal issues involving public accommodations and offer practical advice to address potential conflicts
Whitney M. Kummerow, Partner, Hancock Estabrook, LLP

12:15–1:15 p.m.
Lunch (Provided)

1:15–2:45 p.m.

TRACK 1: Tools for Success at the Bargaining Table and Beyond
When an organization is unionized and it’s time to go to the bargaining table, even a simple misstep can result in a labor contract nightmare. In this session, Michael will take you deeper into the dynamics of collective bargaining, sharing concepts, methods, and strategies that help you achieve success at and beyond the bargaining table.
Michael V. Abcarian, Regional Managing Partner, Fisher & Phillips, LLP

TRACK 2: Pitfalls of Ineffective Investigations
Conducting proper investigations is very important for employers in the workplace because prompt and effective investigations are a key component to limiting liability and can create defenses for the employer in future cases. Therefore, this presentation will cover the best practices involving the scope of the investigation; employer and investigator’s role in the investigation; investigative reporting; and pitfalls of improper investigation. It will also cover employee due process requirements i.e. Weingarten rights, Garrity warnings, and Loudermill hearings.
Bradley W. Howard, Attorney, Brown & Fortunato, P.C.

2:45–3:00 p.m.
Refreshment Break

3:00–5:00 p.m.
Labor Relations Legal Update
Bettye will present her annual “Tour around Texas” discussing developments in Texas municipal labor relations during the past year. Numerous new collective bargaining and meet and confer agreements have been negotiated during 2017, and several of them have included topics and language that will be of interest to all attendees. Bettye will also update attendees on pending and completed litigation related to labor relations.
Bettye Lynn, Partner, Lynn Ross & Gannaway, LLP

5:30-6:45 p.m.
Fireside Chat

This is your opportunity to engage in candid conversations with experienced human resources, municipal administration and fire industry leaders about the trials, triumphs, and lessons learned while building successful organizational cultures. Hear inspirational stories regarding organizational cultural shifts and get honest answers to the questions you have been reluctant to ask. Light appetizers will be provided along with a cash bar. Seating is limited so make sure you sign up for this chat during your registration process.
Moderated by Joshua Smith, SPHR, CSSBB, IPMA-CP
Edward Broussard, City Manager, City of Tyler; Robert Fite, Fire Chief,  City of Grand Prairie; Raette Smith Hearne, Human Resources Director,  Texas Department of Health and Human Services, and LaShon Ross, Interim Human Resources Director, Town of Prosper

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