TxPELRA Agenda

January 29, 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 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Registration
Check in at the registration desk when you arrive.
Permanent Registration Desk – Ballroom Foyer
9:00–9:15 a.m. WELCOME -AND- TXPELRA UPDATE

Welcome to the TxPELRA Workshop. Hear the latest activity updates on the TxPELRA Chapter.

Speaker:TxPELRA President Harold Cates, CPM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Human Resources Manager, City of Fort Worth
Veramendi Ballroom Salon E

9:15–9:30 a.m. National PELRA Update

Hear the latest activity updates from the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association.

Speaker: National PELRA President, Lisa Baisley, Town Personnel Officer, Town of Huntington, NY
Veramendi Ballroom Salon E

9:30–10:45 a.m. KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Implicit Cultural Bias – What is implicit bias?

Broadly speaking, implicit bias involves a mental association between a group and a trait / characteristic below conscious awareness that can influence one’s feelings and behavior toward that group.

Speaker: Rev. Dr. Bryant T. Marks, Sr., Founding Director, Chief Education Officer, and Social Psychologist, National Training Institute on Race and Equity (NTIRE) and Associate Professor, Morehouse College
Veramendi Ballroom Salon E

10:45–11:00 a.m. Networking Break
Veramendi Ballroom A-D Foyer
11:00 a.m.–Noon CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Track I

Past Practice and Last Chance Agreements

Speaker: Benjamin E.Gehrt, Partner, Clark Baird Smith LLP
Veramendi Ballroom Salons A-D

Track II

Employee Relations: Effective Internal Investigations

Speaker: Sheila Gladstone, Chair, Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, P.C.
Veramendi Ballroom Salon E

Noon–1:00 p.m. Lunch Provided
Spring Lake Ballroom
1:15–2:15 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Track I

Collective Bargaining: The Art of Negotiations
Speaker: Benjamin E.Gehrt, Partner, Clark Baird Smith LLP
Veramendi Ballroom Salons A-D

Track II

Mental Health Best Practices for First Responders

Speakers: Police Chief Vernon L. Hale, City of Galveston and Fire Chief Sam Greif, Sr. Office of the Fire Chief, City of Plano
Veramendi Ballroom Salon E

2:15-2:30 p.m. Networking Break
Veramendi Ballroom A-D Foyer
2:30–3:30 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Track I

Grievance Handling and the Legal Limitations of Labor Management Committees

Speaker: Lowell F. Denton, Partner, Denton Navarro Rocha Bernal & Zech, P.C.
Veramendi Ballroom Salons A-D 

Track II

Employee Relations: ADA, FMLA, Workers Compensation and Collective Bargaining /Civil Service

Speaker: Julia J.Gannaway, Partner, Ross | Gannaway, PLLC
Veramendi Ballroom Salon E

3:45–5:00 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 2019, 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.

Speaker: Bettye Lynn, Attorney,  Lynn Law, PLLC
Veramendi Ballroom Salon E