ANNUAL CONFERENCE HANDOUTS 2017
Wednesday, May 3
|8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.||Registration|
|8:00–8:30 a.m.||Continental Breakfast|
|8:30–8:45 a.m.||WELCOME COLLEAGUES|
|TMHRA President, Wendy Standorf, Director of Human Resources, City of West University Place|
|8:45–10:00 a.m.||OPENING GENERAL SESSION|
Leadership Lessons from H-o-l-l-y-w-o-o-d!
Award-winning author and leadership expert Andy Masters creatively uses the magical imagery of Hollywood to help public human resources leaders develop and empower their organizations, while defeating succession planning crisis, in this challenging era of having to do more with less. That’s right, learn and be entertained from actual license-protected scenes from movies such as The Devil Wears Prada, The Iron Lady, Apollo 13, and even Frozen, and Star Wars! This unique program also cites the latest research from Harvard Business Review, Deloitte, and Glassdoor to provoke real change in your organization. Powerful leadership principles are based on Andy’s latest book Things LEADERS Say: A Daily Guide to Help Every Leader Empower & Inspire. Andy’s interactive program will provide a memorable multi-media experience, and immediate take-home action items to help you develop millennials and future leaders in today’s new economy.
This session is pre-certified by HRCI and SHRM. (HRCI 1.0 Bus Mgmt Credit Program ID: 289136; SHRM-SCP 1.0 PDC’s Activity ID: #16-SASKG)
Andy Masters, MA, CSP, President, Masters Performance Improvement, LLC
|10:15–11:45 a.m.||CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS|
Alright, Alright, Alright. Drug-Free Workplaces in an Increasingly Tolerant (and Stoned) Society
A growing number of “fair-chance hiring” ordinances around the country are requiring employers to ignore criminal offenses that do not directly relate to the duties of the position for which an individual is being considered, leaving employers to wonder how relevant even recent convictions for marijuana possession will be considered if challenged. In this presentation, Mike will review employers’ legal, scientific, and practical landscape in regards to marijuana, opioids, and other drugs.
Mike Coffey, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, President, Imperative Information Group
Value Based Benefit: Rising Health Plan Costs, Reduced Benefits, Failed Strategies…What Do You Do Now?
This informative session will discuss:
Dave Ross, Executive Vice President, Director of Underwriting Services, Hays Companies of Texas
Do numbers make your head spin? Become a better-rounded HR professional by building on your understanding of finance. This session will help you to learn and understand financial data and key concepts and terms. We will also look at creating value through making sound financial decisions and how knowing numbers can help HR build a better business case for their initiatives.
Clifford Blackwell III, Director of Administrative Services, City of Bedford and GFOAT President
|11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.||Lunch Provided|
|1:00–2:15 p.m..||CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS|
Stay in compliance in 2017—wage and hour laws can be difficult to navigate and substantial financial consequences await employers who make mistakes. This presentation will focus primarily on steps employers can take to ensure wage compliance with their employees and how to determine which employees are exempt overtime/compensatory time. In the aftermath of the Department of Labor’s attempted rules change in 2016 and subsequent legal challenge, the presentation will help employers understand what is required of them and what they can expect going forward.
Daniel N. Ramirez, Partner, Monty & Ramirez, LLP, Attorneys At Law
In this session, Mike Bratcher will cover a variety of current legislative proposals regarding workers’ compensation and how these items could potentially impact the future of cities and employees. He will also provide a current update on the status of presumption claims for firefighters, which continues to be a pressing issue for cities. Other items covered in this session include secondary employment for police officers and other city employees, and an overview of the definition of a common-law spouse and how it impacts the field of workers’ compensation.
Mike Bratcher, Workers’ Compensation Claims Manager, Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool
Grow Garland: Employee Engagement and Recognition Initiative—TMHRA’s Innovation Award Winner 2016
In 2014, the City of Garland established a true paradigm shift approach to employee engagement, which began at the senior level and filtered throughout the organization by re-establishing its mission, vision, and value statements (Guiding Principles/Grow Garland), as well as placing an emphasis on rewards and recognition. The City was recognized by TMHRA for this initiative in 2016 when it received a TMHRA Innovations Award. This session will focus on the City’s creative communication and employee recognition efforts through initiatives such as #Kudos, shout outs, and quarterly awards, which culminate with the annual Spirit of Garland Awards. Participants will walk away with an understanding of the Garland program how to implement it in their city.
Craig Barnes, IPMA-SCP, Workforce Engagement & Outreach Administrator, City of Garland
|2:30–3:45 p.m.||CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS|
An Update on Sexual Orientation and Transgender Discrimination: Trends, New Laws, and Claim Avoidance
The most sizzling of hot topics, the area of sexual orientation and transgender discrimination, is currently in flux. This session will discuss the recent trends on the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) position on Title VII coverage of these claims and whether the new administration will send them in a different direction. We will discuss the “bathroom issue” and any discrepancies between state and federal law for public-sector employers. We will review the latest court cases on LGBT discrimination under the sexual stereotyping theory, harassment, and failure to accommodate, including use of chosen pronouns and first names. Finally, we will look at what management can do to head off these claims in the workplace, while juggling the strong opinions of those on all sides of the issue.
Sheila Gladstone, Principal, Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, P.C.
Pension systems are in the news almost weekly. The Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) really is different from most of the systems you read about in the press. Employees, citizens, and councils have questions. Can you effectively answer them? This session will provide an overview of how TMRS works and how your city’s pensions are managed so that you can better answer the pension questions that come your way as a human resources professional.
Cultivating leadership in an organization involves developing people. A good leader understands the strengths and weaknesses of followers and finds opportunities to leverage those strengths. Dr. Holsenbeck explains best practices for leaders to become mentors and catalysts for change in order to gain loyalty and increase efficiency.
Mary Holsenbeck, MSSW, LMSW, CPC, Ed.D.
|3:45–5:00 p.m.||CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS|
Employer Branding and Recruitment in the Age of Social Media
Today everybody tweets, likes, shares, and, of course, is searching for new careers! Chances are a future employee is looking for a career on his or her Twitter or Facebook feed right now, but will never think to visit your employment page. Government employers must now promote their vacancies on social media, as well as market their “employer brand” to a new generation of millennial job-seekers. Going about this task is not a simple feat. You must have the insights of an advertising maven, and juggle the day-to-day responses required in the world of social media. As a leading job board and career center in state and local government, Careers In Government now reaches more than 15 million users per month on its vast social media channels, using the latest strategies and tools in the marketplace. This presentation will highlight strategies, success stories, and tactics that government employers can take advantage of to find the most qualified candidates.
Michael Hurwitz, President, Careers In Government
Disputes are inevitable in workers’ compensation claims, and it is important to understand and adequately prepare for the hearing process in order to maximize your prospects of prevailing. In this session, Ricky Green will emphasize the practical steps you can take to succeed at workers’ compensation hearings. This session is pre-certified by the Texas Department of Insurance for continuing education unit credits.
Ricky D. Green, Attorney, Ricky D. Green Law Firm
Your new talent is seeking, expecting, and needing more from their first weeks on the job. This session will help you identify what’s working and what’s not, and will help you integrate the newest and best on-boarding practices. You will learn strategies for using social media, coaching, and web-based tools like online surveys and web portals to refresh your on-boarding experience and make it scalable. During this interactive discussion, we will share best-practice metrics and case studies that demonstrate how technology enables human resources leaders to track progress, identify trends, and address on-boarding challenges.
Brenda Hampel, Partner, Connect the Dots Consulting, Dublin, Ohio
|5:00–6:30 p.m.||Meet and Mingle ReceptionExtra tickets may be purchased for guests who want to attend the reception.|
TMHRA New Member Dinner—Sponsored by IPS AdvisorsZ’Tejas Southwestern Grill | 9400 A. Arboretum Blvd | Austin, TX 78759
New TMHRA members over the past year are encouraged to attend, meet our board members, and network with other human resources professionals.TMHRA Past Presidents Dinner—TBDTMHRA past presidents reunite for dinner and to mingle.
Thursday, May 4
|8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.||Registration|
|8:00–8:30 a.m.||Continental Breakfast|
|8:30–10:00 a.m.||GENERAL SESSION|
If you could create the ideal culture for your organization, what would it look like? And once you have an idea of what it could be, how do you nurture and protect it to keep it vibrant, relevant, and sustainable— especially in today’s ever-changing world? This interactive and entertaining keynote address will introduce you to Strategic Government Resource’s radical approach for creating an authentic servant leadership culture in your city. Recruiting, assessing, and developing are the specific strategies involved in culture creation and succession planning. Innovative, collaborative, and authentic are the characteristics of the type of leaders who will thrive in our VUCA world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.
Tracie has dedicated her life to developing people and building sustainable communities, both in the private sector as a corporate leadership trainer and organization development director and in the public sector as an elected official for Frisco, Texas, where she served as the mayor pro tem. With more than 25 years of public speaking and facilitation experience, Tracie brings a unique blend of wit and wisdom to our audience.
Tracie Reveal Shipman, MASL, Strategic Government Resources
|10:15–11:30 a.m.||CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS|
This session will detail hiring and recruiting practices geared toward business success and avoidance of a United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charge/litigation. Joe Bonke will share tips on how to successfully effectuate a termination, including information on delivering the decision, documentation, and the aftermath. This session is a must if you hire youths in your city.
Joe Bontke, Outreach Manager and Ombudsman, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The changing landscape of Healthcare has not changed the need for employers to find new ways of encouraging employees to become better consumers of Healthcare. Employee Engagement is important regardless of your size or funding. Join Holmes Murphy as we provide fresh ideas on ways to engage your employee population and help create a clearer understanding of their benefits through plan design choices, communications and for us to show you creative ways of leveraging technology to push out personalized, targeted messaging
Panel Discussion-Leadership and Other Lessons Learned on the Way to the Manager’s Office
Participants will gain wisdom from those who ascended from human resources directors to the city manager’s office. This session will reveal lessons learned by these former human resources directors as they made their transition. This session will be insightful for those who aspire to the city manager’s office as with those who want to know what the city manager’s office expects from human resources professionals.
Panelists: Erin Rinehart, City Manager, City of Carrollton; Jim Parrish, Deputy City Manager, City of Plano; Melinda Galler, Assistant City Manager, City of Lewisville; and LaShon Ross, Retired Deputy City Manager, City of Plano
Moderator: Tadd Phillips, Human Resources & Civil Service Director City of Georgetown
|11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.||Lunch and TMHRA Awards Ceremony|
|1:00–2:15 p.m..||CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS|
The Veteran Hiring Opportunity: Getting Beyond the Hype, Realizing the Potential and Building the Business Case
The military teaches character, discipline, resiliency and teamwork, and its members are highly skilled. But there are very real biases about hiring veterans. In this session Peter will discuss how military veterans can add value to municipal organizations. He will help participants understand the importance of seeing beyond media hype, recognizing the value that ex-military personnel can bring to a municipal organization. He will explain how to build the business case for hiring ex-military and ways to measure the Success of the program. Peter will also discuss the importance of overcoming personal bias and misconceptions of hiring this highly trained talent pool.
Peter A. Gudmundsson, CEO/President, RecruitMilitary LLC
Employees who miss work due to illness, injury, or disability can create compliance, coordination, and recordkeeping challenges. Julie Ross will address employee rights and employer obligations to provide leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and as a possible accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She will highlight recent regulatory guidance on leave, as well as recent ADA and FMLA court decisions. Julie will also provide practical suggestions for managing this often complicated and legally challenging topic.
Julie Ross, Partner, Lynn, Ross & Gannaway, LLP
This session will be based on Robert Lavigna’s book, Engaging Government Employees: Motivate and Inspire Your People to Achieve Superior Performance, published by the American Management Association. Governing magazine selected the book as “one of the six that public sector managers and staff leaders should read.”Participants will learn what employee engagement is and why it matters, particularly in government; why measuring employee engagement is critically important, how to measure and analyze the level of engagement and act on the results; the results of a national benchmark survey on the levels of employee engagement in the public and private sectors; and more.
Robert J. Lavigna, Director, CPS HR Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement™
|2:15–3:00 p.m.||CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS|
The laws relating to drug testing of public employees are quite different than in the private sector. This session will provide an overview of “safety sensitive” positions and what an employer must communicate to employees and applicants regarding drug testing. The presentation will provide examples and practical pointers for attendees to use in their cities.
Julia Gannaway, Partner, Lynn, Ross & Gannaway, LLP
What Are the Best Insurance Programs for Your Organization?
Brent Weegar will provide key insights to help determine if your insurance programs are designed to attract, retain, and protect employees, while managing benefit costs for your city. From health, dental, life insurance and more, there are pitfalls, best practices, and trends to be aware of when designing and selecting your insurance programs. This session is designed to help you determine the right fit for your organization while taking into consideration the key factors and stakeholders.
Brent Weegar, Principal and Senior Consultant, IPS Advisors
Lean Six Sigma for Municipalities
Service in government is a noble calling, but it is constantly tasked to do more with less. With limited staff and resources, combined with the pressure to improve performance and customer service, public service can be challenging. Through proven concepts of Lean Six Sigma, municipalities can learn how to be more effective and efficient with their heavy workloads. In addition, Lean Six Sigma can provide guidance on how to eliminate tasks that do not provide value within daily operations and create consistent standards for quality in government. In this presentation, city employees will learn about elements of innovation, brainstorming, and continuous improvement to enhance the experience of public service.
|3:45–5:00 p.m.||GENERAL SESSION|
Here’s the question: Why are some people so amazingly good at what they do? This question is raised by Anders Ericcson in his book, Peak: The New Science of Expertise. And his answer is this: The right sort of practice carried out over a sufficient period of time leads to improvement. Nothing else.Mr. Ericcson did the original research on what Malcolm Gladwell named the “10,000 Hour Rule,” which he wrote about in his book Outliers. In this book briefing presentation, Randy Mayeux will take the key ideas and the transferable principles from these two books, and help us know what to work on, how to work on it, and then ultimately aim at mastery in what we do. Or, as Mr. Gladwell put it, we will learn this truth: The people at the very top don’t work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder. Handout 1 Handout 2
Randy Mayeux, Consultant – Executive Book Briefings, Strategic Government Resources
|7:00 p.m.–Midnight||SPONSORED EVENT|
May the 4th (Force) Be With You
Sponsored by: TMHRA and Holmes Murphy & Associates
Friday, May 5
|8:00–8:30 a.m.||Continental Breakfast|
|8:30–9:00 a.m.||TMHRA Business Meeting|
|9:00–10:15 a.m||GENERAL SESSION|
Riding for the Brand: The Power of Purposeful Leadership
In the old west, a brand not only identified a ranch’s cattle, it was a symbol of pride and loyalty for all of its cowboys—they rode for the brand. People today want more from their work than a paycheck—they want to be partners in a cause. Like cowboys of yesteryear they want to ride for the brand. Learn how organizations are transformed through The Power of Purposeful Leadership.
Jim Whitt, Founder, Purpose Unlimited
|10:30 a.m.–Noon||LEGAL UPDATE|
Bettye will bring you significant employment law developments from 2016 and those on the horizon for 2017.
Bettye Lynn, Partner, Lynn, Ross, & Gannaway, LLP