Fredericksburg and Lubbock – Ross Coleman, Fire Marshal, City of San Angelo
History has proven that fire prevention education in the workplace is far too often forgotten. This fire prevention education program, centered on the concepts of safely exiting buildings, will be presented in a manner that will be easy to implement in any training environment. The presentation will cover historic fires which had large population losses along with a detailed description of the events that took place during the Station Nightclub Fire in Rhode Island in 2003. Other items will include behavioral issues affecting fire protection in the workplace, bomb threats, and evacuations.
Does the idea of creating workplace safety and awareness training overwhelm you because you are not sure where or how to start the dialog with city administration and those who can assist you in the creation and implementation of such programs? In this practical hands-on approach session, you will learn about the importance of this type of training and will be provided practical hands-on training tips and techniques to implement a comprehensive workplace safety and awareness program in your city. We will discuss creating and implementing employee training for:
✸ Workplace violence
✸ Tornadoes, natural disasters, and building evacuations
✸ Fire extinguisher use
✸ CPR and AED use
All Locations – Julia Gannaway, Partner, Lynn Ross Gannaway & Cranford, LLP
Drug testing of public employees is very different than drug testing for the private sector. The laws can be complex and not very easy to understand. This session will provide an overview of the laws affecting random and reasonable suspicion drug testing, who can and cannot be tested, the definition of “safety sensitive,” and practical pointers for developing a comprehensive policy.
11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Unemployment claims cost cities across Texas thousands of dollars each year and can be a drain on city staff when it comes to preparing for and attending hearings and appeals. This session will provide human resource professionals with the knowledge and tools to prepare accurate and reliable documentation from the very beginning of the corrective action process in order to ensure the most successful outcome possible at an unemployment hearing and or appeal session.
Fredericksburg and Lubbock – Julia Gannaway, Partner, Lynn Ross Gannaway & Cranford, LLP
This session will give you an overview of what was released by the U.S. Department of Labor in May 2016 as the final rule concerning overtime for executive, administrative, and professional employees. The presentation will go over the new salary thresholds, automatic salary threshold increases, duties tests, upcoming effective dates, and the new Highly Compensated Employee Exemption (HCE) amount.
The Basics of Workers’ Compensation and Controlling the Cost
Richardson and Dayton – Pat Crawford, Employer Return to Work Education Coordinator, Texas Department of Insurance
Public employers pay all costs related to workers’ compensation injuries to their employees right out of their budget. The longer your injured employee is away from work, the higher your workers compensation and related business costs will be, and the worse the impact of the injury is on your employee.
When an employee cannot work and receives weekly income replacement benefits, employers often have to hire a replacement employee or pay overtime wages to another employee to cover the work. That means the employer is paying benefits and wages, two times for the same job. This is not a good business decision.
We often hear about the advantages of early return to work, but seldom hear how to successfully “do” it. Eliminating medically unnecessary lost time by having a procedure allowing your injured employee to continue to do productive work for you while they recover, benefits both your business and your employee.
Employers frequently believe that they do not have the time or resources to provide modified work opportunities. This session will help employers develop a simple process that works for their individual business.
We will explore the pros and cons, the necessary steps to take, and how to make “real” work modified job assignments. Your employees will be earning wages instead of collecting benefits that needlessly drive your workers’ compensation insurance premium higher and higher.
Significantly reduce your workers comp costs, eliminate absences, and minimize costly turnover. It works.
Form I-9 Compliance – Reviewing the Basics
Fredericksburg – Joe Martinez, Special Agent, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
IMAGE Form I-9 Training
Dayton – Samantha Alonso, Special Agent,Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Navigating the I-9 waters can be challenging not only from a practical “how do I complete this form” standpoint but also from the standpoint of “well, I didn’t see THAT coming.” This session will cover the basics of required documents, retention schedules, e-verify, and what to do if you are faced with an I-9 audit. We will also explain the difference between a green card and VISA and what you need to know about these documents. Audience members will be given the opportunity to ask questions regarding uncommon situations that may occur when dealing with documentation of immigration status.