Municipal HR and Management Conference

Municipal HR & Management Conference - Agenda

June 16, 2022 – Thomas College, Waterville, Maine

8:00 am: 
Registration/Continental Breakfast/Visit with Sponsors

8:45 am: Welcome

Catherine Conlow, Executive Director, Maine Municipal Association
Laurie Lachance, President, Thomas College

9:00 am – 10:00 am: Keynote Presentation

HR is Needed More Than Ever
The last few years have been a challenge for all employers – a COVID pandemic, the “Great Resignation”, labor shortages, remote work – to name a few! HR professionals – and those in the municipal world who wear an HR “hat” – have worked tirelessly to keep organizations running and employees safe and engaged. Kudos to you! These rapid and increasing workplace changes and expectations will no doubt continue throughout this next decade. The role of human resources is more important than ever. Join us and be inspired as David Pease illustrates for us how the role of HR is evolving and how you can be a beacon of hope for your organization and employees.

Presenter:David Pease, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior Vice President/Director Talent, Diversity & Inclusion, Bangor Savings Bank and Member, Board of Trustees, Thomas College

MTCMA Certification – 1 point Human Resources and Leadership categories

About David Pease:
In his current role at Bangor Savings Bank, David is focused on both building Bank talent and diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as working to build a diverse workforce in Maine. He holds national designations including the Senior Professional in Human Resources from HRCI and the Senior Certified Professional in HR from SHRM. David has spent over 30 years in human resource leadership roles including those at Androscoggin Bank, The Hartford, and Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital, prior to joining Bangor Savings Bank. He is the former State Director of the Maine Society for Human Resource Management and received the distinguished Maine HR Leader of the Year award. He recently received the Unsung Business Hero award from PROPEL Portland for creating a safe and inclusive work environment for employment. David also serves on numerous boards and advisory councils – including the Thomas College Board of Trustees – and as a mentor and coach to students and professionals. 

10:00 am – 10:15 am:Break/Visit with Sponsors

10:15 am – 11:15 am: Block 1

Savings on Workers’ Compensation Coverage
Are you saving all you can on your workers compensation contribution? If you work for a public sector employer and that employer is a member of MMA with workers compensation coverage from Risk Management Services, they are eligible to enroll in the Workers Compensation Safety Incentive Program (WCSIP). MMA’s Bob Thomas will review the criteria established in each of the program tiers. Enrollment in each tier offers your employer workers compensation contribution savings.

Presenters: Robert Thomas, Loss Control Manager, MMA Risk Management Services

MTCMA Certification – 1 point Finance/Budget and Human Resources categories

From Busy to Burnout – and Back
In our current unpredictable environment, life and workplace stress is a very real concern for everyone. Join Abby to learn how changing the view of your work and your life can leave you feeling more focused, productive, and empowered. Participants will also get a bonus look at how Mental Health First Aid can equip you to address mental health and substance use challenges at your workplace.

Presenter: Abby DiPasquale, MPH, MCHES, Health Promotion Coordinator, Maine Municipal Employees Health Trust

MTCMA Certification – 1 point Human Resources and Leadership categories

11:15 am – 11:30 am:Break/Visit with Sponsors

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Block 2

HR Compliance 101
Laura Rideout, an employment law expert with law firm Preti Flaherty, will walk you through the life cycle of an employee—from job posting to separation—and highlight legal pitfalls, best practices, and compliance pointers. She will help you understand the applicable laws and regulations that will ensure your municipality maintains compliance. Topics of discussion will include: interview questions to avoid, structuring a conditional offer letter, conducting a valuable performance review, personnel file pointers, and how to investigate employee misconduct.   

Presenter: Laura Rideout, Partner, Preti Flaherty

MTCMA Certification – 1 point Human Resources and Legal categories

Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
Conflict is an unavoidable part of life and work, but it inevitably has been shown to reduce productivity and create a difficult work environment, leading to unwanted turnover in staff and reduced morale. This session will focus on identifying crisis or conflict situations and appropriate responses. Developing these conflict resolution skills is essential to increasing effectiveness and safety in the workplace, building stronger support from fellow employees and citizens, and reducing complaints, lawsuits, and job-related stress.

Presenter: Adam Gormely, Risk Mitigation Solutions Manager, Dirigo Safety

MTCMA Certification – 1 point Human Resources and Leadership categories

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm:Lunch/ Visit with Sponsors

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm: Block 3

Understanding and Responding to Microaggressions
This session will explore the concept of microaggressions: the everyday verbal and nonverbal slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based upon marginalized group membership. Mandy Levine will help participants to identify different types of microaggressions; distinguish between intent and impact; and learn and practice practical ways to respond to microaggressions, whether you are the target or whether you are intervening as an ally. 

Presenter: Mandy Levine, Owner, Mandy Levine Consulting

MTCMA Certification – 1.25 points Ethics and Human Resources categories

Making Smart Employment Law Decisions
The employment law team from Drummond Woodsum will walk you through key legal decisions from the last year and how to balance compliance with your workplace culture. They will address how to adequately capture, communicate, and implement these requirements through workplace practices, staff training and personnel communications, such as handbooks or manuals. Their tips for navigating these trends will help you to promote a friendly workplace environment, while maintaining compliance – and will force you to consider how your values as an organization and employer fit into your employment law decision-making.

Presenter: Daniel Rose, Kathleen Wade, Michael Buescher, Attorneys, Drummond Woodsum

MTCMA Certification – 1.25 points Human Resources and Legal categories

2:45 – 3:00 pm:Break/Visit with Sponsors

3:00 – 4:00 pm: Block 4

Performance Management: A Continual Process
The performance management process consists of three general elements: goal setting, ongoing coaching and development, and formal or informal employee feedback. This program will explore each of these components and how a continual performance management process can set supervisors, employees, and ultimately your organization, up for success. This session will also cover compliance issues, documenting employee performance, and strategies for regular coaching.

Presenter: Deb Bartol, HR Consultant, KMA Human Resources

MTCMA Certification – 1 point Human Resources and Leadership categories

Professional Development Training for Municipal Employees

Don’t miss this informational presentation to learn how your municipality can receive up to $1,200 per employee for training through December 31, 2022. The Harold Alfond Center for the Advancement of Maine’s Workforce, through the Maine Community College System, has $62 million in grant funding available to help upskill Maine’s incumbent workforce. Training can take place at one of Maine’s community colleges or via a third-party training vendor. Examples of trainings requested include: Basic computer skills, CDL, Communications, Conflict Management, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training, EMT, Supervisory training, and Welding. Think of the training your team needs and join us to learn how to apply.    

Presenter: Maureen O’Brien, Workforce Development Coordinator, Maine Community College System

MTCMA Certification – 1 point Human Resources category

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