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NPELRA Annual Conference 2020
April 26 - April 30
Phil’s speaking sessions include:
Tuesday, April 28:
9:35-11:50 am: Phil Toomey and Lisa Callaway of Engler Callaway Baasten & Sraga, LLC will present on “Ten Things We Wish We Knew When We Were Starting Out.”
Ever wonder, “why didn’t anyone tell me this?” Are there things you wish you could ask but are afraid of being labeled the “newbie”? Join Phil and Lisa in a comfortable setting to learn the things all labor and HR professionals should know to ease the transition and make them seasoned labor professionals.
Among other key topics, they will discuss important steps to take when receiving a grievance, a checklist for a disciplinary meeting and preparation tools for negotiations. Come prepared with the questions you always wanted to ask. And remember, there are no bad questions.
Wednesday, April 29:
10:30-11:45 am: Phil Toomey will present on “Common Sense Communication- How to Avoid Legal Entanglements.”
While most public employees are more “electronically” connected than ever, training supervisors “how” to speak with one another in the workplace, and when and what to document, continues to challenge even the most mature public employers. In terms of people being directed, many grievances, mediations, arbitrations and litigation could be avoided by training supervisors “how” to engage with their workers, “where” to provide direction, “what” to do when challenged, and “when” to follow up, and “what” to document (or avoid documenting). Likewise, “how,” “what” and “when” managers communicate with each other often can be the decisive point when a labor practice or imposed discipline is challenged. This workshop will give a simple set of tools that can be replicated in the workplace and avoid the legal entanglements when “that’s not what I meant…” becomes the key issue.
Thursday, April 30:
8:00-4:00 pm: Phil Toomey will participate in the NPELRA Academy Elective, presenting on “Investigations.”
Human resources and labor relations professionals are often called upon to conduct workplace investigations in the face of serious and sensitive allegations, from claims of sexual harassment/other discrimination to allegations of workplace misconduct to major ethical questions. Yet few of us have had real training on how to conduct an investigation. This program will explore the investigatory process — from who should conduct the investigation, legal issues to beware of, how to order and structure investigatory interviews, dealing with Garrity issues, and how to generate an end-product that will help your employer resolve what happened and what needs to be done. The program will focus on identifying the key elements of an effective workplace investigation process, and help attendees understand the importance of the process and the consequences if it is not done properly. Participants will learn the purpose and importance of a complete and thorough investigation, review the key elements of an effective workplace investigation, discuss the roles and responsibilities of supervisor, employee, and union and discuss how to determine credibility and analyze investigation results.
Leech Tishman will serve as a Bronze Sponsor at the event– please come and visit us at in the Exhibition Hall on Monday, April 27 or Tuesday, April 28.
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- April 30