Nuts and Bolts 2019 – Harlingen

Harlingen Community Center // Register for Harlingen online HERE

The agenda is subject to change. 

7:30–8:00 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast

8:00–8:15 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Efren Fernanedez, SCP,SHRMSCP, Director of Human Resources and Risk Management, City of Harlingen

8:15–9:30 a.m.
Personnel Policies: Who Needs Them, and Why
This session will review discipline and terminations. It will also include a general discussion about documentation, First and Fourth Amendments, polygraphs, and Section 614.
Julia Gannaway, Partner, Ross|Gannaway, PLLC

9:30–9:45 a.m.

9:45–11:00 a.m.
Employment Law: Compensation and Department of Labor (Show Me the Money!)
This session will address the Fair Labor Standards Act pay issues including overtime for firefighters.
Julia Gannaway, Partner, Ross|Gannaway, PLLC

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

How Your Health Insurance Plan Can Save Time, Money and Lives
Managing cost, plan design, and maintaining competitive benefits in today’s environment can be challenging, overwhelming, and frustrating to both new and tenured human resources professionals. Every city is trying to find solutions and options that work for them. This session provides an overview of areas in benefits plans design, voluntary benefits, request for proposal processes, and wellness that your city can consider to create and/or minimize choice and costs based on fit for your organization’s culture and strategy.
Jason Newman, Senior Client Service Consultant, EB, Holmes Murphy

12:15–1:15 p.m.
Lunch (provided)

1:15–2:30 p.m.
Employee Law: FMLA/ADA/Workers’ Compensation Leave Overlap
How do we navigate the complex pathways of different types of leave when they intersect? Here we will discuss topics such as intermittent Family and Medical Leave Act; and additional time off as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Julia Gannaway, Partner, Ross|Gannaway, PLLC

2:30–2:45 p.m.

2:45–4:00 p.m.
Workers’ Compensation 101
Injuries and exposure to blood borne pathogens are not wished upon anyone, but they occur and we need to address them responsibly. This session will provide a brief history of the workers’ compensation claims process, a review of forms, and processes unique to municipalities.
Richard Perez, Workers’ Compensation Claims Specialist, TML Intergovernmental Risk Pool