Friday - October 26, 2018
8:15 am – 3:00 pm

The Massachusetts Municipal Personnel Association will hold its annual Labor Relations Seminar on Oct. 26 at the Devens Conference Center.

Seminar participants will include members of the MMPA and Massachusetts Municipal Management Association as well as mayors, police and fire chiefs, public works directors, labor relations professionals, and other interested parties.

The MMPA is an MMA-affiliated organization that provides resources and information on municipal personnel and labor issues.

The cost of this meeting is $80 for members and $100 for nonmembers. Checks should be made payable to MMPA. Written cancellation of a registration must be received by Oct. 19.


8:15 a.m.
Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast
Solarium Ballroom & Terrace

9 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks
Mary Beth Bernard, SPHR, Assistant Town Manager, Foxborough, and MMPA Chair
Solarium Ballroom

9:20 a.m.
Dr. Sharron Credle, CEO and Founder, The Dr. Sharron D. Credle Corporation
A human resource professional for over 20 years, Dr. Credle will guide MMPA members through shifting the mindset – situational leadership tools to manage a diverse workforce.

10:35 a.m.

11:10 a.m.
Legislative Update
Lisa Adams, MMA Senior Legislative Analyst
Solarium Ballroom

11:35 a.m
Labor Law Update: Major Cases Reviewed
This session will offer an in-depth review of recent cases and decisions in the labor relations arena.
Kim Rozak, Partner, Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP
Solarium Ballroom

12:30 p.m.
Solarium Ballroom

1:30 p.m.
Concurrent Workshops

7 Steps to Bulletproof Documentation
Documentation is a secret weapon in the world of municipal human resources. Make sure your policies and personnel decisions can withstand the scrutiny of judge, jury, and Board of Selectmen. This session will cover the value of solid documentation for performance reviews, disciplinary action, and arbitration and the steps you can take to ensure you have it all.
Tim Norris Esq., Partner, Norris, Murray & Peloquin
Candace Hall-Nourse, Human Resources Director, Andover
Moderator: Michael F. McCall, Assistant Town Manager, Chelmsford
Junior Ballroom, 1st Floor

Show Me The Money: Budgeting & Costing Out Contracts
Money, money, money! The ins and outs of municipal budgets and labor contracts are a large part of the foundation for municipal human resources. This session will give you best practices for costing out contracts and how to leverage comparable communities salary data in the context of collective bargaining.
Caryn Malloy, Human Resources Director, Arlington
Kerrie Lafleur, Finance Director, Concord
Moderator: Jane F. Sakiewicz, PHR, IPMA-CP, Personnel Director, Westfield
Devens Club A/B, 1st Floor

Nonverbal Communication and Effective Behavioral Interviewing
Behavioral interviewing is a technique known to identify suitable candidates for jobs and position based on the assumption that past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. Learn how to identify nonverbal cues and conduct an effective behavioral interview during this information and action packed 90-minute session.
Carl J. Maccario, President, Center of Nonverbal Communication
Moderator: Lisa Adams, MMA Senior Legislative Analyst
Executive Club A/D, 2nd Floor

3 p.m.

Devens Common Center, Devens

MMA Member Services Coordinator Devon Elizabeth Williams
Massachusetts Municipal Personnel Association