MMPA Labor Relations Seminar

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Date and time: 
Friday, October 27, 2017 - 8:15am to 3:15pm
Boxboro Regency Hotel and Conference Center, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough

This meeting will begin with a legislative update from MMA staff, followed by the presentation of the Emil Skop Award, which recognizes a human resources professional who has made a positive impact on the MMPA and its members.
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.


8:15 a.m.
Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast
9:15 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks
Mary Beth Bernard, SPHR, Assistant Town Manager, Foxborough, and MMPA Chair
9:30 a.m.
Legislative Update
Nick Downing, MMA Senior Legislative Analyst
10 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
11:30 a.m.
Keynote: Managing the Demands of Leadership in Public Safety
Juliette Kayyem has spent more than 15 years managing complex policy initiatives and organizing government responses to major crises in both state and federal government. She was President Obama’s Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. There she played a pivotal role in major operations including handling of the H1N1 pandemic and the BP Oil Spill response; she also organized major policy efforts in immigration reform and community resiliency. Before that, she served as then-Gov. Deval Patrick’s homeland security advisor, guiding regional planning and the state’s first interoperability plan, and overseeing the National Guard. She has also served as a member of the National Commission on Terrorism, a legal advisor to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, and a trial attorney and counselor in the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department.
Juliette Kayyem, CEO of Zemcar, CNN National Security Analyst
1 p.m.
1:45 p.m.
Concurrent Workshops
• A. Managing and Monitoring Workplace Marijuana
Recreational marijuana in Massachusetts has arrived. Is your municipality prepared? Learn about employer rights and limitations in addressing employee medicinal and recreational marijuana use. This discussion will include: discussion of the implications of the recent SJC case that found employers cannot use blanket anti-marijuana policy to dismiss employees who have a prescription for medical marijuana, the challenges of marijuana while accepting federal grant money, and when disciplinary action is necessary versus unwarranted.
Leo Peloquin Esq., Partner, Collins, Loughran & Peloquin, PC
Bryan Decker, Partner, Decker & Rubin, PC
Moderator: Jane Sakiewicz, PHR, IPMA-CP, Personnel Director, Westfield
• B. Workplace Safety and Off-Duty Misconduct
Workplace safety and off duty misconduct are constant issues faced by public safety personnel, human resources directors, and city and town managers. As a leader in your municipality, learn what is appropriate in social media and other personnel policies, in addition to when and how off duty misconduct rises to discipline. Attendees will also take away best practices for dealing with collective bargaining impacts when off duty conduct and workplace behavior become an area of concern for the safety and protection of all employees.
Chief Jim Hurley, Police Chief, Leicester
David Jenkins, Labor Attorney, KP Law
Moderator: Nick Downing, MMA Senior Legislative Analyst
• C. Top 10 Tools for Your Collective Bargaining Toolkit
Navigating collective bargaining is more difficult than ever before. This panel will work to equip you with tools from both sides of the table to ensure your negotiations are as effective and efficient as possible.
Nick Anastastapolous, Attorney, Mirick O’Connell
Joe Sandulli, Partner, Sandulli Grace, P.C.
Moderator: Denise Casey, MPA, SHRM-SCP, Assistant Town Manager, Wilmington
3:15 p.m.
Meeting cost is $60 for MMPA member community/member business attendees, $80 for nonmembers.
Payment Method: Checks Payable to MMPA, 1 Winthrop Square, Boston, MA 02110
Cancellation Policy: If you register but are unable to attend, refunds will be issued upon written request for all cancellations received by Thursday, October 19, 2017. After that date, we will be committed to a count with the facility, so you will be billed regardless of attendance.
For any special accessibility needs or dietary requests, please call MMA Conference and Meeting Coordinator Kayla Burmeister at (800) 882-1498, ext. 106.


MMA Member Services Coordinator Devon Elizabeth Williams

Massachusetts Municipal Personnel Association