Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, 2-2:40 p.m.

Artificial Intelligence and Risk Screening: Developments in Workers’ Compensation Risk Management
Saturday, 2-2:40 p.m., Room 205, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association
Workers’ compensation is a medical program, because it almost always involves injuries that require medical care. Key opportunities to improve management of medical costs and outcomes are based on taking a more proactive and multi-disciplinary approach to orchestrate events where non-medical factors pose a threat to reaching optimal results. Explore strategic approaches to both short- and long-term improvements in a high-performance workers’ compensation program. This will include taking advantage of new science discoveries in human behavior, using predictive analytics to monitor performance and drive change, and addressing the psycho-social-economic dimensions implicit in many work-related injuries.

Workshop eligible for MIIA Rewards points

PANELIST
Jennifer Christian, M.D., M.P.H., is president of Webility, a consulting and training services company, and a board-certified occupational and environmental medicine physician and expert on workers’ compensation and disability issues and solutions.
MODERATOR
Nancy Fermano is the property and liability operations manager at MIIA.

Assessor Actions That Make a Difference
Saturday, 2-2:40 p.m., Room 209, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Massachusetts Association of Assessing Officers
With cities and towns increasingly reliant on the property tax to support municipal and school budgets and local capital plans, the role of assessing departments is more important than ever. Beyond ensuring that property values are fair and tax bills are accurate, assessors manage exemptions and abatements and make key decisions related to municipal finance. Learn the top 10 responsibilities of local assessors that every municipal official should know.

PANELISTS
Kathleen Costello is the assessing administrator in Mattapoisett.
William Mitchell is the chief assessor in Leominster and president of the Massachusetts Association of Assessing Officers.
Lane Partridge is the assessor in Concord.

Cleaner Community, Healthier Planet: Banning Plastic Bags
Saturday, 2-2:40 p.m., Room 202, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Massachusetts Municipal Councillors’ Association
More than 80 cities and towns have moved to eliminate single-use plastic bags. This session will explore the value of eliminating plastic bags in cities and towns across the Commonwealth. Learn best practices from municipalities that have taken this action and how each city and town can tailor a program to best fit the community. Key takeaways will include getting buy-in from citizens, working with municipal employees or elected officials, and how to make this environmental policy a working reality.

PANELISTS
Mike Zwirko is an alderman in Melrose.
Alison M. Leary is a city councillor in Newton.

Interview Questions for Champions of Bag Bans in Mass Towns/Cities, Newton
Bag Ban Working Group Update, City of Newton Aldermen (PDF 243K)
Letter from Newton Alderman Leary to American Progressive Bag Alliance (PDF 130K)
Letter from American Progressive Bag Alliance to Newton Alderman Leary (PDF 126K)

How to Arrive Prepared to the Joint Labor-Management Committee for Police and Firefighters
Saturday, 2-2:40 p.m., Room 203, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Joint Labor-Management Committee
The Joint Labor-Management Committee assists in resolving collective bargaining disputes involving municipalities and municipal police officers and firefighters. From the time negotiations begin through proceedings at the JLMC, municipalities can take steps to prepare, including gathering comparability data, formulating proposals, costing out contracts, and developing realistic and attainable goals for settlement. Attendees will learn about trends and how to arrive prepared to the JLMC in order to reach a negotiated settlement.

PANELISTS
George Driscoll is a senior staff representative for management at the JLMC.
Daniel Morgado is a senior staff representative for management at the JLMC.
Jill Goldsmith is the town manager in Chatham and management chair at the JLMC.
MODERATOR
Lisa C. Adams is a senior legislative analyst at the MMA.

Shining a Light on the Public Records Law
Saturday, 2-2:40 p.m., Room 208, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office
The public records law plays a crucial role in facilitating the accountability of government officials, clarifying public spending, and promoting an active and involved citizenry. The demand for information under the law, however, can be great. Explore the application of exemptions, permissible fees, procedures for responding to voluminous requests, and navigating the appeals process. Panelists will explain changes made to the law in 2017, including the responsibilities of records access officers, fee limits, record production deadlines, online posting requirements, electronic format preferences and the records access officer petition process.

Workshop eligible for MIIA Rewards points

PANELIST
Angela M. Puccini is the attorney for the Public Records Division in the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office.
MODERATOR
Brittney Franklin is a senior legislative analyst at the MMA.

The Massachusetts Public Records Law – presentation

The Price Is Right: Learning Procurement Basics
Saturday, 2-2:40 p.m., Room 206, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Massachusetts Association of Public Purchasing Officials
Discover the critical role of the procurement professional in relation to the municipal financial oversight. Learn how to plot a course from need to procurement, contract and contract administration. Panelists will describe the basic types of procurements prescribed for municipalities by Massachusetts General Law and the thresholds that apply to each. Become familiar with the most common procurement types and the applicable thresholds, and be able to distinguish between supply and service, construction, and design contracts in order to make sound purchasing decisions in your own community.

Workshop eligible for MIIA Rewards points

PANELISTS
Mary Delaney is the chief procurement officer in Fitchburg and the executive board chair at the Massachusetts Association of Public Purchasing Officials.
Thomas Watkins is the purchasing agent in Salem and president of the Massachusetts Association of Public Purchasing Officials.

The Price is Right: Learning Procurement Basics – presentation

The Road to Funding: State Public Works Grants
Saturday, 2-2:40 p.m., Room 204, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Massachusetts Highway Association
Get ahead of the curve with a primer on state grants for municipal road and bridge construction. From Complete Streets and the Small Bridge Program to MassWorks, learn everything you need to know about eligibility, applications and deadlines from Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. Drive away with tips on how state grants can help make your public works project a reality.

PANELISTS
Lyris Liautaud is the assistant highway design engineer at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
Juan Vega is the assistant secretary for communities and programs at the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.
MODERATOR
Robert “Brutus” Cantoreggi is the public works director in Franklin.

Voting Law Update: Automatic Registration, Early Voting and Other Changes
Saturday, 2-2:40 p.m., Room 201, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Massachusetts Municipal Association
Voting law changes created by the 2014 election law and the 2018 Automatic Voter Registration law include early voting, online registration and pre-registration of 16- and 17-year-olds. Get an overview of the most important recent changes to election law and the impact on cities and towns and local voters.

PANELISTS
Marie Ryan is the town clerk in Great Barrington and president of the Massachusetts Town Clerks Association.
Lisa Thomas is the city clerk in Marlborough and president of the Massachusetts City Clerks Association.
Michelle Tassinari is the director and legal counsel for the Elections Division at the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office.