2017 Convention: Session A Workshop Descriptions
Learn what your colleagues can share about navigating the challenges of working in local government, with hot topics ranging from business retention in your community, the opioid epidemic, officer involved shootings, ADA, FMLA, Workers' Compensation, different generations in the workplace, social media and electronic communication, economic development, internal controls, prescription drug trends, collective bargaining, crisis communications, and much, much more.
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A1 Creating a Business Retention and Expansion Program in your Community - Co-sponsored by Eversource
Existing businesses provide the majority of a new job growth in a community. Establishing a Business Retention and Expansion Program (BRE) is critical to a successful economic development effort. This session will explain the different approaches to BRE and how it can be conducted even if you do not have a fulltime economic developer.
A2 Opioids: America’s Worst Drug Epidemic - Co-sponsored by Gregory & Howe, Inc.
According to the DEA, opioid addiction has reached epidemic levels, and FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in 2017 opioid addiction had become the “FDA’s biggest crisis.” Join us for an informative session where we will discuss both national and local initiatives that have been introduced to study the opioid epidemic as well as potential medical treatment options.
A3 Officer Involved Shootings: Building Trust and Reducing Liability Through Understanding - Co-sponsored by Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management (CIRMA)
This session will review findings from the Washington Post and statistics from the FBI’s database on officer-involved shooting deaths and the nature of police shootings. Common myths and misunderstanding about police shootings will be discussed such as the percentage of police shootings that involve unarmed people and whether police should use deadly force against people inside a motor vehicle. Participants will learn the facts and the law as it pertains to police shootings and participate in a discussion on what public officials can do after critical incidents to reach out and maintain relationships with their community leaders.
A4 Navigating the ADA, FMLA and Workers’ Compensation Maze - Co-sponsored by Pullman & Comley, LLC
This session will address employment situations that involve the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Worker’s Compensation Act. Navigating the interaction and overlap between these three laws can be treacherous, and a municipality’s obligations can at times be difficult to discern and confusing. Attendees will learn how to analyze situations that implicate ADA, FMLA, and Workers Compensation laws and regulations, and how they impact a municipality’s policies and procedures. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of what municipalities must do to adapt, comply, and avoid legal exposure.
A5 Ensuring 911 Calls for Ambulance Service Don’t Go Unanswered - Co-sponsored by Emergency Resource Management
Municipal leaders often do not directly operate or oversee ambulance service, however they are ultimately responsible and accountable to assure it is provided. This session will provide an understanding of the legal responsibilities and obligations to assuring proper EMS coverage in your communities. In addition, we will explore the options and process for assuring your town’s ambulance is responding to all 911 calls.
A6 State Commissioners’ Panel
Municipal officials often long for direct access to state agency heads to obtain clarity on requirements or to expedite required procedures. This session will provide local officials the opportunity to learn how budget reductions to state agencies will impact towns and cities and how state agencies are working to continue to provide key services to municipalities in light of these reductions. Local officials are looking to learn how more can be done with less through “red tape” reduction and improved efficiency. Be a part of this important discussion on improving the State-Local Partnership with key State Commissioners!
A7 Managing Different Generations in the Workplace - Co-sponsored by Leadership Dynamics, Inc.
Generations Colliding: Problems can arise from differing mindsets and communication styles of workers born in different eras. Frictions may be aggravated by new technology and work patterns that mix workers of different ages. The key is to be able to effectively address and take advantage of the differences in values and expectations of each generation. But experts say managers must be careful not to follow blanket stereotypes. This session will cover ways to handle these issues.