2017 Convention: Session C 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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C1 The New Economic Reality: The Impact It Will Have on Collective Bargaining - Co-sponsored by Kainen, Escalera & McHale, PC and the Connecticut Public Employers Labor Relations Association (ConnPERLA)
This workshop will consist of an interactive discussion of the New Economic Reality resulting from Connecticut’s extended, recessive economy and the State’s discussions related to shifting costs to local government. The presenter will address the personnel cost-cutting options available to municipal employers in the event such State subsidies are discontinued and the collective bargaining implications of each alternative. The presenter also will discuss the collective bargaining implications of decisions to privatize and/or regionalize public services as well as the municipal employer’s rights to layoff, furlough and/or reduce hours of bargaining unit employees. Finally the presenter will address changes to collective bargaining rules that will allow local government to be able to respond to the new economic circumstances.
C2 Control, Care, Communicate - The Three Cs of Managing a Public Crisis - Co-sponsored by Sullivan & LeShane
While a public crisis is something we rarely see coming, there is no reason why we can’t be prepared to manage it should one ever arise. We plan for our future, we plan for our families, we plan for a rainy day – why shouldn’t a business or organization have a plan in place in case they are ever thrust into the public spotlight for all the wrong reasons? No one wants to think of the worst case scenario happening – an act of workplace violence, a natural disaster, a major lawsuit, an employee strike or the arrest of a prominent official, to name just a few – but when that day does come, having a policy in place to manage it puts you in a much better position to weather the storm. Today’s presentation will focus on proper crisis communications protocols and the essential “three Cs” of crisis management – you must bring the situation under control, you must show the public you care, and you must properly communicate your message(s) to the public.
C3 The Cyber Threat Landscape for State and Local Governments and Federally Funded Cybersecurity Resources - Co-sponsored by Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC)
We will explore the various cyber threats and the actors behind them that are posing a danger to our nation’s State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial governments and then discuss some of the resources that are available to assist at no cost to governments.
C4 The Fight Against Blight - Co-sponsored by Murtha Cullina LLP
Are you dealing with complaints about blighted properties? In this interactive workshop, we will discuss what every good blight ordinance needs to be effective, the legal implications of enforcement and remediation and other practical advice on how to avoid getting bogged down in the weeds.
C5 Social Security With You Through Life’s Journey - Co-sponsored by the Social Security Administration
All CT municipalities will have a good number of individuals eligible to retire over the next few years. This session will provide an overview of all programs such as Retirement, Disability, Survivors, Spousal, and Medicare Benefits so that attendees are more comfortable to maneuver through the Social Security process as well as help you understand what is available to you. The session will also include an overview of online services, distribution of program materials, plus time for Q & A.
C6 GASB 74 and 75: New OPEB Accounting Standards - Co-sponsored by Segal Consulting and the Government Finance Officers Association of Connecticut (CT GFOA)
New OPEB accounting standards will take effect in the next year. The new statements are similar to the revised pension accounting standards (Statements 67 and 68). This session will focus on the major changes coming with the new statements, including reporting of OPEB liability and expense, new requirement for cost sharing plans, determination of discount rate, and expanded disclosure requirements.
C7 Keeping Your Communities Healthy: The Delivery of Local Public Health and What Municipal Leaders Need to Know - Co-sponsored by Connecticut Association of Directors of Health (CADH)
A panel of health directors from both municipal health departments and health districts, all that serve a range of populations, will provide a look at how local public health is delivered, funded, and what the future of local public health could be in Connecticut.