Human Resources for Small Communities

Join us for three one-hour long webinars over three days focusing on Human Resources for Small Communities.

WMCA credit eligible!

November 9-11, 2021
10AM each day

Registration Fee:  $50.00

Tuesday, November 9, 2021                 10AM
Best Practices for Municipal Staff Recruiting, presented by Elizabeth Yanke, Member Services Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities and Jenny Kosek, Economic Development Specialist, City of West Allis

Elizabeth and Jenny will share best practices for writing solid job descriptions, creative ideas for drawing in more candidates and writing behavioral based interview questions. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2021         10AM
On Boarding Municipal Employees, Panel: Morgan Tauschek, Senior HR Generalist, City of Wisconsin Rapids; Inga Cushman, Administrative Services Director, City of Milton

This panel will discuss best practices in onboarding municipal employees. From what forms to collect, to what files to create, to how to integrate new hires into your culture.

Thursday, November 11, 2021 10AM
Guidelines for Crafting an Employee Handbook, presented by Attorney Lisa Bergersen 
Employee handbooks are essential for protecting employers in litigation, orienting new employees to the expectations of the workplace, and establishing policies and procedures that govern terms and conditions of employment for all staff. While handbooks are a necessary tool, there are legal and practical considerations to ensure they are written and administered correctly.  In this presentation, attendees will learn about:

  1. Legal considerations of handbooks 
  2. What should and should not be included in handbooks
  3. Who should be covered by the employee handbook
  4. How to administer the handbook (updates, acknowledgements, and more)

Presented by Lisa Bergersen, JD, SPHR SHRM-SCP – Lisa is a licensed attorney with 18 years of employment law practice experience and 15 years’ experience as an HR practitioner and consultant. Lisa served 11 years as Director of Human Resources for the City of Pewaukee.

Registration for Fall HR for Small Communities

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Previous Event - March 2021 Agenda

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Managing Conflict in the Workplace
Presented by Elizabeth Yanke, MBA, Project Manager, League of Wisconsin Municipalities

This presentation will cover best practices for addressing conflict in the workplace as well as why it is important to do so. We will share a simplified how-to on coaching a coworker who brings an issue to your desk. And we will cover how to address an issue yourself using a script following the S.B.I. Model (Situation, Behavior, Impact).

Managing Conflict Presentation (PDF) 

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Legal & Practical Considerations of Workplace Documentation
Presented by Lisa Bergersen, JD, AWI-CH, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Founder, EngageHR Law

This presentation will examine the importance of documentation that employers and supervisors must maintain, with a focus on keeping the organization out of legal trouble and positioning it well in the event of a legal proceeding. Topics include:

  • Best practices for documenting performance and disciplinary situations
  • Avoiding common documentation mistakes
  • Legally-required documentation
  • Retention requirements
  • Access to personnel records

At the conclusion of the session, you will:

  • Understand the responsibilities and importance of proper personnel documentation
  • Recognize employment situations and laws that require specific documents
  • Know how to document effectively

Workplace Documentation Presentation (PDF)  

Thursday, March 18, 2021

ADA, Title I Compliance

Join us for a panel discussion with David Bailey, MsEPL, IPMA-CP, ADAC, Director of Administrative Services, City of New Berlin; Robin Jones, MPA, Director, Great Lakes ADA Center, Instructor, UI, Chicago; and Rebecca Rabatin, ADAC, ADA Coordinator, City of Milwaukee, as they clarify important terms regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act and the requirements on the municipal employer. 

ADA Presentation (PDF) 

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