TMHRA Annual Conference

TheTexas Municipal Human Resources Association (TMHRA) is an affiliate of the
TexasMunicipal League.

This conference, sponsored by TMHRA, will provide timely information to address the growing needs of human resources professionals, as well as any other professional charged with the task of providing guidance for a human resources department. As the need to optimize productivity while decreasing liability becomes more important, the types of information delivered through these seminars become increasingly more useful to those who are serious about maintaining effective organizations.

Who Should Attend?

city managers assistant city managers
human resources directors human resource managers
compensation managers benefits managers
risk managers personnel professionals
police chiefs attorneys
city secretaries fire chiefs
any person dealing with employee relations YOU!

Tentative Agenda
(Speakers and sessions are subject to change.)

Wednesday, May 8

8:00 — 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 —8:45 a.m.

Welcome Colleagues

TMHRA President Tadd Phillips, Director of HumanResources, City of McKinney

8:45 —10:15 a.m.

Opening Session
GettingBetter All the Time

PatrickIbarra, Co-Founder and Partner, Mejorando Group, Glendale, Arizona

The future has arrived, and with it, an emergingand transformational role for local government, especially human resourceprofessionals. Today, visionary leaders realize thatplaying it safe is no longer playing it smart. Increased scrutiny,expanding regulations, a shifting political landscape, and significantworkforce challenges add up to a valuable opportunity for leaders to transitionto a new way of doing the public’s business. This session will provide apowerful combination—a sound strategy, along with a series of integratedtactics designed to disrupt the status quo and optimize your capabilities inyour role for the 21st century.

10:15 — 10:30 a.m.

Break

10:30— 11:45 a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Employment Law Track
    TheImpact of Social Media on Recruiting, Hiring, Disciplining, and Firing
    Sheila Gladstone, Principal, LloydGosselink Rochelle & Townsend, PC, Austin
    Sheila willoffer a legal perspective on the current do’s and don’ts of using social mediain employment processes and practices.
  • EmployeeBenefits/Relations Track
    Leadership Development: Building SelfAwareness and Authenticity
    Susan Hampton, Hampton and Associates,Bedford
    Susan will present an introduction tothe attribute index tool and decision making action rules for leveragingnatural talent to achieve peak performance.
  • Human ResourcesStrategy and Best Practices Track (repeated at 2:30 p.m.)
    How to Mitigate Risk Through Human Resources Best Practices
    Darrell Adkerson, Director-Shareholder, Adkerson, Hauder &Bezney, PC, Dallas
    Darrell will share his thoughts on using humanresources best practices as a tool for reducing risk exposure at your city.

11:45 a.m.— 1:00 p.m.

Lunch

1:00 — 2:15 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Employment Law Track
    Volunteer,Contractor, or Employee? The FLSA vs. the IRS
    Lawrence Provins, AssistantCity Attorney, City of Pearland
    How do youdistinguish between volunteers, contractors, and employees? Lawrence willprovide guidance on applying FLSA and IRS regulations to determine the answer.
  • EmployeeBenefits/Relations Track
    Howto Comply with the Affordable Care Act: WhoKnows What that Means?
    Jared S. Pope, Attorney, IPS Advisors, Dallas
    Jared willpresent an interpretation of the law as it relates to your city’s compliance withits implementation in 2014.
  • Human ResourcesStrategy and Best Practices Track
    TheImmigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) IMAGE Certification Process
    Joseph Black, Special Agent,Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Dallas
    Learn fromJoseph how to implement technology and become more efficient as you comply withI-9 certification.

2:15 — 2:30 p.m.

Break

2:30 — 3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Employment Law Track
    What’sthe EEOC Up To?
    Julia Gannaway, Partner, Lynn Ross& Gannaway, LLC, Fort Worth
    Julia will tellyou what she thinks the EEOC is up to these days, as we hear they are ramping up…
  • EmployeeBenefits/Relations Track
    EmployeeAssistance Program: A Benefit Times Two
    Samuel Friedman, LPC, Account Manager, MHNet BehavioralHealth, Plano
    Sam willdiscuss the value to the employee AND the employer of having an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), as well as evolving EAP trends anduses.
  • Human ResourcesStrategy and Best Practices Track (repeatedfrom 10:30 a.m.)
    Howto Mitigate Risk Through HumanResources Best Practices
    Darrell Adkerson, Director-Shareholder, Adkerson, Hauder &Bezney, PC, Dallas
    Darrell will share his thoughts on using humanresources best practices as a tool for reducing risk exposure at your city.

3:45 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Employment Law Track
    AccidentReview Policies: Help or Hindrance?
    Darrel Noga, Partner, Fee Smith Sharp& Vitullo, LLP, Dallas
    Do you have anaccident review policy at your city? Darrel will provide insight on how this mayhelp OR hurt!
  • EmployeeBenefits/Relations Track
    What’s in Your Toolkit? Consulting Tools for Human Resources Practitioners
    Susan Hampton, Hampton and Associates,Bedford
    Susan will provide human resourcestools for your hip pocket. She’ll focus on strategic development planning, post-event/projectfeedback, team building, and communication, plus a bonustool for your kit.
  • Human ResourcesStrategy and Best Practices Track
    DevelopingWorld Class Leadership
    Tom Hart, City Manager, City of Grand Prairie
    Tom will sharehis perspective on leadership development and how it ensures a city’s success.

5:00 p.m.

Meet and Mingle Reception

Extra tickets may be purchased for guests who want to attend the receptions (see Registration Form).

Thursday, May 9

8:00 — 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 — 10:00 a.m.

General Session
Goingthe Distance

Julie Burch, JLH Presentations, Flower Mound

Because we constantly face challenges in our lives to be the bestof the best, Julie will help us see how to achieve our highest goals. You willlaugh, think, and be moved as Julie suggests that, in life, it’s not aboutwinning or the losing, but it’s by going the distance that we achieve ourdreams.

10:00— 10:15 a.m.

Break

10:15— 11:30 a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Employment Law Track (repeatedat 2:15 p.m.)
    TheGuts and Glory of Managing FMLA, ADAAA, and Workers’ Compensation
    Julie Ross, Partner, Lynn Ross& Gannaway, LLC, Fort Worth
    Julie will discuss the ins and outs ofthese three BIGGIES and how they work together, as well as bump against oneanother, in workplace application.
  • EmployeeBenefits/Relations Track (repeatedat 2:15 p.m.)
    RealigningCompensation Plans After the Recession
    DebbieOwen, Technical Director,CPS Human Resource Services, Sacramento, California
    Debbie will share her perspective and expertise on what needs to happenwith compensation plans in our (hopefully)post-recession employment environment.
  • Human ResourcesStrategy and Best Practices Track
    Meetand Confer: Run and Hide, or GetPrepared?
    Elizabeth Provencio, Partner, DentonNavarro Rocha & Bernal, PC, San Antonio
    Liz will give you helpful information andan insightful approach to prepare for meet and confer in your city’s civilservice arena.

11:30 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.

Lunch and TMHRA Awards Ceremony

1:00 — 2:15 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Employment Law Track
    ElectronicInformation, HIPAA, and the HITECH Act: YouCan Fine My City, but Don’t Put Me in Jail!
    Melinda Galler, Director of HumanResources, City of Lewisville
    Melinda will share her experience with implementing technology-relatedtools for electronic informationmanagement in the human resources environment.
  • EmployeeBenefits/Relations Track
    Best Practices in Wellness Programs: APanel Discussion
    Jill McAdams, Human Resources Director, City of Bedford; Michelle Du, Wellness Coordinator, City of Austin and RobbieNeill, Director of Risk Management, City of Garland 
    Wellness programs aim toimprove the health of your employees and their families while reducing yourhealth-related costs as an employer. Low employee engagement is the biggestobstacle to behavior change, and unhealthy behaviors cost companiesbillions.   Panel members will discuss programs and initiatives thatthat they have successfully implemented and that you may be able to use in yourcity to show your employees you value their health.
  • Human ResourcesStrategy and Best Practices Track
    Why Finance and Human Resources Need to Be Buddies!
    MindyPatterson, Director ofFinance, City of Abilene
    Mindy will offer her perspective on thevalue she derives from partnering with human resources in financial managementstrategies.

2:15 — 3:30 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Employment Law Track (repeated from 10:15 a.m.)
    TheGuts and Glory of Managing FMLA, ADAAA, and Workers’ Compensation
    Julie Ross, Partner, Lynn Ross& Gannaway, LLC, Fort Worth
    Julie will discuss the ins and outs ofthese three BIGGIES and how they work together, as well as bump against oneanother, in workplace application.
  • EmployeeBenefits/Relations Track (repeated from 10:15 a.m.)
    RealigningCompensation Plans After the Recession
    DebbieOwen, Technical Director,CPS Human Resource Services, Sacramento, California
    Debbie will share her perspective and expertise on what needs to happenwith compensation plans in our(hopefully) post-recession employment environment.
  • Human ResourcesStrategy and Best Practices Track
    LegislativeUpdate Roundtable
    Julie O’Connell, Human Resources Director, City of NewBraunfels; Kevin Russell, Human Resources Director,City of Georgetown; and Mark Washington, Human Resources Director, City ofAustin
    These TMHRA board members will provideinsight and updates on the current state legislative session as it pertains to thehuman resources arena.

3:30 — 3:45 p.m.

Break

3:45 — 5:00 p.m.

GeneralSession
Health Care Reform: What the Future Holds

Den Bishop, President, Holmes Murphy

As the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act (PPACA)speeds toward its January 2014 full implementation, what does this mean foryou, your employees, and your health care plans? This session will use what’sactually written in the law to forecast its impact in coming years.

6:30 — 10 p.m.

Joinus for a NIGHT OF BOWLING & BILLIARDS at Main EventEntertainment in Frisco.  Free shuttle service from hotel starts at 6:00 PM.
Dinner,drinks, bowling, billiards and laser tag.  Join in the FUN!
Sponsoredby: TMHRA, Holmes Murphy & Associates, CPS HR Consulting, TMLIEBP, TheStandard, Lincoln Financial & Airrosti

Friday, May 10

8:00 — 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:30 — 9:00 a.m.

TMHRA Business Meeting

9:00 — 10:00 a.m.

General Session
Anything and Everything Update – Part I

BettyeLynn, Partner, LynnRoss& Gannaway, LLP

A terrific benefit ofattending the TMHRA Annual Conference is the opportunity to sharpen your saw onemployment law. This always popular session is presented by longtime TMHRA friendand colleague, Bettye Lynn. The session will cover court cases of note aroundthe country that have either established case law or are worth watching to seetheir outcomes and impact on employment law and human resources bestpractices.

10:00 — 10:15 a.m.

Break

10:15—11:00 a.m.

Anything and EverythingUpdate – Part II

BettyeLynn, Partner, LynnRoss& Gannaway, LLP

11:00 a.m. — Noon

Closing Session

Patrick Ibarra, Co-Founder and Partner, Mejorando Group, Glendale, Arizona

As the annual conference draws to a close, and you've had the opportunity to network with colleagues, catch up with old friends, and get re-energized about applying the wonderful tools and techniques you learned at the conference in your workplace, you will face a challenge: on Monday, you return to work with the possibility of your energy fading. What do you do to remain vigilant in your role as a catalyst for change and help your organization’s workforce get better all the time? Patrick Ibarra will translate the TMHRA Annual Conference and provide a series of targeted actions you can immediately pursue to accelerate your personal speed limit and drive positive change back at work.

A Special Thank You to the Conference Program Committee!

Ronnie Kidd, Chair KevinRussell, Co-Chair
Jill McAdams Debbie Maynor
Craig Barnes (Awards) Lisa Norris
Cheree’ Bontrager JulieO’Connell
Martha Butz Tadd Phillips
Melinda Galler MarkWashington (Sponsors)
Bonita Hall Lavern Gaines (TML)

General Information

REGISTRATION FEE

The fee includesall conference sessions; Wednesday continental breakfast, lunch, and eveningreception; Thursday continental breakfast, lunch, and evening reception; Fridaycontinental breakfast; and all scheduled refreshment breaks. A one-day registration fee for Wednesday or Thursdayis also available. Please see theregistration form for specific rates.

CANCELLATION AND SUBSTITUTION POLICY

If you are registered and cannot attend, we encourage youto send a substitute. If you cannot send a substitute, a $45 cancellation feewill be assessed if written cancellation is e-mailed to acct@tml.org by April 19. No refunds will be honored after April 19.

HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS

The conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Dallas-Frisco Hotel, Convention Center and Spa, located at 7600 John Q. Hammons Drive in Frisco. To make reservations, please call the hotel toll-free at 800-921-1443 or 972-963-9175 and ask for the TMHRA Annual Conference room block. A rate of $145 single/double per night is available until April 19 or until the room block is full.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT

Elected officials can earn credit hours toward a Texas Municipal League Institute certificate for participation in the TMHRA Annual Conference. CEU forms will be available on site.

SEMINAR MATERIALS

TMHRA does not provide handouts of speaker papers or printed materials of any kind at the seminar. Instead, TMHRA will put all speaker papers on the TMHRA Web site at www.tmhra.org (under "Seminar Materials") for attendees to download in advance, if they so desire.

CONFIRMATION/BADGE

Your confirmation and conference badge will be mailed to you in advance. PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR CONFIRMATION AND BADGE TO THE CONFERENCE.

SPECIAL ACCOMODATIONS:

On the registration form, let us know if you need special assistance of any kind. WE WANT TO HELP! Thank you.

DRESS CODE:

The conference dress code is CASUAL. Remember, the weather will be hot outside, so dress for comfort. Be sure to bring a sweater or jacket to the sessions, in the event the rooms are cool.

QUESTIONS?

You may contact the TML Affiliate ServicesDepartment in the following ways:

  1. Phone: 512-231-7400
  2. Fax: 512-231-7494
  3. E-mail: tmhra@tml.org
  4. Write to: 1821 Rutherford Lane, Suite 400, Austin, Texas 78754-5101

REGISTER NOW

  1. Register online for the TMHRA Annual Conference now.
  2. Mail this form with payment to:
    TML Administrative Services
    1821 Rutherford Lane, Suite 400
    Austin, TX 78754-5101