• Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 12/15/2022 at 9:00 AM (EST)

    In this virtual class, you will learn how to print W-2s and 1099s and file all year-end taxes and reports with the Internal Revenue Service and state agencies.

    In this virtual class, you will learn how to print W-2s and 1099s and file all year-end taxes and reports with the Internal Revenue Service and state agencies.

    * This instruction is based on the QuickBooks Desktop application, not the online version.

    Qualifies for 3 PMGA Administration Point 

    Date: 

                   December 15, 2022 

    Time: 

                    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

     

    Registration Fee: 

                    Member* -  $ 55.00 

                    Non-Member –  $ 75.00 

                     

                 *PSATS Member = Registrant has paid current annual membership dues to PSATS or one of its professional associations (e.g., Township Emergency Management Association, Township Engineers Association, Township Planners Association, Township Solicitors Association, or the Pa. Assoc. of Zoning Officials). 

    CANCELLATIONS/REFUNDS / NO SHOW POLICY: 

    Cancellations must be in writing, and can be sent to us by email to cancellations@psats.org; by fax to (717) 763-9732; or by mail to PSATS Education Program, 4855 Woodland Drive, Enola, PA, 17025. Refunds will be determined by the sent date of the notice. 
    Refunds for cancelling a webinar at any time will be subject to a $10 processing fee.  
    For classes, (in-person and virtual), refunds for a cancellation sent to us between 10 and 2 business days before the class you are registered for will be subject to a $20 processing fee. Those who cancel within two business days of the class you are registered for, or do not attend, forfeit the full registration fee which, if unpaid, will be invoiced. 

     
    ACCESSIBILITY & OTHER NEEDS: 

    If you require alternate format, sign language, or have other needs, please contact PSATS directly (717) 763-0930, x-159. 

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 12/13/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    If you are unsure whether you have everything ready for your township's 2023 Organization Meeting, required to be held the first Monday of January, then make sure to attend this webinar. Holly Fishel of PSATS will review best practices and checklists to help ensure that your township has a smooth organization meeting.

    If you are unsure whether you have everything ready for your township's 2023 Organization Meeting, required to be held the first Monday of January, then make sure to attend this webinar. Holly Fishel of PSATS will review best practices and checklists to help ensure that your township has a smooth organization meeting.

    Qualifies for 1 PMGA Administration Point

    Date:

                   December 13, 2022

    Time:

                    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Registration Fee:

                    Member* -  $ 30.00

                    Non-Member –  $ 40.00

                    

                 *PSATS Member = Registrant has paid current annual membership dues to PSATS or one of its professional associations (e.g., Township Emergency Management Association, Township Engineers Association, Township Planners Association, Township Solicitors Association, or the Pa. Assoc. of Zoning Officials).

    CANCELLATIONS/REFUNDS / NO SHOW POLICY:

    Cancellations must be in writing, and can be sent to us by email to cancellations@psats.org; by fax to (717) 763-9732; or by mail to PSATS Education Program, 4855 Woodland Drive, Enola, PA, 17025. Refunds will be determined by the sent date of the notice.
    Refunds for cancelling a webinar at any time will be subject to a $10 processing fee. 
    For classes, (in-person and virtual), refunds for a cancellation sent to us between 10 and 2 business days before the class you are registered for will be subject to a $20 processing fee. Those who cancel within two business days of the class you are registered for, or do not attend, forfeit the full registration fee which, if unpaid, will be invoiced.


    ACCESSIBILITY & OTHER NEEDS:

    If you require alternate format, sign language, or have other needs, please contact PSATS directly (717) 763-0930, x-159.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live In-Person Event on 12/05/2022 at 9:00 AM (EST)

    This class is a must-attend for anyone who has responsibility for HR and personnel management in their township. In this seminar, the team from Eckert Seamans will detail what to expect in human resources and labor relations.

    This class is a must-attend for anyone who has responsibility for HR and personnel management in their township. In this seminar, the team from Eckert Seamans will detail what to expect in human resources and labor relations.

    Qualifies for 5 PMGA Administrative Points

    Eligible for 5 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits

    Agenda:

    The agenda for this event will include the following topics:

     

    • And Then This Happened: The Year in Review (Plus….A Look Ahead) - This session focuses on developments in labor and employment law over the past year.  We will discuss recent employment law cases that affect townships of all sizes.  Given the pace of change in 2022 so far, an hour may not be sufficient time to cover all the developments in this fluid area of the law. We will also discuss how the recent state and federal elections may impact the world of municipal employment in the coming years.

     

    • Correcting Employees – What Works and What Does Not - We will discuss the steps necessary to hold employees accountable and to, when necessary, impose appropriate discipline.  We will discuss the law on employee supervision, rules about which employees can be held accountable and outline best practices on how to improve the personnel function in your township so that you get the best out of any employee.

     

    • Social Media and the Public Sector Workplace - The use (and more often misuse) of social media by employees has been a substantial issue in determining whether an employee’s social media posts (both on and off duty) can either be regulated by an employer.  We will cover all the rules necessary to determine when an individual’s online posts can be subject to discipline and when they cannot.

     

    • Medical Marijuana in the Workplace - Employers are seeing an increase in individuals seeking to use medical marijuana cards across all industries.  Many townships have seen the same increase.  In this session, we discuss best practices to address employees who test positive for drugs and how to engage on the issue of legalized marijuana use in the public sector.

     

    • Employment Contracts, Agreements, Side Letters, and “Understandings” - Many individual employees have different working arrangements with townships including “contracts” which may or may not be legal.  We will break down who in a township can have a contract and what agreements with employees are binding and why.  We will examine common misunderstandings regarding what employers can—and cannot—do.

     

    • Municipal Employment Jeopardy - Moderated by PSATS staff, Eckert lawyers and their teams will compete against each other to earn bragging rights by answering questions about labor and employment law.  Yes, there will be a Daily Double.

    Date:

                   December 5, 2022

    Time:

                  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Location:

                     Lycoming County
                     Holiday Inn Williamsport
                     100 Pine Street
                     Williamsport, PA 17701

    Registration Fee:

                    Member* -  $ 99.00

                    Non-Member –  $ 125.00

                    CLE Credits - $ 75.00

                    

                 *PSATS Member = Registrant has paid current annual membership dues to PSATS or one of its professional associations (e.g., Township Emergency Management Association, Township Engineers Association, Township Planners Association, Township Solicitors Association, or the Pa. Assoc. of Zoning Officials).

    CANCELLATIONS/REFUNDS / NO SHOW POLICY:

    Cancellations must be in writing, and can be sent to us by email to cancellations@psats.org; by fax to (717) 763-9732; or by mail to PSATS Education Program, 4855 Woodland Drive, Enola, PA, 17025. Refunds will be determined by the sent date of the notice.
    Refunds for cancelling a webinar at any time will be subject to a $10 processing fee. 
    For classes, (in-person and virtual), refunds for a cancellation sent to us between 10 and 2 business days before the class you are registered for will be subject to a $20 processing fee. Those who cancel within two business days of the class you are registered for, or do not attend, forfeit the full registration fee which, if unpaid, will be invoiced.


    ACCESSIBILITY & OTHER NEEDS:

    If you require alternate format, sign language, or have other needs, please contact PSATS directly (717) 763-0930, x-159.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/30/2022 at 12:00 PM (EST)

    Do you struggle with finding answers in the Second Class Township Code? Or, do you wonder if your township’s practices actually match up with the law’s requirements? Through this webinar, which will be set in a fun, game-style setting, you will become more comfortable with the Second Class Township Code and how it is organized and at the same time learn some new, or possibly forgotten, key aspects that will help you do your job in a more efficient and accurate manner.

    Do you struggle with finding answers in the Second Class Township Code? Or, do you wonder if your township’s practices actually match up with the law’s requirements? Through this webinar, which will be set in a fun, game-style setting, you will become more comfortable with the Second Class Township Code and how it is organized and at the same time learn some new, or possibly forgotten, key aspects that will help you do your job in a more efficient and accurate manner.  

    Qualifies for 1 PMGA Administration Point

    Eligible for 1 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit

    Date:

                   November 30, 2022

    Time:

                    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Registration Fee:

                    Member* -  $ 30.00

                    Non-Member –  $ 40.00

                    CLE Credit - $ 15.00

                    

                 *PSATS Member = Registrant has paid current annual membership dues to PSATS or one of its professional associations (e.g., Township Emergency Management Association, Township Engineers Association, Township Planners Association, Township Solicitors Association, or the Pa. Assoc. of Zoning Officials).

    CANCELLATIONS/REFUNDS / NO SHOW POLICY:

    Cancellations must be in writing, and can be sent to us by email to cancellations@psats.org; by fax to (717) 763-9732; or by mail to PSATS Education Program, 4855 Woodland Drive, Enola, PA, 17025. Refunds will be determined by the sent date of the notice.
    Refunds for cancelling a webinar at any time will be subject to a $10 processing fee. 
    For classes, (in-person and virtual), refunds for a cancellation sent to us between 10 and 2 business days before the class you are registered for will be subject to a $20 processing fee. Those who cancel within two business days of the class you are registered for, or do not attend, forfeit the full registration fee which, if unpaid, will be invoiced.


    ACCESSIBILITY & OTHER NEEDS:

    If you require alternate format, sign language, or have other needs, please contact PSATS directly (717) 763-0930, x-159.

  • Contains 8 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/16/2022 at 12:00 PM (EST)

    In this webinar, Tricia Springer, an experienced practitioner before the Office of Open Records, will provide the latest insight into what is confidential and what cannot be considered confidential in the workplace. She will use real world examples to make sure that your records are properly protected. She will also discuss the increasing use of electronic data in the workplace and who can access that data.

    In this webinar, Tricia Springer, an experienced practitioner before the Office of Open Records, will provide the latest insight into what is confidential and what cannot be considered confidential in the workplace. She will use real world examples to make sure that your records are properly protected.  She will also discuss the increasing use of electronic data in the workplace and who can access that data.

    Qualifies for 1 PMGA Administration Point

    Eligible for 1 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit

    Date:

                   November 16, 2022

    Time:

                    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Registration Fee:

                    Member* -  $ 30.00

                    Non-Member –  $ 40.00

                    CLE Credit - $ 15.00

                    

                 *PSATS Member = Registrant has paid current annual membership dues to PSATS or one of its professional associations (e.g., Township Emergency Management Association, Township Engineers Association, Township Planners Association, Township Solicitors Association, or the Pa. Assoc. of Zoning Officials).

    CANCELLATIONS/REFUNDS / NO SHOW POLICY:

    Cancellations must be in writing, and can be sent to us by email to cancellations@psats.org; by fax to (717) 763-9732; or by mail to PSATS Education Program, 4855 Woodland Drive, Enola, PA, 17025. Refunds will be determined by the sent date of the notice.
    Refunds for cancelling a webinar at any time will be subject to a $10 processing fee. 
    For classes, (in-person and virtual), refunds for a cancellation sent to us between 10 and 2 business days before the class you are registered for will be subject to a $20 processing fee. Those who cancel within two business days of the class you are registered for, or do not attend, forfeit the full registration fee which, if unpaid, will be invoiced.


    ACCESSIBILITY & OTHER NEEDS:

    If you require alternate format, sign language, or have other needs, please contact PSATS directly (717) 763-0930, x-159.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live In-Person Event on 11/15/2022 at 9:00 AM (EST)

    This class is a must-attend for anyone who has responsibility for HR and personnel management in their township. In this seminar, the team from Eckert Seamans will detail what to expect in human resources and labor relations.

    This class is a must-attend for anyone who has responsibility for HR and personnel management in their township. In this seminar, the team from Eckert Seamans will detail what to expect in human resources and labor relations.

    Qualifies for 5 PMGA Administrative Points

    Eligible for 5 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits

    Agenda:

    The agenda for this event will include the following topics, several of which will be offered as breakout sessions:

     

    • And Then This Happened: The Year in Review (Plus….a Look Ahead) - This session focuses on developments in labor and employment law over the past year.  We will discuss recent employment law cases that affect townships of all sizes.  Given the pace of change in 2022 so far, an hour may not be sufficient time to cover all the developments in this fluid area of the law. We will also discuss how the recent state and federal elections may impact the world of municipal employment in the coming years.

     

    • Correcting Employees – What Works and What Does Not - We will discuss the steps necessary to hold employees accountable and to, when necessary, impose appropriate discipline.  We will discuss the law on employee supervision, rules about which employees can be held accountable and outline best practices on how to improve the personnel function in your township so that you get the best out of any employee.

     

    • Social Media and the Public Sector Workplace - The use (and more often misuse) of social media by employees has been a substantial issue in determining whether an employee’s social media posts (both on and off duty) can either be regulated by an employer.  We will cover all the rules necessary to determine when an individual’s online posts can be subject to discipline and when they cannot.

     

    • Medical Marijuana in the Workplace - Employers are seeing an increase in individuals seeking to use medical marijuana cards across all industries.  Many townships have seen the same increase.  In this session, we discuss best practices to address employees who test positive for drugs and how to engage on the issue of legalized marijuana use in the public sector.

     

    • Employment Contracts, Agreements, Side Letters, and “Understandings” - Many individual employees have different working arrangements with townships including “contracts” which may or may not be legal.  We will break down who in a township can have a contract and what agreements with employees are binding and why.  We will examine common misunderstandings regarding what employers can—and cannot—do.

     

    • Selecting and Training Supervisors - Most townships have a limited staff.  How do you select the manager or supervisor that will get the most out of a small staff?  What does that person need to know?  We will examine common issues with selection and training that can either elevate a workforce or make life much more difficult.  The goal is to identify a way in which selection and training can result in a net positive for the office.

     

    • Difficult Words and Difficult Conversations - These days what you say can get you in trouble.  Using best practices, we will explain what you can say in the workplace and which conversations will get you in legal trouble.  We will apply that across the spectrum from hiring to termination and everything in between using examples from cases we have tried.

     

    • Municipal Employment Jeopardy - Moderated by PSATS staff, Eckert lawyers and their teams will compete against each other to earn bragging rights by answering questions about labor and employment law.  Yes, there will be a Daily Double.

    Date:

                   November 15, 2022

    Time:

                  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Location:

                     Montgomery County
                     Holiday Inn Lansdale
                     1750 Sumneytown Pike
                     Kulpsville, PA 19943

    Registration Fee:

                    Member* -  $ 99.00

                    Non-Member –  $ 125.00

                    CLE Credits - $ 75.00

                    

                 *PSATS Member = Registrant has paid current annual membership dues to PSATS or one of its professional associations (e.g., Township Emergency Management Association, Township Engineers Association, Township Planners Association, Township Solicitors Association, or the Pa. Assoc. of Zoning Officials).

    CANCELLATIONS/REFUNDS / NO SHOW POLICY:

    Cancellations must be in writing, and can be sent to us by email to cancellations@psats.org; by fax to (717) 763-9732; or by mail to PSATS Education Program, 4855 Woodland Drive, Enola, PA, 17025. Refunds will be determined by the sent date of the notice.
    Refunds for cancelling a webinar at any time will be subject to a $10 processing fee. 
    For classes, (in-person and virtual), refunds for a cancellation sent to us between 10 and 2 business days before the class you are registered for will be subject to a $20 processing fee. Those who cancel within two business days of the class you are registered for, or do not attend, forfeit the full registration fee which, if unpaid, will be invoiced.


    ACCESSIBILITY & OTHER NEEDS:

    If you require alternate format, sign language, or have other needs, please contact PSATS directly (717) 763-0930, x-159.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live In-Person Event on 11/10/2022 at 9:30 AM (EST)

    This seminar will cover a wide variety of emerging and important trends and issues vital to the practice of every municipal solicitor. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from experts and network with your peers from around the state.

    This seminar will cover a wide variety of emerging and important trends and issues vital to the practice of every municipal solicitor. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from experts and network with your peers from around the state.

    This class is eligible for 5 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits.

    9:30 AM A Wawa in My Backyard? Lessons from a Recent Land Use Appeal

    Catherine M. “Kate” Harper, Esquire, Timoney Knox LLP

    This session will focus on the Commonwealth Court’s recent decision in Conshohocken Borough v. Conshohocken Borough ZHB, which involved the proposed development of a Wawa in a residential/office zoning district. The case addressed numerous issues, including: (1) spot zoning; (2) advertising deficiencies; (3) a bias challenge; and (4) expert issues, that municipal solicitors are likely to face with their own clients.

    10:30 AM Best Practices for Buying and Selling Municipal Real Estate

    Thomas H. Dinkelacker, Esquire, Norris McLaughlin P.A.

    This presentation will address buying and selling municipal real estate from the municipal perspective. The focus will be on the obligations of municipalities under the Second Class Township Code with relevant comparisons to the First Class Township and Borough Codes.  Other generally applicable statutes and caselaw will be discussed.  Statutes include the Eminent Domain Code, Donated and Dedicated Property Act, and Pennsylvania’s “No-Bid” law (Act 78 of 1979).

    11:30 AM Break

    11:40 AM  The Top Misconceptions in Public Sector Labor Law

    Ryan Cassidy, Esquire and Scott Blissman, Esquire

    Many misconceptions and pitfalls exist in the public sector labor law arena.  Although these misconceptions might initially “sound right,” they can potentially result in economic, operational and strategic loss to the public employer. During this session, experienced labor lawyers will explore some of the common labor misconceptions that solicitors encounter in advising elected bodies and discuss how following the misconceptions can negatively impact the municipality.   The presenters will also identify the best practices for these issues. This engaging session will be a great resource for solicitors who advise public bodies and who want to learn to spot and avoid common pitfalls.

    12:40 PM Lunch

    1:20 PM Recent Case Law Update

    Joan E. London, Esquire, Kozloff Stoudt

    This session will cover all of new decisions from the Pennsylvania appellate courts and federal courts that are of interest to solicitors.

    2:20 PM Break

    2:30 PM Best Practices in Police Department Management

    Christopher P. Gerber, Esquire, Andrew M. Rongaus, Esquire, & Sheryl L. Brown, Esquire, Siana Law

    Armed with decades of experience representing police and government officials in federal civil rights lawsuits and labor and employment disputes, the presenters offer a comprehensive perspective of the internal affairs process that is unique to Pennsylvania municipal police departments.

    This session will include discussion on:

    · The roles of elected officials, managers, solicitors, private investigators and unions;

    · Federal and state law protections afforded to municipal police officers who are suspected of committing misconduct and/or neglect of duty;

    · Pitfalls to avoid during internal affairs investigations that can lead to costly litigation;

    · How to draft and execute separation agreements with police officers while complying with the new reporting requirements under Act 57.

    3:30 PM Adjournment

    Date:

                   November 10, 2022

    Time:

                  9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Location:

                   Doubletree by Hilton Plymouth Meeting
                   640 Fountain Road
                   Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

    Registration Fee:

                    Member* -  $ 175.00

                    Non-Member –  $ 225.00                                

                 *PSATS Member = Registrant has paid current annual membership dues to PSATS or one of its professional associations (e.g., Township Emergency Management Association, Township Engineers Association, Township Planners Association, Township Solicitors Association, or the Pa. Assoc. of Zoning Officials).

    CANCELLATIONS/REFUNDS / NO SHOW POLICY:

    Cancellations must be in writing, and can be sent to us by email to cancellations@psats.org; by fax to (717) 763-9732; or by mail to PSATS Education Program, 4855 Woodland Drive, Enola, PA, 17025. Refunds will be determined by the sent date of the notice.
    Refunds for cancelling a webinar at any time will be subject to a $10 processing fee. 
    For classes, (in-person and virtual), refunds for a cancellation sent to us between 10 and 2 business days before the class you are registered for will be subject to a $20 processing fee. Those who cancel within two business days of the class you are registered for, or do not attend, forfeit the full registration fee which, if unpaid, will be invoiced.


    ACCESSIBILITY & OTHER NEEDS:

    If you require alternate format, sign language, or have other needs, please contact PSATS directly (717) 763-0930, x-159.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 11/09/2022 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    This virtual class is broken out into two half-day sessions. Join us as we discover the benefits of using the Account Payable-A/P and Accounts Receivable-A/R System in QuickBooks. We will walk you thru step by step on Entering Bills, Paying Bills, Credits and reports for paying all of those Monthly Expenses then we will dive into using Sales Receipts for entering all Deposits to get historical information on customers at your fingertips. Next we will learn about Invoicing , Batch invoicing and the process of Receiving payments and making deposits.

    This virtual class is broken out into two half-day sessions. Join us as we discover the benefits of using the  Account Payable-A/P and Accounts Receivable-A/R  System in QuickBooks. We will walk you thru step by step on Entering Bills, Paying Bills, Credits and reports for paying all of those Monthly Expenses then we will dive into using Sales Receipts for entering all Deposits to get historical information on customers at your fingertips. Next we will learn about Invoicing , Batch invoicing and the process of Receiving payments and making deposits.

    * This instruction is based on the QuickBooks Desktop application, not the online version.

    Qualifies for 6 PMGA Administration Point 

    Date: 

                     November 9, 2022 - Session 1

                 November 10, 2022 - Session 2

    Time: 

                      1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Session 1

                  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Session 2

    Registration Fee: 

                    Member* -  $ 135.00 

                    Non-Member –  $ 185.00 

                     

                 *PSATS Member = Registrant has paid current annual membership dues to PSATS or one of its professional associations (e.g., Township Emergency Management Association, Township Engineers Association, Township Planners Association, Township Solicitors Association, or the Pa. Assoc. of Zoning Officials). 

    CANCELLATIONS/REFUNDS / NO SHOW POLICY: 

    Cancellations must be in writing, and can be sent to us by email to cancellations@psats.org; by fax to (717) 763-9732; or by mail to PSATS Education Program, 4855 Woodland Drive, Enola, PA, 17025. Refunds will be determined by the sent date of the notice. 
    Refunds for cancelling a webinar at any time will be subject to a $10 processing fee.  
    For classes, (in-person and virtual), refunds for a cancellation sent to us between 10 and 2 business days before the class you are registered for will be subject to a $20 processing fee. Those who cancel within two business days of the class you are registered for, or do not attend, forfeit the full registration fee which, if unpaid, will be invoiced. 

     
    ACCESSIBILITY & OTHER NEEDS: 

    If you require alternate format, sign language, or have other needs, please contact PSATS directly (717) 763-0930, x-159. 

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live In-Person Event on 11/01/2022 at 9:00 AM (EDT)

    PSATS’ Regional Forums are back! This series of full-day educational sessions is scheduled for multiple locations statewide. Learn more about issues that matter to your community, discuss common interests with other local leaders, earn PMGA and other professional credits, and attend specialized workshops designed for township officials. This educational event will be the perfect opportunity to hear from experts on the local issues that matter to you and your municipality.

    PSATS’ Regional Forums are back! This series of full-day educational sessions is scheduled for multiple locations statewide. Learn more about issues that matter to your community, discuss common interests with other local leaders, earn PMGA and other professional credits, and attend specialized workshops designed for township officials. This educational event will be the perfect opportunity to hear from experts on the local issues that matter to you and your municipality.

    Agenda:

    9:00 - 9:15 a.m. 

    Welcome and Introductions 

    David M. Sanko, Executive Director, PSATS, and Scott E. Coburn, Esquire, Counsel & Director of Education, PSATS 

     

    9:15 - 10:15 a.m.  

    * Update on Municipal Labor and Employment Issues 

    This session will catch you up on all sorts of issues impacting municipal employers and answer your questions about handling employee leave, overtime and other pay issues, discipline, and much more. 

    Joan E. London, Esquire and Allen Gehring, Esquire, Kozloff Stoudt 

    * Operational and Financial Considerations for Electric Vehicles 

    This session will feature a panel discussion on the operational and financial issues that municipalities must consider involving the use of electric vehicles within their borders, including zoning considerations, methods to encourage placement of charging stations, and choosing providers for EV charging stations for municipal and public use. 

    Scott Petri, Principal, ParkTrans Solutions, LLC, and Kevin Woznicki, Principal, ParkTrans Solutions, LLC 

     

    10:25 - 11:25 a.m. (choose one)  

    * A Holistic Approach to Stormwater Capital Planning 

    By viewing stormwater as a utility, Bethlehem Township in Northampton County is taking a holistic approach to meeting pollution reduction requirements and mitigating ongoing flood concerns. In this session, participants will learn how a stormwater utility is helping the township take a proactive, more cost-effective approach to capital improvement planning and creating an equitable and dedicated revenue stream to address decades-old concerns. 

    Bruce Hulshizer, Financial Services Project Manager, Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. 

    Tyler Erb, Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. 

    Doug Bruce, Manager, Bethlehem Township, Northampton County 

     

    * QuickBooks Tips and Tricks 

    This session will cover a variety of timely topics and how you can best use QuickBooks to navigate them. This will include accounting for American Rescue Plan Act reporting, annual reports, and budgeting.   

    Diana Patton, Municipal Specialist and QuickBooks Accountant, Stone House Tax, Business & Municipal Accounting 

     

    11:35 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. (choose one) 

    * Effective Enforcement of Municipal Code and Zoning Violations 

    A property is not in compliance with your township’s zoning code, property maintenance code, or other code provision as adopted so what can the township do? Township officials and staff often receive complaints, comments, and concerns about zoning and municipal code compliance issues. As such, an understanding of the enforcement process and its potential pitfalls is a useful tool for every township official. This presentation will provide an overview of the standards and processes related to the effective enforcement of township code and zoning violations. Township officials will leave this presentation with a working knowledge of the requirements for code and zoning notices, effective tools for crafting enforceable notices, and an understanding of the appeal and court enforcement process and its potential interplay with other areas of municipal law. 

    Sean Kilkenny, Esquire, and Alex Baumler, Esquire, Kilkenny Law LLC 

    * Five Policies Every Township Should Have 

      

    In this fast-paced session, we will review several key policies that every township should have in place to better protect itself and position its staff to achieve the township’s goals.   

    Scott E. Coburn, Esquire, Counsel & Director of Education, PSATS  

     

    12:35 - 1:15 p.m.  

    * Lunch  

     

    1:15 - 2:15 p.m. (choose one) 

    * You’re Done! Public Comments, the Sunshine Act Amendments, and More 

    In this session, we will review the challenges associated with managing public comment at township meetings, as well as the impact of the recent amendments to the Sunshine Act on those efforts.  

    J. Chadwick Schnee, Esquire, Law Office of Tucker Hull LLC 

    * Preparing for a DEP MS4 Inspection 

    In this session, the presenters will share the experience of one municipality in the region when DEP inspected the municipality’s MS4 program. They will also provide tips so that you can be better prepared if and when DEP shows up at your municipal building.  

    Beth Uhler, Project Manager, CEDARVILLE Engineering Group, and Jon Altshul, Manager, Westtown Township, Chester County 

     

    2:30 - 3:30 p.m. (choose one) 

    * Navigating Municipal Ethical and Legal Gray Areas 

    Township officials often have the best intentions when working for government expediency, fiscal conservancy, open communication, and transparency with the public and to foster land development or land preservation that will benefit the township and its residents. Such officials do not have a corrupt motive and have no intention of violating the Sunshine Act, taking a bribe, or violating a resident’s constitutional rights. However, despite the good intentions of elected officials or employees, situations may arise where their actions may run contrary to the law. This presentation will address situations that can arise in the scope of a township official’s employment or service that present legal and ethical gray areas and discuss potential avenues or alternatives that can be used to proceed on a stronger legal footing. 

    John F. Walko, Esquire, and Rebecca Geiser, Esquire, Kilkenny Law LLC 

    * Right-to-Know Law Update 

    This session will review new developments and cases that impact the administration of the Right-to-Know Law, discuss common problem issues, such as specificity, requests for information from databases, and preparing affidavits, and provide tips and best practices to allow you to respond to requests more effectively. 

    Liz Wagenseller, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Office of Open Records 

     

    3:30 - 4:00 p.m.  

    * Q&A and Open Discussion 

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    Date:

                   November 1, 2022

    Time:

                    9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Location:

                     Lehigh County
                     Hyatt Place Allentown/Lehigh Valley
                     621 Grange Road 
                     Allentown, PA 18106

    Registration Fee:

                    Member* -  $ 99.00

                    Non-Member –  $149.00

                    CLE Credits - $ 60.00

                    

                 *PSATS Member = Registrant has paid current annual membership dues to PSATS or one of its professional associations (e.g., Township Emergency Management Association, Township Engineers Association, Township Planners Association, Township Solicitors Association, or the Pa. Assoc. of Zoning Officials).

    CANCELLATIONS/REFUNDS / NO SHOW POLICY:

    Cancellations must be in writing, and can be sent to us by email to cancellations@psats.org; by fax to (717) 763-9732; or by mail to PSATS Education Program, 4855 Woodland Drive, Enola, PA, 17025. Refunds will be determined by the sent date of the notice.
    Refunds for cancelling a webinar at any time will be subject to a $10 processing fee. 
    For classes, (in-person and virtual), refunds for a cancellation sent to us between 10 and 2 business days before the class you are registered for will be subject to a $20 processing fee. Those who cancel within two business days of the class you are registered for, or do not attend, forfeit the full registration fee which, if unpaid, will be invoiced.


    ACCESSIBILITY & OTHER NEEDS:

    If you require alternate format, sign language, or have other needs, please contact PSATS directly (717) 763-0930, x-159.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live In-Person Event on 10/27/2022 at 9:00 AM (EDT)

    This class is a must-attend for anyone who has responsibility for HR and personnel management in their township. In this seminar, the team from Eckert Seamans will detail what to expect in human resources and labor relations.

    This class is a must-attend for anyone who has responsibility for HR and personnel management in their township. In this seminar, the team from Eckert Seamans will detail what to expect in human resources and labor relations.

    Qualifies for 5 PMGA Administrative Points

    Eligible for 5 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits

    Agenda:

    The agenda for this event will include the following topics:

     

    • And Then This Happened: The Year in Review (Plus….A Look Ahead) - This session focuses on developments in labor and employment law over the past year.  We will discuss recent employment law cases that affect townships of all sizes.  Given the pace of change in 2022 so far, an hour may not be sufficient time to cover all the developments in this fluid area of the law. We will also discuss how the recent state and federal elections may impact the world of municipal employment in the coming years.

     

    • Correcting Employees – What Works and What Does Not - We will discuss the steps necessary to hold employees accountable and to, when necessary, impose appropriate discipline.  We will discuss the law on employee supervision, rules about which employees can be held accountable and outline best practices on how to improve the personnel function in your township so that you get the best out of any employee.

     

    • Social Media and the Public Sector Workplace - The use (and more often misuse) of social media by employees has been a substantial issue in determining whether an employee’s social media posts (both on and off duty) can either be regulated by an employer.  We will cover all the rules necessary to determine when an individual’s online posts can be subject to discipline and when they cannot.

     

    • Medical Marijuana in the Workplace - Employers are seeing an increase in individuals seeking to use medical marijuana cards across all industries.  Many townships have seen the same increase.  In this session, we discuss best practices to address employees who test positive for drugs and how to engage on the issue of legalized marijuana use in the public sector.

     

    • Employment Contracts, Agreements, Side Letters, and “Understandings” - Many individual employees have different working arrangements with townships including “contracts” which may or may not be legal.  We will break down who in a township can have a contract and what agreements with employees are binding and why.  We will examine common misunderstandings regarding what employers can—and cannot—do.

     

    • Municipal Employment Jeopardy - Moderated by PSATS staff, Eckert lawyers and their teams will compete against each other to earn bragging rights by answering questions about labor and employment law.  Yes, there will be a Daily Double.

    Date:

                   October 27, 2022

    Time:

                  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Location:

                     Allegheny County
                     Doubletree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Monroeville
                     101 Mall Blvd.
                     Monroeville, PA 15146

    Registration Fee:

                    Member* -  $ 99.00

                    Non-Member –  $ 125.00

                    CLE Credits - $ 75.00

                    

                 *PSATS Member = Registrant has paid current annual membership dues to PSATS or one of its professional associations (e.g., Township Emergency Management Association, Township Engineers Association, Township Planners Association, Township Solicitors Association, or the Pa. Assoc. of Zoning Officials).

    CANCELLATIONS/REFUNDS / NO SHOW POLICY:

    Cancellations must be in writing, and can be sent to us by email to cancellations@psats.org; by fax to (717) 763-9732; or by mail to PSATS Education Program, 4855 Woodland Drive, Enola, PA, 17025. Refunds will be determined by the sent date of the notice.
    Refunds for cancelling a webinar at any time will be subject to a $10 processing fee. 
    For classes, (in-person and virtual), refunds for a cancellation sent to us between 10 and 2 business days before the class you are registered for will be subject to a $20 processing fee. Those who cancel within two business days of the class you are registered for, or do not attend, forfeit the full registration fee which, if unpaid, will be invoiced.


    ACCESSIBILITY & OTHER NEEDS:

    If you require alternate format, sign language, or have other needs, please contact PSATS directly (717) 763-0930, x-159.