Human Resources & Labor Management Institute - 11/15/22 - Montgomery County

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.

Qualifies for 5 PMGA Administrative Points

Eligible for 5 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits


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.


               November 15, 2022


              9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


                 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 must be in writing, and can be sent to us by email to; 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.


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