The Illinois Association of County Board Members professional development Webinars are designed to bring a value to members by providing relevant educational opportunities on topics associated with local government.
FREE educational webinars for the month of July and August 2021.
ARPA COBRA Subsidies: What Employers Need to Know
July 29, 2021 (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) gives workers and their families who lose health benefits the right to choose to continue group health benefits provided by an employer group health plan for limited periods of time under certain circumstances including involuntary job loss and reduction in work hours. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) creates a new 100% subsidy for COBRA coverage premiums from April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021. Additionally, ARPA opens up the ability to enroll in COBRA coverage even if a person declined coverage earlier or if their enrollment window closed. This program will provide guidance and clarification on administering COBRA and the new ARPA requirements.
Avoid Vaccine Bullying and Harassment Complaints
August 24, 2021 (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
COVID-19 related lawsuits continue to rise. Employers were given the freedom to ask medical questions last year during the pandemic which also opened the door for employees to do the same to coworkers. That trend is continuing even for employers who have decided not to mandate the vaccine. Employees and employers alike are reportedly now bullying and harassing each other which could violate medical privacy under ADA, HIPAA, and state privacy laws. No matter your opinion regarding vaccines, bullying and harassment affects performance, mental and physical health, and does not positively impact workplace culture. Learn what the issues and protections are and what you can do to minimize risk of complaints.
The following Human Resource (HR) webinars are available for online access listening.
ARPA Guidance from the United States Treasury
May 17, 2021 (Approx. Time – 1 hr. 15 minutes)
On May 10, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the launch of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, to provide $350 billion in emergency funding for eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments. This discussion focuses on the Treasury’s Interim Final Rule which provides guidelines and principles for determining the types of programs and services that this funding can support, together with examples of allowable uses that recipients, specifically local governments, may consider.
Multiple Bermuda Triangles: FMLA, WC and ADA Supplemented With VESSA
March 16, 2021 (Approx. Time – 1 hr. 30 minutes)
The Bermuda Triangle is an area in the Atlantic Ocean in which an unusually high number of ships and planes have disappeared. Because the interplay of three major employment laws: 1) the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 2) the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and, 3) Workers’ Compensation (WC) is so complicated and fraught with problems, many HR professionals often refer to these three laws as the Bermuda Triangle of Employment Law. This training session will also cover other triangles in the workplace with laws like the Victims in Employment Safety & Security Act (VESSA). It is essential for all supervisors, in addition to the human resources staff, to understand the interplay of these laws to assure legal compliance as well as to provide employees with the benefits and protections each law provides.
Understanding Job Duties Related to Exemption Status Under FLSA
March 23, 2021 (Approx. Time – 1 hr. 30 minutes)
The Fair Labor Standards Act has been in existence for decades and still there is confusion about the duties tests. Most employers don’t even realize they are not following the rules due to misunderstandings, misperceptions, and unclear language used to identify the various exemptions. Since this status (exempt or non-exempt) impacts the ability for employees to earn or not earn overtime pay it’s important to get into the weeds on these rules and clear up the misconceptions. This program will clarify each and every duties test as well as go over the anticipated changes in the overtime rules so that employers can walk away with a clear understanding and be able to ensure their county is compliant.
Reasonable Suspicion of Employees Under the Influence at Work
February 23, 2021 (Approx. Time - 1 hr. 30 minutes)
One of the most important roles supervisors perform is to protect the county, its employees and the public from impaired workers that are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Just because alcohol and certain drugs are legal that does not mean employees are or should be allowed to come to work under the influence. Remember, Illinois does still have a Drug Free Workplace law. Certain jobs fall under federal regulations as well such as Drivers who have to be randomly tested. This program will cover all the risk management responsibilities and role of supervisors in the reasonable suspicion process.
OSHA Recordable Injury or Illness Documentation and Retention
February 16, 2021 (Approx. Time - 1 hour)
The pandemic experience has left supervisors a bit uneasy about what is a recordable event and what is not. Counties may not be aware of who is responsible to record these events within the county and some may not even have it centralized in one department to cover the entire county. However, if OSHA comes to visit they will expect all departments to be in the know. This session will go through the general requirements for all offices to include documentation and retention. Specific focus will be on the OSHA 300 and 300A. One has a daily recordable requirement and one has to be posted annual for a few months. Learn where to find them, how to complete them, when to post them and how long to retain them.
FMLA Do's and Don'ts to Include Pre and Post COVID
September 1, 2020 (Approx. Time - 1 hour)
The Family Medical Leave Act has never been a walk in the park to understand all provisions and amendments, but now it’s even more confusing. In this session we will cover the differences between what you knew about FMLA before COVID and what you should know after COVID (at least through December unless extended) and how it all works.
Encouraging and Maintaining Remote Employee Engagement
September 8, 2020 (Approx. Time - 1 hour)
COVID-19 sent over 68% of employees home for at least two months and many of them are still there working day in and day out either permanently or until there is an antidote for the virus. In the meantime, what is a manager to do when it comes to keeping those employees motivated, productive and engaged in the workplace? We will discuss options that can be incorporated into your workplace that have been successful in others.
Managing and Recalling Employees During COVID
September 15, 2020 (Approx. Time - 1 hour)
It has been a day-to-day, week-to-week task to stay up-to-date with the challenges of COVID-19 in all aspects of organizational management. Employment issues related to COVID-19 are no exception. This session will include up-to-date suggestions on topics including safety and health of employees, layoffs and furloughs, time off, and employee documentation requirements.