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.
The following Human Resource (HR) webinars are available for online access listening.
Implementation of an Effective Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program
July 14, 2022 (Approx. Time – 1 hr.)
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is more than an obligation – today it is imperative. In order to attract and maintain a diverse workforce, local governments must ensure that they are providing employees with an inclusive culture. Diversity management, as part of HR management, is organizational action taken to promote the greater inclusion of employees across a variety of backgrounds. This program is designed to help you navigate DEI conversations around key topics.
Employee Recruiting and Retention Strategies
July 7, 2022 (Approx. Time – 1 hr.)
Employee recruitment and retention are challenges that many local governments and HR managers are now facing on the heels of the coronavirus epidemic. Employees these days are increasingly demanding a more balanced work life to include flexible hours and remote working options. Lifelong employment at one job is no longer the core desire. Instead, they search for the best pay, benefits and work environment. In addition to recruitment strategies to improve hiring, this session will include tips for conducting an effective "stay interview".
ARPA COBRA Subsidies: What Employers Need to Know
July 29, 2021 (Approx. Time – 1 hr. 15 minutes)
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.
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.