Online Training Academy

The Online Training Academy (OTA) is a series of web-based courses designed to build strong authorities. This convenient and cost-effective training has been developed for authority board members, consultants and management staff, billing departments, financial staff, treatment plant and work crew employees.

Each one-hour webinar will consist of a 45 minute presentation along with an interactive question and answer period. Webinars allow us to provide more training to an even broader geographic area and make learning opportunities more accessible to all employees throughout your organization. Every member of the authority team benefits from these courses!

Current Schedule of Events:
 

Delinquencies: Collection Options, Tools & Methods
November 9, 2016
1:00 – 2:00 pm

Although there is no silver bullet when it comes to managing outstanding water and sewer accounts, knowing a variety of collection options, tools and methods can increase your authority’s effectiveness in collecting payments from delinquent customers.  

In this session, you will:
Understand various delinquency and collection laws and how to apply them 
Examine different collection options and tools best suited for your authority
Learn methods and strategies other authorities have found most effective 

Who should attend?
Authority managers, staff, solicitors and board members – anyone that is involved in handling delinquencies from an administrative, legal or policy perspective.

Presenter:  Michael J. Witherel, Esq. of Witherel & Associates, PMAA’s Western Solicitor

 

 

New Thoughts on an Old Subject - Basic Components of Salary Administration
September 15, 2016
1:00 – 2:00 pm

Have we come full circle? There was a time when job evaluations were completed by factor comparison systems. These were frowned upon since it took so much time to write factors, get management buy-in, select job evaluation committees, complete factor analysis, tally scores and get the majority of committee participants to agree.

In this webinar:
Learn about the history of salary administration
Examine different components of salary administration
Determine how a salary administration program and related processes can assist your authority particularly in today’s environment

Who should attend?
Authority board members, managers and other staff that are involved in handling salary administration.

Presenters:
Peter R. Johnson, President, Peter R. Johnson & Company
Robin Drew, Vice President, Peter R. Johnson & Company



 

PMAA Stormwater Webinar Series
 

Stormwater Questions?  We’ve Got Answers!

So, you’ve heard about stormwater management for a while now. Maybe your community has even been discussing what to do. But you still have all sorts of questions…

- Will stormwater management be an authority or municipal function?
- Should we form a new stormwater authority or add that function to an existing authority?
- What are our responsibilities?
- Who’s going to pay for all this?
- Will our residents support this program along with new fees?
- What is an MS4 permit and what requirements does that include?
- Where do we begin?

PMAA has developed a 4-part webinar program to answer these and many more questions. These webinars are designed to offer information, resources and practical examples to help address your concerns about creating a stormwater authority.

Each session will consist of a presentation as well as ample time for Q & A and is perfect for managers, board members, engineers, solicitors and other individuals who have planning and decision-making responsibilities.
 

Overview:  Stormwater Management in Pennsylvania
September 21, 2016
1:00 – 2:00 pm

- Short history of stormwater management
- Brief synopsis of state and federal laws governing stormwater
- Considerations and process for creation of a stormwater authority
- Funding options for stormwater authorities
- Links to additional information

Presenter:  John Brosious, PMAA Deputy Director



 

Stormwater, the Legal Perspective:  What Your Municipality Needs to Know
September 28, 2016
1:00 – 2:00 pm

- Legal procedures to establish a stormwater authority
- Responsibilities related to permitting and regulatory issues with DEP and/or EPA
- Overview of MS4 compliance regulations
- Latest case law relating to the assessment of stormwater fees

Presenter:  Attorney Steven Hann, PMAA Eastern Solicitor



 

DEP Stormwater Presentation: The Regulatory Side of Things
October 12, 2016
1:00 – 2:00 pm

Minimum Control Measures (The basic program, required of all MS4 permittees):
- Public Education and Outreach on Stormwater Impacts
- Public Involvement / Participation
- Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
- Construction Site Runoff Control
- Post-Construction Stormwater Management
- Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping 

2018 MS4 Permit:  Application due dates, new planning requirements and website planning table
General Permit holders and new permittees must submit stormwater control plans by September 2017, including a Pollutant Reduction Plan with specific BMPs for the 2018-2023 permit term.

Collaborative Solutions:  Permittees can benefit from joining forces with neighboring municipalities to address stormwater issues. County planning commissions and county conservation districts frequently provide support to MS4s, and working with local watershed and environmental groups can be useful.  

Presenter:  Lee Murphy, Water Program Specialist, DEP Bureau of Clean Water


 

Case Study: So You Want to Form a Stormwater Authority?
October 19, 2016
1:00 – 2:30 pm

Sit in on a first person account of how Derry Township Municipal Authority added stormwater management to their current wastewater management responsibilities in the greater Hershey area. 

This informative presentation on their intergovernmental working relationship with Derry Township will include a discussion on the use of a stakeholder advisory committee, the planning steps, and the current progress in the development and implementation of an effective stormwater management program.  

The webinar will also present related topics including legal and technical consulting support, budgeting, fee development and funding, as well as engineering concerns, permitting and public participation and interaction.

Presenters:
Wayne Schutz, Executive Director, Derry Township Municipal Authority
Mike Callahan, Stormwater Program Coordinator, Derry Township Municipal Authority
Adrienne Vicari, P.E., Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc.


 

Attention Engineers: Each webinar qualifies for 1 PDH

Stormwater Webinar Cost – $40 per session or $120 for all 4 sessions



 

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Previously Presented Webinars:

Accountable Leadership

(Originally presented on December 10, 2014. A link of this archived session will be emailed to you to view at your convenience. Please use the registration link below.)

This is the fourth and final installment of our leadership series which focuses on ethical and accountable leadership. Some of the key components that we will cover are:

  • Identifying the difference between “legal” and “ethical” actions

  • Keys to influencing ethical workplace results

  • Recognizing the most important ways for managers to model accountability

  • How to coach team members towards greater accountability

  • Become aware of resources that managers can use to lead team members toward more accountable behavior

Presenter: Paul Caulfield, Principal, Avant, IMC and Dering Consulting Group

 

Ask The Solicitor: FAQ’s From Municipal Authorities

(Originally presented on March 4, 2015. A link of this archived session will be emailed to you to view at your convenience. Please use the registration link below.)

Every day, authorities are faced with tough questions on a variety of issues. This webinar will focus on some frequently asked questions on such topics as:

  • Municipality Authorities Act

  • The Sunshine Act

  • Right to Know Law

  • Recent Case Law Impacting Municipal Authorities

  • Stormwater Issues Relevant to Municipal Authorities

Our presenter and PMAA East Solicitor, Steve Hann, will address these topics and answer attendee questions during this informative session.

Presenter: Steve Hann, Esquire, Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin, P.C.
 

Cash Flow Analysis and Investment Options

(Originally presented Tuesday, May 20, 2014. A link of this archived session will be emailed to you to view at your convenience. Please use the registration link below.)

This session will demonstrate how cash flow analysis and forecasting are the building blocks to a solid investment program. We will explore how these tools, along with a well-designed investment policy, can help your Authority identify liquidity needs, diversify funds among variable and fixed rate investment options and optimize investment returns.

This session is for any authority management, staff or board members who have a hand in managing authority financial assets.

Presenter: Brian Sanker, Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust

 

Debt Strategies and Leveraging the Low Interest Rate Environment

(Originally presented February 26, 2014. A link of this archived session will be emailed to you to view at your convenience. Please use the registration link below.)

This session will be targeted to both board members and staff of authorities.  The webinar will examine debt strategies for new money financings for capital projects as well as debt refinancings and restructurings to provide budget relief.  Financing tools such as bank loans, bond issues, draw-down lines of credit, and state and federal programs will be discussed in detail along with a review of each one’s advantages and disadvantages.  We will also look into trust indenture debt structures and the benefits and impediments of those traditional governing documents. Of course, the presenters will review current market conditions and highlight some of the latest news and information affecting tax-exempt borrowings and the municipal markets.

The session will also review how a financing comes together including a sequence of events and critical financing team members. Lastly, the session will provide attendees the latest developments in federal regulations and requirements, especially as they relate to interaction and responsibilities of financing team members. This session targets executive management, financial staff and board members.

Presenters:
Zach Williard, Senior Managing Consultant, Public Financial Management, Inc.
Jamie Schlesinger, Senior Managing Consultant, Public Financial Management, Inc.

 

Developing and Implementing Social Media and Internet Policies

(Originally presented November 18, 2014. A link of this archived session will be emailed to you to view at your convenience. Please use the registration link below.)

Internet usage and social media have pervaded the workplace. With the increase in the use of mobile devices in the workplace, having internet and social media policies and training employees to follow them are critical practices for every municipal authority. Even if your authority is not using social media, you still need internet and social media policies because your employees are using it in their private lives and they need guidance to protect the authority’s interests from potential consequences ranging from financial, to legal and ethical issues.

During this webinar, a number of legal considerations will be addressed:

  • Liability that can arise from employee use of the internet and social media;

  • Liability arising out of employer use of the internet and social media;

  • The use of social media for screening purposes;

  • Types of protected activity; and

  • Various other considerations for developing a social media policy.

Presenters:
Romel L. Nicholas, Esquire, GTN Law
Christine M. Seymour, Esquire, Law Offices of Christine Seymour and Special Counsel to GTN Law

 

E-Commerce Solutions – How the Latest Electronic Technologies Can Benefit Your Authority

(Originally presented February 24, 2015. A link of this archived session will be emailed to you to view at your convenience. Please use the registration link below.)

Electronic payment options offer convenient, timely and cost effective methods for both collecting and making payments. The presenter of this session will focus on the latest technologies including the use of credit cards, procurement cards and desktop scanners to streamline collections and disbursements. All of which will help you and your authority save time, money and create efficiencies in your day to day operations.

Presenter: Courtney Mulholland, Director of Marketing, PLGIT

 

Effective Workers Compensation Strategies

(Originally presented October 14, 2014. A link of this archived session will be emailed to you to view at your convenience. Please use the registration link below.)

Want to become the best, most cost-efficient Workers Compensation risk you can be? Has your authority seen a recent large increase in your premiums?  Do you need to know how to obtain a quote in time for your renewal for property, liability or insurance?

Join us for a webinar in which we share with you the most important information you need to know and the best techniques you should employ to save money for your authority.

Presenter: Rick Atkinson, Executive Vice President of the HDH Group, Inc., representing the MRM Trust

 

Essentials of Effective Leadership

(Originally presented March 5, 2014. A link of this archived session will be emailed to you to view at your convenience. Please use the registration link below.)

This session will address leadership behaviors essential to succeeding through others. Beginning with strategies for maximizing a leader’s own productivity, the webinar will also explore effective delegation—how and when to delegate, what to include in communicating assignments, and how to follow up on delegated assignments. The webinar will conclude with a discussion of the role of both reinforcing and redirecting feedback—necessary components of strong leadership.

Presenter: Paul Caulfield, Principal, Avant, IMC and Dering Consulting Group

 

The Ethics Act and You – An overview of the Pennsylvania Ethics Act and its Implication upon Public Employees

(Originally presented Wednesday, May 14, 2014. A link of this archived session will be emailed to you to view at your convenience. Please use the registration link below.)

The State Ethics Act was enacted to strengthen the faith and confidence of state and local citizens in their government, and to ensure that the financial interests of holders, nominees and/or candidates for public offices do not conflict with the public trust.  It is important to always keep in mind that public office is a public trust, and that any effort to realize personal financial gain through your public office, other than compensation provided by law, is a violation of that trust.

As a currently serving public official, you are subject to the provisions of the Ethics Act.

This webinar has been designed to explain the mandates of the Ethics Act as it relates to public officials and employees, and to explore and define potential conflicts of interest situations that public officials/employees should avoid.  Actual case scenarios will be presented and discussed as examples of situations relevant to public positions.  Substantive and administrative aspects of personal disclosure statement will also be discussed, as well as the purpose and benefit of advisory opinions.

Attendees of this webinar will be provided with an overview of ethical standards required of public officials in Pennsylvania such as:

  • Avoidance of Conflicts of Interests

  • Statement of Financial Interests Filing Requirements

  • Travel, Hospitality, Lodging and Gift acceptance

During this session, we will be reviewing recent Commission rulings and decisions which may impact municipal authority officials.

Presenter: Brian D. Jacisin, Esq. – Deputy Executive Director/Director of Investigations

 

The Evolution of Tapping Fees – Past, Present, and Future

(Originally presented on September 24, 2015. A link of this archived session will be emailed to you to view at your convenience. Please use the registration link below.)

Tapping fees as we now know them will turn 25 this year. Although the Municipality Authorities Act always authorized the collection of a “tapping fee” there was no guidance as to its purpose or how this fee was to be calculated until 1990. This webinar will discuss a bit of tapping fee history and its 2003 amendments. We will also work through some of the concepts imbedded in the act and how they are applied to individual connections.

Specific areas covered in this session will include:

  • Tapping Fees a “fee” or a “tax” - Why Act 203 was needed in order to prevent legal challenges over the right to impose and collect a tapping fee.

  • The Uniform and Reasonable Standard and the Role of Assessments - Authorities have several ways to recover costs; why tapping fees? So what does a property owner get for all this money anyway?

  • What are the Fees and What Do They Cover? - Act 203 defined three fees that could be collected from new connections to a water and/or system:  Connection Fee, Customer Facilities Fee, and a Tapping Fee that has four parts. Each fee is calculated separately.

  • Basic Formula and Calculations

  • Act 57 Amendments and Silly Math Tricks

  • When to Recalculate - You have a tapping fee, should you change it? What are the factors that should be considered and is change a good thing?

Presenters:
Aurel M. Arndt, Executive Director, Lehigh County Authority
Russell F. McIntosh, Vice President, Herbert, Rowland and Grubic, Inc.
Adrienne M. Vicari, Manager of Financial Services, Herbert, Rowland and Grubic, Inc.

 

The Expansion of Permitted Investments in Pennsylvania:  Act 10 of 2016
How Can I Optimize My Authority’s Investments?

(Originally presented on July 26, 2016. A link of this archived session will be emailed to you to view at your convenience. Please use the registration link below.)

This one hour webinar will explore recent legislation, Act 10 of 2016, and its changes to permitted investments for all municipal authority, local government, and school district investment codes for operating and similar funds. The webinar will focus on:

· The need for modernizing PA investment codes
· The additional investment options available for municipal authorities 
· Changes to PLGIT’s Investment line-up 
· How to take advantage of all of the investment options available to you

This session will benefit authority board members, staff and consultants involved in the financial and business operations of the authority.

Presenters:
John W. Molloy, CFM, Managing Director, PFM Asset Management
Brian J. Sanker, Senior Managing Consultant, PFM Asset Management

 

Fundamentals of Administering the Right to Know Law

(Originally presented October 22, 2015. A link of this archived session will be emailed to you to view at your convenience. Please use the registration link below.)

This one hour session will cover the main points of Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law, including agency requirements, important deadlines, and best practices.  Questions from the audience will also be addressed during the webinar. This information is helpful for any public official and/or employee who is subject to the law, as well as those responsible for administering an agency’s Right to Know program.

The presenter for this session, George Spiess, is the Chief of Outreach and Training for the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records (OOR), where he provides sessions for government officials and employees, solicitors, reporters, and the general public.

George has over 30 years of government service working in a number of state agencies and commissions, primarily in human resources and information technology.  He is also the Open Records Officer for the OOR, which responds to nearly 1000 Right to Know requests annually.

The OOR manages several phone lines and e-mail accounts to answer time-sensitive questions concerning both the Right to Know Law as well as the Sunshine Act.

Presenter: George Spiess, Chief of Outreach & Training, PA Office of Open Records

 

George Costanza and Employment Law from ADA to Z

(Originally presented March 26, 2014. A link of this archived session will be emailed to you to view at your convenience. Please use the registration link below.)

All employers face a wide variety of employment issues on a day-to-day basis. In fact, the majority of employers at some time or another have dealt with the “George Costanza employee” – the employee who appears to be manipulating employment laws to his or her advantage. This program takes the audience through a series of video clips from a Seinfeld episode where George uses a cane while interviewing for a job at a sporting goods company.

Each clip is highlighted with discussion points addressing the various employment implications during the hiring process and George’s subsequent employment. Attendees will learn how to sport issues, both common and uncommon, that arise in the course of daily employment and will be provided with practical advice in dealing with the George Costanza employee – specifically, what the employer can and cannot do under relevant employment laws and an assessment of the employer’s potential liability exposure under various hypotheticals. A variety of employment issues will be covered, including:

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act and ADA Amendments

  • The Family and Medical Leave Act

  • Employee leave issues

  • The hiring and firing process

  • Employee discipline

Presenter: Cory Iannacone, Esq., Rhoads & Sinon LLP

 

Leveraging GIS to Optimize Asset Management for Utilities

(Originally presented June 10, 2015. A link of this archived session will be emailed to you to view at your convenience. Please use the registration link below.)

A thoughtfully-developed asset management strategy will guide decision-making for your water, wastewater, or stormwater utility at all levels of operations.  Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology collides with your asset management needs to increase your understanding of the types and number of your assets, turn conditions assessments into capital improvement planning tools, and enhance the flow of information between the office and field.

This presentation is intended for utility managers and public works directors who oversee the long-term planning and day-to-day operations of water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities.  We will review current advances in GIS technology for utilities and provide examples of ways to leverage GIS as a component of your asset management process.

During this webinar, we will address the following topics:

  • The asset management process and how it applies to your utility

  • What is GIS and why use GIS for asset management?

  • How to determine if GIS is right for you (… aka requirements analysis)

  • Examples of GIS for office and field operations

  • Walk-through of an online GIS of a wastewater system on a laptop and on an iPhone

Presenter: Lori A. Burkert, P.G., Entech Engineering, Inc.

 

Managing and Developing Talent

(Originally presented June 12, 2014. A link of this archived session will be emailed to you to view at your convenience. Please use the registration link below.)

During this session, we will explore practical ways the leader can capitalize on individuals’ natural talents to maximize performance. From selection through long-term professional development, the leader’s ability to recognize and reward talent largely determines success. The Webinar will provide simple and powerful methods of making the most of the talent available—and finding needed talent for the future. Learning objectives include:

  • Manage team members’ talents from selection through development.

  • Engage team members using various motivation and recognition techniques.

  • Coach and develop team members to maximize their performance.

Presenter: Paul Caulfield, Principal, Avant, IMC and Dering Consulting Group

 

Municipal Authority Borrowing Considerations in 2015

(Originally presented March 19, 2015. A link of this archived session will be emailed to you to view at your convenience. Please use the registration link below.)

Is now a good time to undertake that new capital project or refinance existing debt? Interest rates continue to be at historic lows; however there are legal considerations that Authorities need to consider before moving forward with a bond financing.

  • During this one hour webinar, we will be focusing on the following subject areas:

  • Introduction

  • Market Overview

  • Borrowing Options Available/Documentation

  • Bank Qualified Debt

  • Regulatory Updates impacting Municipal Debt

  • Other Municipal Updates

Presenters:
Joshua S. Pasker, Esq., Saul Ewing
Zachary Williard, Senior Managing Consultant, Public Financial Management, Inc.

 

Overview of Water Termination Laws: Which Law Applied Depending on Type of Customer, Type of Service (water/sewer)

(Originally presented on April 9, 2014. A link of this archived session will be emailed to you to view at your convenience. Please use the registration link below.)

Several statues exist that provide for the termination of water service for nonpayment of water and/or sewer bills. Determining which law applies and under what circumstances will be presented. The session will also outline the different procedures prescribed in the various laws for termination of service. In addition, examples of proper authority rules and regulations of water termination procedures for delinquent accounts will be shared. Finally, strategies for compelling delinquent sewer customers (not connected to public water) to pay their bill will be explored.

  • Law by flowchart – Outline of water termination laws depending on type of customer (residential property owner/renter) and type of service (water/sewer)

  • Overview of procedures to follow in each law

  • Examples of authority rules and regulations for water termination procedures

  • Strategies/recommendations to motivate delinquent sewer customers in paying their bill

Presenter: Jennifer L. Case, Government Relations Liaison, PA Municipal Authorities Association

 

Resolving Conflict and Dealing with Difficult Behavior

(Originally presented October 8, 2014. A link of this archived session will be emailed to you to view at your convenience. Please use the registration link below.)

This Webinar provides guidance for resolving workplace conflict through a systematic, interest-based approach. Participants will explore a three-stage approach to conflict resolution designed to address the most common sources of workplace conflict, including miscommunications, differences in approach, and limited resources. It also provides tips for dealing with those truly difficult behaviors we experience in the workplace form time to time, including aggressive and know-it-all behaviors.

Presenter: Paul Caulfield, Principal, Avant, IMC and Dering Consulting Group

 

 “Selling” Stormwater Management including presentation of the exclusive Pennsylvania Stormwater Survey with Recommendations

(Originally presented November 13, 2014. A link of this archived session will be emailed to you to view at your convenience. Please use the registration link below.)

Pennsylvania’s local governments have the legal authority to create new stormwater authorities to control flooding and water pollution — but will residents be ready to accept another fee? Join us to review market research insights into this question and get tips on how to make the best possible case to local ratepayers.

  • Review results of local government survey perceptions and needs

  • Review results of Pennsylvania residents perceptions

  • Share messaging resources to implement in your communities efforts

Presenter: Eric Eckl, Water Words That Work, LLC

 

Ten Things Authority Board Members and Management Employees Should Know

(Originally presented April 26, 2016. A link of this archived session will be emailed to you to view at your convenience. Please use the registration link below.)

Learn more about the Ten Things Authority Board Members and Management Employees Should Know!

This interactive webinar will cover ten important topics, all taken from the Municipality Authorities Act and related laws (e.g., Sunshine Act, Ethics Act) that authority managers should be aware of in the day-to-day operation of a municipal authority. Board members are also encouraged to attend as we will be discussing things they should know in their decision making process provided to them by law.

Specific areas covered in this session will include:

  • Monies of the Authority – What they cannot be used for and legal action if violated.

  • Communications by E-mail and Sunshine Act Issues

  • Board Appointments – What is legal and what is not with WHEN, WHOM, and HOW

  • Board Member Conflict of Interest – As they relate to the State Ethics Act and the Municipality Authorities Act.

  • Bylaws and Regulations – What should be in them, how often updated.

  • Board Meetings – Quorums (present vs. attendance by phone). What is permitted in law.


Our presenter and PMAA East Solicitor, Steve Hann, will address these topics and answer attendee questions during this informative session.

Presenter: Steve Hann, Esquire, Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin, P.C.
 

Understanding the Union Environment

(Originally presented on May 20, 2015. A link of the archived session will be emailed to you to view at your convenience. Please use the registration link below.)

In the “Boys and Girls” episode of NBC’s The Office, Michael Scott’s plans to hold “men in the workplace seminar” backfires when the warehouse workers at Dunder Mifflin Paper Company decide to join a union.  This webinar is made up of various scenes from that episode which will be used to teach the audience about the union environment including:

  • Why union’s form

  • How to prevent a union from forming

  • Employer’s obligations once a union is formed

  • In addition, collective bargaining strategies and tips will be addressed including:

  • Collective bargaining timelines under Act 195

  • How to prepare and strategize for negotiations

  • Hot topic issues during negotiations, including healthcare concerns

Presenter: Cory Iannacone, Esq., Rhoads & Sinon LLP

 

Understanding Provisions of the Municipality Authorities Act.  A Closer Look at Puzzling, Misinterpreted, or Neglected Sections of the Act.

(Originally presented on June 26, 2014. A link of this archived session will be emailed to you to view at your convenience. Please use the registration link below.)

PMAA receives questions on a regular basis from authority managers and staff, board members, and solicitors asking our interpretations of certain sections of the Act. This webinar will address those sections of the Act that provoke the most questions on interpretations and those sections most overlooked.

Examples of what we will cover:

  • Board members-appointments, compensation, conflicts

  • Monies of the Authority-spending prohibitions

  • Annual reports, Advertising, Bid Limits

Presenter: John Brosious, PMAA

 

Why Do I Have To? - Duties and Obligations to File an Annual Statement of Financial Interests Pursuant the Pennsylvania Public Official and Employee Ethics Act

(Originally presented April 12, 2016. A link of this archived session will be emailed to you to view at your convenience. Please use the registration link below.)

This webinar is designed for:
- Authority Board Members
- Managers
- Engineers
- Solicitors
- Other Staff that Handle Public Monies

As a local public official, elected or appointed, the annual filing of the Statement of Financial Interests is a requirement of holding office and/or receiving compensation.

Since becoming effective January 1, 1979, the State Ethics Commission has remained ever vigilant and steadfast in its mission of ensuring the public’s confidence in state and local government.  In fulfilling its directive, the Commission has mandated, monitored, and maintained the filings of Statements of Financial Interests, which promote transparency and guard against conflicts of interests.

In this session, questions such as Who, What, When, Where and Why will be answered, as well as a step-by-step guide to completing the form accurately and completely.  This 45-minute webinar will consist of a PowerPoint presentation, followed by a Question and Answer period to address any issues not covered during the main presentation.

Presenter:
Brian D. Jacisin, Esquire
Deputy Executive Director/Director of Investigations
Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission
 

Workplace Investigations and Employee Discipline: What Can Pennsylvania Municipalities Learn from NBC’s The Office?

(Originally presented December 3, 2014. A link of this archived session will be emailed to you to view at your convenience. Please use the registration link below.)

In the Drug Testing episode of NBC’s The Office, Dwight Schrute finds half of a joint in the parking lot of the Scranton, PA branch of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company and takes advantage of his volunteer sheriff deputy status to investigate its source. While comical, this episode teaches municipalities that internal investigations and discipline are a critical and essential component of all workplaces.

Although the majority of violations concerning work rules, policies and the law don’t make it to arbitration or court, management should always investigate each allegation from the point of view that an outside party may review the matter.

This presentation will use The Office to cover the process for conducting a proper investigation and issuing subsequent discipline along with what rights an employee has during both the investigation and the time when discipline is issued. Real life examples, including common pitfalls, will be used as examples.

Presenter: Cory Iannacone, Esq., Rhoads & Sinon LLP

 

Click here to register and pay online for any of the above listed webinars.

 

Click here to register if your authority has pre-paid webinar credits.

 

Important Information

What you need:
- A computer (Mac or PC) with high-speed internet access
- Speakers or headphones to listen to the audio portion of the sessions
- A valid email address for registration

You will receive login information via email by 9:00 am on the day of the scheduled event.

Webinar Cost – $40 per session

Cancellation Policy All cancellations must be received in writing and sent to PMAA via fax, mail or email. No refunds will be granted for a cancellation notice received less than 48 hours before each session. Substitute registrants are welcome; please email Craig Fahnestock at fahnestock@municipalauthorities.org.