Megan and Cristina speak with Geri Kerger, Executive Director of NAMI DuPage about the reality of mental health and what we as employers can do about it. Director Kerger can be reached at 630-752-0066 X201 and can assist those outside of DuPage County as well. Her email is email@example.com.
Megan and Cristina speak with Stacey Patrianakos, HR Manager for the Village of Homer Glen about the Village's recent absorption of the Homer Road district and subsequent creation of a Public Works Department.
Megan and Cristina speak with Top Female Labor and Employment Lawyer Jill O'Brien about the new Illinois Law on convictions and background checks. Jill can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-531-1151.
Megan and Cristina speak with Nancy Farnam, Area Senior Vice President and Compliance Counsel for the Great Lakes Region of Gallagher’s Benefits & HR Consulting division about the Consolidated Appropriations Act. For more information please contact Joyce Janu Area Vie President and Public Sector contact at email@example.com
Megan and Cristina speak with Lake Forest Human Resources Director DeSha Kalmar on the role of HR as a strategic business partner in local government. DeSha can be reached at KalmarD@cityoflakeforest.com until the end of April and than at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Megan and Cristina speak with Kimberly Richardson, Deputy City Manager for the City of Evanston on what this topic means to her and why this has become a priority for the City of Evanston. Kim can be reached at email@example.com.
Megan and Cristina speak with Anne Marie Gaura, Lincolnwood Village Manager about her experience caring for her parents while working as well as what employers can do to be proactive in addressing this issue. Anne Marie can be reached at 847-745-4712 or AGaura@lwd.org.
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Megan and Cristina speak with Lt. Chris Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff's Office about their successful efforts with community outreach and engagement. Lt. Covelli can be reached at CCovelli@lakecountyil.gov or (847) 317-4180.
Megan and Cristina speak with Political Science Professor Casey LaFrance about the origins and the idea of community policing. You can reach Casey LaFrance MPA, PhD and check out his work at firstname.lastname@example.org, https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=g2tM5q0AAAAJ&hl=en, https://www.amazon.com/Targeting-Discretion-Frontline-Officers-Students/dp/1940771099
Megan and Cristina speak with Joel Babbitt, Benefit Coordinator/VEBA Plan Administrator for IPPFA Benefits about what plans employers should offer to assist employees with funding healthcare in retirement. Joel can be reached at email@example.com or 773-427-2060. Below are two payment calculators listeners can use to estimate healthcare costs in retirement.
Cristina and Megan speak with Katie George, CFA, Director and Client Portfolio Manager of ICMA-RC about retirement planning and the economic impacts of Covid-19. Katie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Megan and Cristina speak with Clark Baird Smith law partner Roxana Underwood about the duty to bargain over body cams and Police Reform Bill HB3653. Roxana can be reached at email@example.com. For more information on HB3653 sign up for IPELRA's critically acclaimed Employment Law Seminar being offered virtually this year! Visit www.ipelra.org to register.
Megan and Cristina speak with Risk Management Consultant Dane Mall from Alliant. Dane can be reached at Dane.Mall@alliant.com. For information on your requirements and responsibilities, visit, https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/osha-rkforms-winstr_fillable.pdf.
Megan and Cristina speak with Jim Powers, founding partner of Clark Baird Smith LLP on this important topic. Jim can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or in the office at 847-378-7707.
***Also - Check the April 2021 IPELRA Newsletter for a Potential New Legal Development Affecting a Public Employer’s Right to Mandate COVID Vaccines Authorized Under the FDA’s Emergency Powers***
In this final episode of Season One Megan and Cristina speak with Andra Medea about her innovative de-escalation technique, C3. Andra can be reached at www.C3D.co. https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20200919/successful-partners
Megan and Cristina speak with Mysi Hall, HR Generalist at GovHR and President-Elect of The Legacy Project about a disturbing workplace trend--women stepping back because of COVID. COVID Response Survey www.legacyprojectnow.org/resources Mysi can be reached at email@example.com
Megan and Cristina speak with Joyce Marker. Joyce has been a licensed psychotherapist for over twenty years and has served in multiple leadership positions including President of the Illinois Counseling Association, two-terms as President of the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association, and Chair of the Midwest Region of the American Counseling Association.
If you would like to access a PDF that includes the key points discussed during the podcast and additional resources, please text MENTALHEALTH to 33777. https://www.joyce-marter.com/
Resources for First Responders https://www.nami.org/Your-Journey/Frontline-Professionals/Public-Safety-Professionals
Megan and Cristina speak with Marji Swanson, partner at Mahoney, Silverman, and Cross, LLC about politics in the workplace. What activity is permitted and what should be prohibited in a public sector workplace? Marji can be reached at 815-730-9500 and on the web at www.mwclaw.com.
Megan and Cristina speak with Yordana Wysocki, legal partner with Hervas, Condon & Bersani, PC. about Justice Ginsburg's contributions to the workplace. Yordana can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Megan and Cristina speak with IPELRA President Leslie G. Rienzie-Barry, HRCI-SPHR, SHRM-SCP on her experience with the organization as she passes the torch to Cristina.
Leslie is the Director of Human Resources for the Will County Circuit Clerk and can be reached at email@example.com.
Megan and Cristina speak with Senior Employment Counselor Sonal Shah from HR Source. Sonal discusses workplace trends amid a global pandemic and divisive political climate. Listen to hear how President Trump's latest Executive Order may impact your planned diversity training. https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-combating-race-sex-stereotyping/
Sonal can be reached at www.hrsource.org.
Megan and Cristina speak with Powerhouse Heidi Voorhees (GovHr) on the need for organizational analysis. Learn what you need to know to stay effective and efficient in 2020! Heidi can be reached on the web at www.govhrusa.com or HVoorhees@GovHRusa.com
Our first ever QUAD communication! Megan and Cristina speak with IPELRA's own Bob Smith, managing partner at Clark Baird Smith and counselor to IPELRA and daughter Dr. Stephanie Smith, Assistant Professor of Communication at Virginia Tech. The group discusses the challenges of communicating during a global pandemic and offers tips for Elected Officials to successfully utilize social media.
Bob can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org 847-378-7700.
Stephanie can be contacted at email@example.com or via linkedin.com/in/stephanie-smith-phd-apr.
Megan and Cristina speak with Civil Rights Attorney Jim Sotos about qualified immunity. Learn what this legal principal really is, what it means for Police operations, and how it affects municipal government. Jim can be reached at JSotos@jsotoslaw.com.
Megan and Cristina speak with Cris Randall, former IPELRA member and City of Alpharetta, GA Human Resources Director. Cris shares her journey to HR and speaks about her educational background. Her unique perspective offers insight into what employers should look for while recruiting. Cris can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Megan and Cristina speak with Margo Ely, Executive Director for IRMA, a risk management pool in Illinois, about the IL Worker's Compensation Commission ruling earlier this, the Illinois legislature's ruling, and new provisions for PEDA. Learn how to protect your employees and your municipality in this informative episode. Margo can be reached at email@example.com.
Megan and Cristina speak with IPELRA Alum and current Village of Woodridge Manager Al Stonitsch about a thoughtfully created program implemented to address personnel costs. for more information on this program contact Al at 630-719-4707 or AStonitsch@vil.woodridge.il.us.
Megan and Cristina speak with Park Forest Police Chief Christopher Mannino. Park Forest was recently spotlighted in the news in the wake of cries to defund Police. Listen to how this community has redeployed resources to meet community needs. https://www.fox32chicago.com/video/832880
Chief Mannino can be reached at cmannino@ParkForest-IL.gov.
John Hayes, Senior Counselor at Smith Amundsen, firstname.lastname@example.org, discusses with Megan and Crisitna a recent webinar his firm hosted addressing the upcoming school year and the impact remote learning will have on employers. You can view the webinar in its entirety here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLFElBN-7Sk&feature=youtu.be.
Megan and Cristina speak with Melissa Sobota, an attorney with Franczek P.C. a law firm representing the City of Chicago in negotiations with the Policemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of Illinois. The three discuss the issues before the arbitrator and awards regarding significant police accountability provisions and increased health care contributions for Supervisors electing to take early retirement among other items. Melissa can be reached at email@example.com.
Megan and Cristina speak with John Kelly, an attorney with the firm Ottosen DiNolfo Hasenbalg & Castaldo, Ltd. The three discuss current situations and real life examples employees and employers may be faced in the workplace.
Megan and Cristina speak with Renee Bouvier from Robert Half Technology regarding a recent survey the published regarding employee time off during this uncertain times. http://rh-us.mediaroom.com/2020-05-28-Survey-The-State-of-Summer-Vacations-For-Employees
This week, Megan and Cristina speak with Kelly Coyle, Board member for the Legacy project, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing and promoting women in local government. Learn how you can get involved in this enterprising organization and address the gender gap in local government. https://www.legacyprojectnow.org/
Megan and Cristina speak with Janelle Tarasewicz, principal consultant at Aperture-EQ, https://apertureeq.com about implicit bias in the workplace. This enlightening conversation references several books worth reading including White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo and Blindspot: Hidden Bias of Good People by Anthony Greenwald and Mahzarin Banaji.
St. Charles Human Resources Director & IPELRA Board member Jenn McMahon joins Megan & Cristina with the secret to getting promoted! See links to the Forbes article discussed as well as a Ted Talk by Amy Cuddy, author of Presence, Bringing your Boldest Self to your Biggest Challenges.