2019 National Seminar on Human Resource Management in State Legislatures
NCSL’s National Seminar on Human Resource Management in State Legislatures is designed for legislative HR professionals and senior legislative staff who have responsibilities for creating, implementing and enforcing HR policies and practices.
No other national training program offers this special focus on the legislature as an employer or brings together legislative staff who need to know more about this critical body of knowledge.
The most powerful aspect of the HR seminar—in addition to the formal training agenda—is the opportunity to network with your colleagues from other state legislatures and share stories, concerns, ideas and solutions about critical HR challenges.
NCSL is honored to once again partner with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in the development and presentation of the seminar agenda.
Thursday, Oct. 24
Welcome and Orientation
Speakers: Natalie Wood, director, Center for Legislative Strengthening, NCSL; Bob Carragher, vice president, State Strategy and Engagement, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Get to Know Your Legislative Colleagues
Speaker: Natalie Wood, NCSL
This interactive session will have you moving, meeting and competing for the most facts about your fellow state legislative staffers.
Employment Law Update
Speaker: Michael Kalt, partner, Wilson Turner Kosmo, LLP and Government Affairs Director, CalSHRM, California
A favorite seminar topic, this session will provide the latest trends and developments in employment law and how they impact your workplace.
Latest Evolutions in State Legislative Sexual Harassment Policies
Speaker: Selena Saucedo, policy specialist, Center for Legislative Strengthening, NCSL
What sexual harassment policies and programs are state legislatures adopting? Learn about what NCSL discover in its 2019 survey of legislative HR professionals.
The Drama-Free Workplace
Speaker: Patti Perez, vice president, workplace strategy, Emtrain, California
Legislatures, like all workplace environments, are in the middle of a cultural transformation about the definition of appropriate and inappropriate conduct at work. This session will teach you how to keep drama out of the workplace through best practices and emerging trends related to receiving, investigating and resolving allegations of misconduct.
Attendee Roundtables—Opportunities and Obstacles in Legislative HR
Share and learn from your colleagues about the most pressing issues in state legislative human resource management. Help your peers problem-solve and bring back new ideas to your Capitol.
Friday, Oct. 25
Workshop: Sharpen Your Presentation Skills
Speakers: Terry Rubin, co-founder, The Professional Communicators, Colorado; Kurt McDonald, co-founder, The Professional Communicators, Colorado
Presentations matter. There are no second chances when it comes to delivering your message, and you must make every opportunity count. In this interactive session, you will learn best practices to make your content more engaging and impactful. You will also learn important performance techniques to reinforce your message and keep your audience engaged. See how the synergy of content, storytelling, and performance techniques will make you a more effective communicator.
Crafting Your Best Employee Handbook and Personnel Policies
Speakers: Missy Jennings, director of human resources, Illinois Senate; Jackie Little, human resources director, Maine State Legislature; Jill Thayer, legal counsel to the director, Arkansas Bureau of Legislative Research
Moderator: Marissa Yniguez, administrative services manager, New Mexico Legislative Education Study Committee
This session highlights three approaches to developing a personnel policy manual that is tailor-made for a legislature. Bring your office’s manual or handbook and explore how it can most effectively serve your employees.
Building Healthier and Happier Workplaces with Mindfulness—an Introduction with Headspace
Speaker: Tom Freeman, engagement manager, Headspace
Battling burnout and feeling full of stress? Mindfulness can help! Headspace is mindfulness training made simple - its award-winning app is proven to reduce stress and increase focus. In this 45-minute presentation, you’ll learn about mindfulness, its scientifically-backed benefits and how to make it part of your workplace culture. Experience a guided meditation from Headspace and learn firsthand how it could benefit your legislature.
What I Wish I Knew—Reflections on a Career in Legislative HR
Speakers: Michael Adams, director of human resources, Virginia Senate; Debbie Cragun, human resource administrator, Utah Legislature; Skiff Lobaugh, human resources manager, Alaska Legislature
Moderator: Natalie Wood, NCSL
This lively discussion will uncover if hindsight truly is 20/20 when it comes to working in the legislature. Legislative HR staff will share insights and lessons learned throughout their careers to help you build your skills—and will ask you for your advice as well.
Saturday, Oct. 26
A Delicate Balance: Transparency and Confidentiality in Responding to Harassment
Speaker: Camille Olson, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, California
Maintaining confidentiality is critical when handling highly sensitive issues like harassment; however, transparency is also important for demonstrating accountability, earning trust and preserving culture. Get tips on how to ensure your legislative workplace demonstrates a commitment to both.
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Digital Communications in Legislatures
Speaker: Berkeley Teate, NCSL Public Affairs
Digital communications are a critical tool for legislatures. Hear what it takes to run a digital communications operation, how legislatures govern their use and what human resources professionals need to convey to staff that use them.
Wrapup: What Did We Learn?
As a group, we’ll crowdsource the best ideas and takeaways from the seminar and talk about how they can be implemented back home.