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November 15, 2021
Municipal Clerks: Please forward to your Mayor, Governing Body, and Department Heads.
To assist in providing guidance and information we have created a COVID-19 resource page. We will continue to update the page as we get pertinent information and include announcements in our Daily Updates.
Labor Conference Sessions
The League Conference and League Affiliates are concerned about labor impacts on municipalities. The sessions listed below will provide you with insights into labor issues facing local government and the resources available to your community to help address these concerns.
Tuesday, November 16
Investing in Infrastructure: Successful Project Delivery (Room 411). As the potential for increased federal/state infrastructure funding increases across the state, it’s more important than ever to accelerate the time it takes to get projects out of the design and onto the street. This session will offer insights and best practices on how to quickly and efficiently advance local infrastructure construction and keep projects moving forward.
Labor Law: What’s on the horizon in public sector labor/employment law? (Hall A). Post-COVID reasonable accommodations; record-keeping and administration of leave time. Legalized recreational cannabis in the workplace: lessons learned and cautionary tales. The New Jersey Wage Theft Act – miscalculations and lack of payment. Payroll records as evidence, retention issues/obligations, and legal presumptions.
Small Downtowns Can Do Economic Development Too! (Room 318). Don't let limited resources hinder your revitalization aspirations. Small downtowns can harness people power, as well as leverage technical and financial assistance to do great things. Experts with boots on the ground will share best practices for big changes in your small downtown. This session is coordinated by Downtown New Jersey.
Procurement & Supply Chain Workforce Challenges (Room 321). Building an understanding of procurement challenges.
Wednesday, November 17
Prioritizing Sports Field & Grounds Maintenance Tasks (Room 315). Exploring municipal sports fields and grounds management priorities and considerations for in-house tasks and tasks better suited for external contractor-partners. Session from the Community Recreation Society of NJ.
NJ Uniform Construction Code - Permit & Submission Process (Room 320). Examination and review of the basic permit application and submission regulations of the NJ Uniform Construction Code N.J.A.C. 5:23 et.seq. Session from the Electrical Inspectors (NJMEIA).
2021 Labor/Employment Law & Ethics Update (Room 304). Join a veteran management-side labor/employment lawyer for another hard-hitting, action-packed legal update providing you with a review of the latest changes in labor/employment and government ethics.
A Year in the Life of a NJ Tax Collector (Room 312). A year in the life of a NJ tax collector will include a monthly schedule as well as all the daily duties required and expected with the Tax Collector title. Session from the Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
NJUMA Session: Building Community: The Necessity of Civilian Complaint Review Boards (Room 419). Policing nationwide is at a crossroads. Many communities are advocating for more transparency in policing and a building of trust between police and the communities they serve. Civilian complaint review boards (CCRB) have long served as a means of transparency and accountability in communities across the country. Urban local leaders continue to strive for better community policing relations and to push for the passage of CCRB legislation A4656/S2963. In this session, you will learn more about the history and operations of the state’s first CCRB located in Newark, as well as hear from key elected officials across the state who are advocating for reviews boards in our state.
Your Reputation Precedes You: Public Service and Personal Integrity (Room 411). This session will explore ethics in the workplace and preserving the public trust. Integrity in the public sector is essential for the public trust. Local government employees must be impartial, fair, honest, and truthful in executing their duties.
A Legacy of Safety: How Municipalities are Making It Happen (Room 301). As we continue to reckon with harm and harassment in the New Jersey political sphere, how are municipalities creating a new legacy of safety at work? Hear from your colleagues who are creating environments of safety and dismantling oppression in town hall and beyond throughout the state.
Prevailing Wage and Public Works Contracting Update (Room 403). Over the past year, there have been many changes to Prevailing Wage and Public Works Contracting laws and regulations. The session will provide an overview of these changes.
Thursday, November 18
Are You Prepared? Getting Ready for Negotiations (Room 302). A panel of seasoned practitioners from finance to personnel will help you to prepare for upcoming labor negotiations. The panel will focus on financial preparations, preparing information on key negotiations issues, and administrative strategies for the negotiations.
Starring NJ: Setting the Scene for a Booming Film Industry (Room 309). It's been a year since we were joined by representatives from the NJ Motion Picture & TV Commission. See what’s changed from the early days of the pandemic, and how the expansion of infrastructure and a booming industry impact what’s next for your town. Community representatives will learn about the current landscape of the NJ film industry and how they can leverage their town’s assets; and create opportunities for small, minority, and women-owned businesses. Participants will also gain a broad understanding of what it takes to host a film or television production, and how to effectively interact with production companies.
Personnel Policies-Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Policy (Room 201). A discussion of diversity, equity, and inclusion personnel policies. How your policies can be used to attract a more diversified workforce while fostering a welcoming and inclusive work environment.
Shared Service Update with the Czars (Room 404). New Jersey’s Shared Services Czars, former Mayors Jordan Glatt and Nicolas Platt, will be joined by a panel of practitioners to discuss the LEAP program, Shared Services for County Jail Annexes/Shared Municipal Courts, and other savings opportunities available to New Jersey municipalities
Interest Arbitration & Negotiation Update 2021 (Room 401). The most recent developments regarding interest arbitration, as well as an examination of negotiations under Chapter 78 and other timely issues concerning negotiations with uniformed personnel. Specific attention will be given to the interest arbitration statute and the 2% cap that sunset on December 31, 2017. The current state of the law regarding interest arbitration will be discussed, including an examination of arbitration decisions post 2% cap.
For more information on these and other sessions, visit the League’s website at www.njlm.org or 106th Annual Conference Homepage. The latest listing of sessions offering Continuing Education Units (CEUs) is also posted at the conference webpage. The Annual Conference App is now available for download and be sure to read more about these sessions and the Conference in the October and November editions of our magazine, New Jersey Municipalities.