Virtual Training Programs

2021 Fall Virtual Training Program Announcement

HRCI and SHRM Credits Available

In an effort to continue providing professional development and learning opportunities for our membership, MPELRA will be offering FREE virtual training sessions, in lieu of our 2021 Annual Training Conference, on selected Fridays during the months of September and October 2021.  This program will consist of four half-day sessions with two different topics presented on each day.  You can attend all 8 sessions or select as many as you are interested in and able to accommodate in your schedule. Details regarding the program and registration will be forth coming. In the meantime to insure your availability, please mark the dates on your calendar.

Save these Fridays for MPELRA Virtual Trainings
September 17, 2021
September 24, 2021
October 1, 2021
October 8, 2021

2 different topics scheduled each day starting at 12 Noon and concluding at 2:45 PM
(includes a 15 minute break between sessions)

We will be delighted to see you at our video conferencing sessions in September and October 2021.

Note:  MPELRA will be holding its virtual Annual Business Meeting, for the purpose of election of officers and board members and the conduct of other official business, on October 8, 2021 at 11:45 AM.  All MPELRA members will receive official notification in accordance with our By-Laws, but we ask that you reserve this date and time on your calendar so you will be available to attend.

Past Virtual Training Program Resources

June 25, 2021, 12 Noon to 1:15 PM
Legislative Update
Chris Hackbarth, Director, State & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League
We are all affected by legislation in many different areas and it can be difficult to keep up – especially now. This session will provide an update on pending legislation that may impact our communities and our work so we can best anticipate and prepare.

June 18, 2021, 12 Noon to 1:15 PM
COVID 19 by Race: What is Behind the Health Disparities and How to Remove Barriers to Equitable Access to Healthcare
Denise Z. Fair, Chief Public Health Officer, City of Detroit Denise will discuss how the COVID 19 pandemic brought social and racial inequities to the forefront of public health, the importance of equitable access to health care in Black and Brown communities; the need to remove these barriers; and what the City of Detroit is doing to provide equitable access to health care through COVID 19 treatments, vaccinations and beyond.

Safe Path to Reopening the Workplace
Scott Withington, Environmental Health General Manager, Detroit Health Department.  Employers need a plan to bring workers back to the workplace. Scott will discuss the safe path to reopening the workplace through COVID-19 guidelines, vaccinations, and employee testing.

June 11, 2021, 12 Noon to 1:15 PM
Navigating and Preparing for Matters with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission

Craig S. Schwartz, Shareholder, Butzel Long
This session will provide guidance on how to prepare for the most common cases that Michigan public employers encounter before the Michigan Employment Relations Commission.  Craig will explain what needs to be done before you get to MERC, what to expect when you get there and how to give yourself the best chance of a successful result.

March 26, 2021, 12 Noon to 1:15 PM
Medical Update/Health Benefit Review
Dr. B. Keith English, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University
Chadd Hodkinson, Area Vice President, Gallagher Benefit Services

Dr. English will describe the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current understanding of the virus and its variants. Mr. Hodkinson will continue the focus on health with a discussion of health care benefits trends emerging in response to the pandemic and more broadly.
Presentation Slides1 Link:  Medical Update
Presentation Slides 2 Link: MPELRA Gallagher Health Trends Presentation_Final
Presentation links – 2 Videos:          Part 1          Part 2

March 19, 2021, 12 Noon to 1:15 PM
Panel Discussion on Remote Work Today and Tomorrow
Brandon Fournier, Attorney, Shifman Fournier
Ursula Taylor-Holland, Deputy Director of Human Resources and Chief of Employee Services, City of Detroit
Moderator: Valerie Colbert-Osamuede, Deputy Director – Labor Relations

This panel discussion will look at emerging issues surrounding remote work during the COVID pandemic and when a “new normal” emerges after the pandemic subsides.  Panelists will identify challenges facing public sector human resources and labor relations professions in Michigan and will suggest methods to address those challenges and offer insight on how to build and sustain employee engagement.
Presentation Link: 
Presentation Slides: Remote Work in the Public Sector3.15notes

March 12, 2021, 12 Noon to 1:15 PM
Mental Health/Substances Abuse Issues Presented by COVID
Dave Pankotai, Chief Executive Officer, Macomb County Community Mental Health
Traci Smith, Chief of Staff, Macomb County Community Mental Health

This session will explore how COVID has impacted employee mental health and affected substance abuse in our communities.  Speakers will share their perspectives and provide the information human resources professionals should know to help address these emerging issues.
Presentation Link:  Mental Health & Substance Abuse Resources Video
Presentation Slides: Mental Health Substances Abuse Presentation

2020 Virtual Free Fall Friday Programs

Ready, Set, Lead!  Leadership Skills through the Lens of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Date and Time:         Friday, September 11, 2020, 12 Noon to 1:15 PM
Presentation Link:  
Presentation Slides:  FFF – Presentation Hard Copy 2020-09-11

Flexible Work Schedules
Date and Time:         Friday, September 25, 2020, 12 Noon to 1:15 PM
Presentation Link:  
Presentation Slides:  FFF – Presentation Hard Copy 2020-09-25

Panel Discussion on Labor Relations During COVID-19 Pandemic
Date and Time:       Friday, October 9, 2020, 12 Noon to 1:15 PM
The October 9, 2020 session was not recorded.

Understanding Mental Health in the Workplace
Date and Time        Friday, October 23, 2020, 12 Noon to 1:15 PM
Presentation Link:   

Navigating Legal Requirements, Gender and LGBTQ Issues
Date and Time:       Friday, October 30, 2020, 12 Noon to 1:15 PM
Presentation Link:   (we apologize for the sound quality issues at the end of the program)
Presentation Slides:  MPELRA PowerPoint.10.30.20