Education Catalog (Webinars)

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Filing Your UC Quarterly Reports
This webinar will focus on the UC quarterly report filing process for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the PSATS UC Trust. Course content is geared toward the secretary and UC Processor who is new to the filing process or for those who simply need a refresher course. Agenda items include:
  • Who files the reports
  • Filing on the Commonwealth of PA site
  • Computing the taxable wage
  • Filing on the PSATS Connect site

1/10/2019  2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Police Pursuit Issues - Law, Agency Policy & Decision Making
This webinar will provide an overview on current issues relating to police pursuits, including applicable state law, agency policy considerations, and a discussion of the factors influencing the decision to pursue or discontinue pursuit. Given numerous recent high-profile pursuit cases at the state and national level, this is a great opportunity for municipalities with police departments to stay on top of an important issue.

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit

1/16/2019  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


DIY Green Infrastructure Projects
In this webinar, April Barkasi of Cedarville Engineering will provide participants with easy and effective strategies for identifying and planning low-cost, high-value green infrastructure projects, including detention basin retrofits and rain gardens, that can be constructed utilizing municipal public works staff and area volunteers.

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit

1/23/2019  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Document Management Tools for Townships
This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the benefits of going digital with their records management converting paper records to searchable digital images, including the benefits of going digital, document conversion best practices, document management software options, and current municipal records retention policies in Pennsylvania. Attendees will come away with an understanding of how to prepare for a successful digital migration project, including planning, scope, budgeting and timelines.

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit

1/30/2019  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Act 13 Reporting Instructions for Local Governments
During this webinar, Amy Zuvich of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) will demonstrate how to file Act 13-related reports through the Act 13 Reporting website. Additionally, Ms. Zuvich will show participants where to locate blank copies of the forms should they wish to continue filing paper copies. She will also address a number of other issues commonly faced by townships making Act 13-related filings, including due dates and reporting years, and will answer other questions frequently received by the PUC, including those relating to what expenditures are allowed under Act 13.

2/5/2019  10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


Communications Preparedness: Planning for navigating Issues and Managing Crises
Today's communications require agility and attentiveness to the needs of the public and your community partners and employees. For municipalities, understanding how to leverage effective communications across their websites and other owned content, social networks and through effective media relations requires planning and foresight. Mandy Arnold, CEO of Gavin, a public relations and crisis communications firm, will review best practices and top tips for planning for an issue or crisis situation. Gain key insights into effective communications to avoid a potential crisis, essential steps to starting a communications plan, and messaging with partners under various scenarios. You will have an opportunity to ask questions that will be answered by a communications professional who has managed national and local crisis situations for small and large clients alike.

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit

2/6/2019  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Creating an Affordable Retirement Plan (Members Only)
The Trustees Insurance Fund, through PSATS, is offering a webinar to provide an introduction to our 457 Plan and help your township officials determine if this is a valuable benefit to offer to the employees. This benefit can be offered to both full-time and part-time employees for a nominal annual administrative fee. The Plan can be set-up for “employee-only” contributions and includes a Roth feature that allows for post-tax contributions. Participants can choose either the Roth or traditional “pre-tax” option – or use a combination of the two. Also, participants in the plan can choose from a wide variety of investment options and enjoy the flexibility of managing their own retirement account. Township officials can offer this Plan as an “employee-only” contribution and pass the low annual administrative fee costs on to the employees, making the plan a “no-cost” retirement benefit for your township.

This will be an interactive Webinar; participants will be able to submit questions to the presenter, who will answer them for the entire group.

2/7/2019  10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


Code Enforcement 101 for Municipal Officials/Employees
If you have questions about your township's code enforcement responsibilities, are new to a code enforcement position, or have oversight over code enforcement, this webinar is an excellent opportunity to get up to speed. Join Andrew Holter of Strategic Municipal Group as he reviews key legal issues arising out of code enforcement, such as the right-of-entry, plain sight doctrine and more. Mr. Holter will also review the difference between property maintenance and zoning matters and how the various model codes and ordinances can be properly enforced.

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit

2/13/2019  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Effective Discipline and Write-Ups for Public Employees
Dealing with personnel issues is one of the most challenging aspects of the job for municipal boards, managers, secretaries and others in supervisory roles. This webinar, which will be presented by Christopher Gabriel of Cafardi, Ferguson, Wyrick, Weis & Stotler, LLC, will explain the rules of the road when it comes to discipline and effective write-ups. It will stress common sense, clear steps to take both in meeting with employees and unions, and producing documents that stand up to later scrutiny. The webinar is geared to municipal officials and employees, not lawyers, and is loaded with practical advice for handling disciplinary matters.

2/20/2019  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Municipal Stormsewer System Mapping
In this webinar, participants will learn about inspection techniques, qualifying/quantifying attributes, and mapping techniques for municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4). The webinar, which will be presented by Nate Merkel of Arro Consulting, will cover best practices for visual inspections of the condition of municipal stormwater assets, measuring and cataloging of the structure features, such as size and classification, and how to efficiently and accurately utilize GPS equipment to create data that will be easily read and used in an ArcGIS environment.

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit

2/27/2019  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Addressing 101 - The Dos and Don'ts of Address Assignments
In this webinar, presenters Kristy Deischer-Eddy and Louise Wennberg will provide real-world examples to illustrate the problems and best practices of address assignments. The webinar will also discuss the use of GIS maps to assist with address assignments and proivde sample addressing coordinator letters. Attendees will have an opportunity to pose specific questions regarding their own addressing challenges.

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit

3/6/2019  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Solving Wage/Hour Challenges
Not sure whether your township is correctly handling the payment of wages and overtime for its employees? The primary focus of this webinar, which will be presented by Theresa Mongiovi and Angela Sanders of Brubaker Connaughton Goss & Luccarelli LLC, will be on addressing issues that frequently lead to problems, including: figuring out whether your employees are exempt or non-exempt from overtime; how rounding, rest/meal periods, travel time, and donning/doffing figure into the calculation of hours worked; addressing how bonus payments, blended pay rates, prevailing wage and premium pay affect overtime pay calculations; and ensuring compliance with overtime pay and compensatory time policies.

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit

4/17/2019  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Creating an Affordable Retirement Plan (Members Only)
The Trustees Insurance Fund, through PSATS, is offering a webinar to provide an introduction to our 457 Plan and help your township officials determine if this is a valuable benefit to offer to the employees. This benefit can be offered to both full-time and part-time employees for a nominal annual administrative fee. The Plan can be set-up for “employee-only” contributions and includes a Roth feature that allows for post-tax contributions. Participants can choose either the Roth or traditional “pre-tax” option – or use a combination of the two. Also, participants in the plan can choose from a wide variety of investment options and enjoy the flexibility of managing their own retirement account. Township officials can offer this Plan as an “employee-only” contribution and pass the low annual administrative fee costs on to the employees, making the plan a “no-cost” retirement benefit for your township.

This will be an interactive Webinar; participants will be able to submit questions to the presenter, who will answer them for the entire group.

5/14/2019  2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Creating an Affordable Retirement Plan (Members Only)
The Trustees Insurance Fund, through PSATS, is offering a webinar to provide an introduction to our 457 Plan and help your township officials determine if this is a valuable benefit to offer to the employees. This benefit can be offered to both full-time and part-time employees for a nominal annual administrative fee. The Plan can be set-up for “employee-only” contributions and includes a Roth feature that allows for post-tax contributions. Participants can choose either the Roth or traditional “pre-tax” option – or use a combination of the two. Also, participants in the plan can choose from a wide variety of investment options and enjoy the flexibility of managing their own retirement account. Township officials can offer this Plan as an “employee-only” contribution and pass the low annual administrative fee costs on to the employees, making the plan a “no-cost” retirement benefit for your township.

This will be an interactive Webinar; participants will be able to submit questions to the presenter, who will answer them for the entire group.

8/8/2019  10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


Creating an Affordable Retirement Plan (Members Only)
The Trustees Insurance Fund, through PSATS, is offering a webinar to provide an introduction to our 457 Plan and help your township officials determine if this is a valuable benefit to offer to the employees. This benefit can be offered to both full-time and part-time employees for a nominal annual administrative fee. The Plan can be set-up for “employee-only” contributions and includes a Roth feature that allows for post-tax contributions. Participants can choose either the Roth or traditional “pre-tax” option – or use a combination of the two. Also, participants in the plan can choose from a wide variety of investment options and enjoy the flexibility of managing their own retirement account. Township officials can offer this Plan as an “employee-only” contribution and pass the low annual administrative fee costs on to the employees, making the plan a “no-cost” retirement benefit for your township.

This will be an interactive Webinar; participants will be able to submit questions to the presenter, who will answer them for the entire group.

10/15/2019  2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.