Education Catalog (Webinars)

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Effectively Evaluating and Managing Employee Performance
It’s a Marathon, not a Sprint – Effectively Evaluating and Managing Employee Performance . . .

Just like a race, successfully managing employee performance requires preparation, including establishing the job duties and expectations in advance. In addition, solid performance management requires a steady pace of regular feedback and most importantly, effective documentation. This program will focus on the critical steps, from beginning to end, that Townships must take to effectively manage and address employee performance.

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit

9/20/2017  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Preparing for Winter Maintenance Operations
You owe it to your municipality to participate in this webinar in which we will discuss ideas and proven techniques to help you prepare for and deal with winter weather events. Not only will we discuss having a written winter maintenance plan, we will touch on anti-icing, pre-wetting and snow plowing techniques for your paved roadways.

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit

9/27/2017  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Preparing Your Emergency Response Team

When disasters strike, there are lots of jobs that need to be accomplished in a short amount of time and to a high degree of accuracy. Whether it is the township’s emergency management coordinator (EMC) working the phones to find additional needed supplies or the Public Information Office (PIO) meeting with the press to provide important and factual information for your residents or the road crew placing “road closed” signs to keep the traveling public safe, no one person can do it all. The presenter is well-versed in the need for the township to create a multi-member emergency management team, as he has been a fire chief and a PIO and an EMC in addition to his full-time job as a college teacher. This dynamic presentation will help you understand the “who” and the “why” for building an emergency management team that will be able to provide even more effective emergency management service to their township.

10/04/2017  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

401-a and 457-b: The Perfect Retirement 'Match'
Is your municipality offering its employees the necessary building blocks for a secure future in retirement? The Trustees Insurance Fund, through PSATS, is presenting a webinar which will provide an introduction to our new 401-a Defined Contribution retirement plan. This type of plan offers much flexibility to the municipality in determining who is eligible to participate and who controls the investment options. Contributions by the employer can be a fixed percent of salary or a flat dollar amount per year, making the budgeting process more predictable and easier.

10/05/2017  2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

How to Succeed at Developing Zoning Ordinances

Zoning is how a township regulates the use of the land in its borders and the type of structures that can be built there. It can also help protect the character of a community by requiring that new structures be built in a style that it is more in line with how your township currently “looks”. A zoning ordinance is designed to protect public health, safety, and welfare and to guide growth. This webinar will address how your township can develop a good zoning ordinance, whether you are starting from scratch or want to modify an existing ordinance.

10/11/2017  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

How to Make an Effective Township Website

People use the internet for everything, everywhere, all the time. Since the days of relying on phone books are long gone, when people need to find information, they most likely turn to the internet. Your residents are no difference – whether they want to know how to get a building permit or if they want to sign up to rent the park pavilion, they want to be able to access your services on their computer. A good-looking website is also easier to use for your residents, and is also your business “sign” that gives your visitors their first impression of your community. Because of the pride you have in your township, you want that first impression to be a good one. This webinar will help guide you through the process of developing an effective website.

10/18/2017  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Effective Drainage for Dirt and Gravel Roads

If you have dirt and gravel roads, you know the importance of road drainage, especially during the coming months! Road drainage is an essential element of any road design, but especially for dirt and gravel roads as water draining off the surface can erode the very road itself. The PSU Center for Dirt and Gravel Roads has undertaken years of research on learning how to protect dirt and gravel roads from the erosional forces of stormwater and upland drainage patterns. This webinar will discuss the general concepts of how to effectively drain dirt and gravel roads so that the road itself is not structurally damaged using a variety of techniques such as proper crown and cross-slope, such as grade breaks, berm removal, and broad-based dips. If you have dirt and gravel roads, you will want to attend this webinar.

10/25/2017  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

457(b) Deferred Compensation

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.

10/26/2017  10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Managing Your Unemployment Compensation Claims

Your former employee applies for unemployment compensation and you receive a request for separation information. How do you complete the forms and how much time do you have to return the form to the UC Service Center? Did you know that inadequate and untimely responses may lead to improper payments to the claimant and result in an increase in the contribution rate for your township?

The PSATS Unemployment Compensation Group Trust has been assisting townships with the management of their unemployment compensation obligations since 1981. To keep you updated on the claim process, the Trust is offering an hour-long webinar to help lower your costs. The session will cover:

   - claim standards and procedures
   - the hearing process
   - workforce management practices

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

11/02/2017  2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.