Real Time with IPELRA

IPELRA

The podcast where we talk about HR topics and issues facing public employers in Illinois.

All Episodes

Megan and Cristina speak with Candace Fisher from HR Source about the number of employees leaving the workforce.  Candace can be reached at  info@hrsource.org.  Make sure you include her name in your message!

Nov 29

37 min 17 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Elizabeth "Liz" Wagman from Tressler LLP in the third and final segment of the 3 part series on workplace harassment.  Liz can be reached at ewagman@tresslerllp.com.

Nov 22

27 min 2 sec

This week Megan and Cristina speak with Darcy Proctor, Partner at Tressler LLP in the second of our 3 part series in navigating a harassmnt free workplace.  Darcy can be reached at dproctor@tresslerllp.com or 312-307-8595.

Nov 14

32 min 43 sec

In the first of a 3 part series on harassment in the workplace 'Real Time' speaks with Senior Counsel at Tressler LLP Kathleen Gibbons.  Kathleen can be reached at kgibbons@tresslerllp.com or 312-968-2280.

Nov 7

34 min 49 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Brad Folkens, bfolkens@citytchusa.com, the man behind the curtain at the popular website, www.publicsalary.com 

Nov 1

38 min 3 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Mary Lynn Fayoumi, President of HR Source.  Mary recently authored an article on October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  Mary and the team at HR Source can be reached at 800-448-4584 or at info@hrsource.org.

Oct 24

30 min 10 sec

Senior Counsel Leigh Jeter from Michael Best & Friedrich Law firm talks about new Illinois laws and addressing SCANDAL in the workplace.  Leigh can be reached at sljeter@michaelbest.com or 312-596-5806.

Oct 19

30 min 32 sec

This week Megan and Cristina speak with Keri-Lyn Krafthefer equity partner with the Ancel Glink Law Firm about mandating vaccines in the workplace.  This compelling episode covers a variety of issues that may impact an employers ability to mandate a vaccine in the workplace.

Oct 11

26 min 21 sec

This week Megan and Cristina speak with Alli Arndt Wellness Manager for Assurance.  Learn the benefits of having a wellness program in your workplace.

Oct 4

31 min 42 sec

In the Season Three Premiere Megan and Cristina speak with Amy Moor- Gaylord from Akerman, LLP about the very real issue of workplace bullying even while many people are working remotely.  Amy can be reached at 312-282-4646 or by email at amy.gaylord@akerman.com.  For more information on workplace bullying, please visit, https://workplacebullying.org/.  

Sep 27

32 min 11 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Geri Kerger, Executive Director of NAMI DuPage about the reality of mental health and what we as employers can do about it.  Director Kerger can be reached at 630-752-0066 X201 and can assist those outside of DuPage County as well.  Her email is g.kerger@namidupage.org. 

Jun 7

31 min 58 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Angela Adams from HR Source about compensation discrimination.

Jun 2

29 min 14 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Ben Gehrt, partner at Clark Baird Smith about the importance of understanding military leave laws in employment.

May 20

26 min 18 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Stacey Patrianakos, HR Manager for the Village of Homer Glen about the Village's recent absorption of the Homer Road district and subsequent creation of a Public Works Department.

May 14

28 min 9 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Top Female Labor and Employment Lawyer Jill O'Brien about the new Illinois Law on convictions and background checks.  Jill can be reached at jobrien@lanermuchin.com or 312-531-1151. https://www.ipelra.org/DocumentCenter/View/2098/Internal-Record-of-Conviction-Questionnaire- https://www.ipelra.org/DocumentCenter/View/2099/Notice-of-Adverse-Action- https://www.ipelra.org/DocumentCenter/View/2100/Notice-of-Applicant-or-Employee-of-Pending-Adverse-Action-

Apr 19

27 min 13 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Nancy Farnam, Area Senior Vice President and Compliance Counsel for the Great Lakes Region of Gallagher’s Benefits & HR Consulting division about the Consolidated Appropriations Act.  For more information please contact Joyce Janu Area Vie President and Public Sector contact at joyce_janu@ajg.com 

Apr 12

27 min 11 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Lake Forest Human Resources Director DeSha Kalmar on the role of HR as a strategic business partner in local government.  DeSha can be reached at KalmarD@cityoflakeforest.com until the end of April and than at desha.kalmar@gmail.com.

Apr 5

30 min 5 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Yvette Heintzelman, Senior Law Partner at Clark Baird Smith, about safety sensitive positions.  Yvette can be reached at YHeintzelman@cbslawyers.com or 847-378-7706.

Mar 29

31 min 52 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Kimberly Richardson, Deputy City Manager for the City of Evanston on what this topic means to her and why this has become a priority for the City of Evanston.  Kim can be reached at krichardson@cityofevanston.org.

Mar 22

34 min 7 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Anne Marie Gaura, Lincolnwood Village Manager about her experience caring for her parents while working as well as what employers can do to be proactive in addressing this issue.  Anne Marie can be reached at 847-745-4712 or AGaura@lwd.org. Below are helpful resources for employers: https://www.hbs.edu/managing-the-future-of-work/Documents/The_Caring_Company.pdf https://nebgh.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/NEBGH-Caregiving_Practical-Guide-FINAL.pdf

Mar 15

24 min 50 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Lt. Chris Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff's Office about their successful efforts with community outreach and engagement.  Lt. Covelli can be reached at CCovelli@lakecountyil.gov or (847) 317-4180.

Mar 8

29 min 42 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Warrenville Police Chief Ray Turano regarding conducing employee investigations.  Chief Turano can be reached at rturano@warrenville.il.us.

Mar 1

28 min 49 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Political Science Professor Casey LaFrance about the origins and the idea of community policing.  You can reach Casey LaFrance MPA, PhD and check out his work at tc-lafrance@wiu.edu, https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=g2tM5q0AAAAJ&hl=en, https://www.amazon.com/Targeting-Discretion-Frontline-Officers-Students/dp/1940771099

Feb 22

35 min 14 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Joel Babbitt,  Benefit Coordinator/VEBA Plan Administrator for IPPFA Benefits about what plans employers should offer to assist employees with funding healthcare in retirement. Joel can be reached at joelb@ippfabenefits.org or 773-427-2060. Below are two payment calculators listeners can use to estimate healthcare costs in retirement.  https://www.wealthhealthblueprint.com/about-you/ https://nationwidefinancial.com/nationwide-retirement-institute/health-care-in-retirement

Feb 15

28 min 21 sec

Cristina and Megan speak with Katie George, CFA, Director and Client Portfolio Manager of ICMA-RC about retirement planning and the economic impacts of Covid-19.  Katie can be reached at kgeorge@icmarc.org.

Feb 8

25 min 13 sec

Cristina speaks with Abby Rogers, labor and employment counselor at Engler, Callaway, Baasten & Sraga about federal agency activity in the sunset of an administration.

Feb 1

32 min 48 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Clark Baird Smith law partner Roxana Underwood about the duty to bargain over body cams and Police Reform Bill HB3653.  Roxana can be reached at runderwood@cbslawyers.com.  For more information on HB3653 sign up for IPELRA's critically acclaimed Employment Law Seminar being offered virtually this year! Visit www.ipelra.org to register.

Jan 25

29 min 15 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Risk Management Consultant Dane Mall from Alliant.  Dane can be reached at Dane.Mall@alliant.com.  For information on your requirements and responsibilities, visit, https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/osha-rkforms-winstr_fillable.pdf.

Jan 18

30 min 10 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Jim Powers, founding partner of Clark Baird Smith LLP on this important topic.  Jim can be reached at jpowers@cbslawyers.com or in the office at 847-378-7707. ***Also - Check the April 2021 IPELRA Newsletter for a Potential New Legal Development Affecting a Public Employer’s Right to Mandate COVID Vaccines Authorized Under the FDA’s Emergency Powers***

Jan 11

28 min 1 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Jeff Nowak, Attorney with Littler and author of the popular blog, FMLA Insights.  Jeff can be reached at jnowak@littler.com.

Jan 4

27 min 53 sec

In this final episode of Season One Megan and Cristina speak with Andra Medea about her innovative de-escalation technique, C3.  Andra can be reached at www.C3D.co.  https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20200919/successful-partners

Nov 2020

27 min 49 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Mysi Hall, HR Generalist at GovHR and President-Elect of The Legacy Project about a disturbing workplace trend--women stepping back because of COVID.  COVID Response Survey www.legacyprojectnow.org/resources Mysi can be reached at mhall@govhrusa.com

Nov 2020

27 min 34 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Sonal Shaw of HR Source as she previews her upcoming webinar on this important topic.

Nov 2020

30 min 6 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Joyce Marker.  Joyce has been a licensed psychotherapist for over twenty years and has served in multiple leadership positions including President of the Illinois Counseling Association, two-terms as President of the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association, and Chair of the Midwest Region of the American Counseling Association. If you would like to access a PDF that includes the key points discussed during the podcast and additional resources, please  text MENTALHEALTH to 33777.  https://www.joyce-marter.com/ Resources for First Responders https://www.nami.org/Your-Journey/Frontline-Professionals/Public-Safety-Professionals

Nov 2020

26 min 15 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Marji Swanson, partner at Mahoney, Silverman, and Cross, LLC about politics in the workplace.  What activity is permitted and what should be prohibited in a public sector workplace?  Marji can be reached at 815-730-9500 and on the web at www.mwclaw.com. 

Nov 2020

25 min 19 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Yordana Wysocki, legal partner with Hervas, Condon & Bersani, PC. about Justice Ginsburg's contributions to the workplace.  Yordana can be reached at ywysocki@hcbattorneys.com.  

Oct 2020

31 min 1 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with IPELRA President Leslie G. Rienzie-Barry, HRCI-SPHR, SHRM-SCP on her experience with the organization as she passes the torch to Cristina.  Leslie is the Director of Human Resources  for the Will County Circuit Clerk and can be reached at  lrienzie@willcountyillinois.com.

Oct 2020

30 min 29 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Senior Employment Counselor Sonal Shah from HR Source.  Sonal discusses workplace trends amid a global pandemic and divisive political climate.  Listen to hear how President Trump's latest Executive Order may impact your planned diversity training. https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-combating-race-sex-stereotyping/ Sonal can be reached at www.hrsource.org. 

Oct 2020

31 min 57 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Powerhouse Heidi Voorhees (GovHr) on the need for organizational analysis.  Learn what you need to know to stay effective and efficient in 2020!  Heidi can be reached on the web at  www.govhrusa.com  or HVoorhees@GovHRusa.com

Sep 2020

28 min 43 sec

Our first ever QUAD communication!  Megan and Cristina speak with IPELRA's own Bob Smith, managing partner at Clark Baird Smith and counselor to IPELRA and daughter Dr. Stephanie Smith, Assistant Professor of Communication at Virginia Tech.  The group discusses the challenges of communicating during a global pandemic and offers tips for Elected Officials to successfully utilize social media. Bob can be reached at rsmith@cbslawyers.com.or 847-378-7700. Stephanie can be contacted at  stephasmith1@gmail.com or via linkedin.com/in/stephanie-smith-phd-apr.

Sep 2020

27 min 47 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Civil Rights Attorney Jim Sotos about qualified immunity.  Learn what this legal principal really is, what it means for Police operations, and how it affects municipal government.  Jim can be reached at JSotos@jsotoslaw.com.

Sep 2020

36 min 48 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Cris Randall, former IPELRA member and City of Alpharetta, GA Human Resources Director.  Cris shares her journey to HR and speaks about her educational background.  Her unique perspective offers insight into what employers should look for while recruiting.  Cris can be reached at crandall@alpharetta.ga.us.

Sep 2020

33 min 48 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Margo Ely, Executive Director for IRMA, a risk management pool in Illinois, about the IL Worker's Compensation Commission ruling earlier this, the Illinois legislature's ruling, and new provisions for PEDA.  Learn how to protect your employees and your municipality in this informative episode.  Margo can be reached at margoe@irmarisk.org.

Aug 2020

34 min 9 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with IPELRA Alum and current Village of Woodridge Manager Al Stonitsch about a thoughtfully created program implemented to address personnel costs.   for more information on this program contact Al at 630-719-4707  or AStonitsch@vil.woodridge.il.us. 

Aug 2020

33 min 34 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Park Forest Police Chief Christopher Mannino.  Park Forest was recently spotlighted in the news in the wake of cries to defund Police.  Listen to how this community has redeployed resources to meet community needs. https://www.fox32chicago.com/video/832880 Chief Mannino can be reached at cmannino@ParkForest-IL.gov.

Aug 2020

32 min 14 sec

John Hayes, Senior Counselor at Smith Amundsen, jhayes@salawus.com, discusses with Megan and Crisitna a recent webinar his firm hosted addressing the upcoming school year and the impact remote learning will have on employers.  You can view the webinar in its entirety here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLFElBN-7Sk&feature=youtu.be.

Aug 2020

31 min 49 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Melissa Sobota, an attorney with Franczek P.C. a law firm representing the City of Chicago in negotiations with the Policemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of Illinois.  The three discuss the issues before the arbitrator and awards regarding significant police accountability provisions and increased health care contributions for Supervisors electing to take early retirement among other items.  Melissa can be reached at mds@franczek.com.

Aug 2020

31 min 50 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with John Kelly, an attorney with the firm Ottosen DiNolfo Hasenbalg & Castaldo, Ltd.  The three discuss current situations and real life examples employees and employers may be faced in the workplace.

Jul 2020

31 min 52 sec

Megan and Cristina speak with Renee Bouvier from Robert Half Technology regarding a recent survey the published regarding employee time off during this uncertain times. http://rh-us.mediaroom.com/2020-05-28-Survey-The-State-of-Summer-Vacations-For-Employees

Jul 2020

31 min 32 sec

This week, Megan and Cristina speak with Kelly Coyle, Board member for the Legacy project, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing and promoting women in local government.  Learn how you can get involved in this enterprising organization and address the gender gap in local government.  https://www.legacyprojectnow.org/

Jul 2020

35 min 37 sec