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SDAO Human Resources Training Series

The SDAO Human Resources Regional Training Series is back! Join our team for an exciting lineup of HR topics. We will cover:

Employee file management - It’s more than a file with paper in it
Monica Schultz, SDAO HR Manager
It seems so simple - it’s just the employee file, right? Not necessarily. The employee file must be managed and maintained in a specific manner, often required by law. Not to mention having an organized employee file is much easier to present to your legal counsel in the event of an investigation. In this session you will be provided with the basics of employee file management and retention.

Paid Leave Oregon – Where are we now?
Laurie Grenya, HR Answers President and Owner
By now you all will have heard about Paid Leave Oregon and should have been submitting the required payroll taxes that commenced in January.  With this complex and confusing law, there will never be enough training you can attend.  Join Laurie Grenya from HR Answers as she presents on Paid Leave Oregon and “where are we now?”

Wage and Hour – The right and wrong of wage and hour application
Spencer Rockwell, SDAO Assistant General Counsel
Join Spencer Rockwell as he works with you through the wage and hour world, including classification of employees through managing and working with staff.  Other topics will include the changed work environment (hybrid/work from home) and making sure your entity is keeping pace and staying ahead of the complexities of remote work.  This session will primarily focus on hourly employees, but there will also be discussion about salaried employees and some of the unique challenges that arise.

The Board’s Role in Managing Your CEO – From performance evaluations to everyday duties
Roy Emery, SDAO Consultant
Boards are sometimes challenged defining their relationship with their CEO. During this session, Roy Emery, SDAO Senior Consultant, will help you navigate this dynamic. Roy will review how boards can work with their CEO and maintain a successful board-manager relationship. He will also cover everything involved in establishing policies that help guide the CEO. The importance of organizational goals and CEO performance evaluations will also be discussed.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – The HR Part
Laurie Grenya, HR Answers President and Owner
You’ve probably heard that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) should be foundational to organization decision making and culture.  Do you ever just feel like they are the buzz words that won’t go away? Or, when you do dig in to understand, the discussion is not relevant to your district or what you think you need help with? Diversity, equity, and inclusion are valuable to our communities and required by some laws. In this session, we will talk about the basics of each term and how they fit into human resource management. We will discuss the steps that can be taken by any organization to move their DEI needle and how DEI fits into planning for the future human resource goals of the organization.

Dates and Locations

  • May 3 – Pendleton | Pendleton Convention Center - Vert Clubroom (345 SW 4th St)
  • May 17 – Newport | Best Western Agate Beach Inn
  • May 31 – Medford | Rogue Regency Inn
  • June 1 – Cottage Grove | Cottage Grove Events Venue
  • June 8 – Redmond | Eagle Crest Resort
  • June 14 – Salem | Chemeketa Eola Viticulture Center

Time: 9am-3pm

Cost: $75 for SDAO members and SDIS Agents

Registration: On a first come, first served basis, each district can use discount code HRREG23 for one free training registration.




*Please note, we will only be accepting payment by credit card through the registration site. Need to pay by check? Please submit your payment with a completed paper registration form. Registration will be complete upon receipt of payment and form. If are registering multiple individuals, please complete a form for each registrant.

Credits Available:  

Board Leadership/Fire District Directors Academy: 

  • Module 4/Module 5: Evaluating Your Executive Director/General Manager/Fire Chief
  • Module 4/Module 5: Cultural Diversity

SDAO Academy:

  • HR/Personnel Management: Wage & Hour Compliance (5 Credits)
  • HR/Personnel Management: Managing Employee Leave (5 Credits)
  • Elective: 10 Credits 


  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (1 PDC)
  • HR Expertise: U.S. Employment Law & Regulations (2 PDC)
  • Leadership & Navigation (1 PDC)

Cancelation Policy
To receive a full refund, cancel your registration at least five (5) business days in advance of your scheduled training date. No shows will be charged.

In accordance with guidance from the Oregon Health Authority, masks will be optional at our in-person training events.



Please contact SDAO Member Services at 800-285-5461 or


SDAO is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities.