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SDAO Human Resources Training Series

In the interest of the health and safety of our members and staff, we have moved our in-person SDAO human resources regional trainings to the virtual world. 

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Diversity and Inclusion
May 7 | Access the Recording

Diversity and inclusion continue to be important themes in today’s workplace. Like any worthwhile initiative, diversity and inclusion consist of many parts. Discrimination is one of those parts. In addition to discrimination laws that all employees and supervisors need to know, this training explains what it means to embrace diversity and the benefits it brings. This session will discuss how diversity and inclusion overlap with discrimination, and what organizations can do to promote diversity and inclusion in an effort to prevent discrimination. Presented by Deborah Jeffries with HR Answers.

We will cover:

  • Defining diversity, inclusion, discrimination, adverse action, and protected class and your responsibilities under these topics.
  • The benefits and challenges of having a diverse workplace
  • The two main types of discrimination and how it can happen in the workplace
  • Which classes of employees find protection under the law
  • What circumstances can lead to a charge of discrimination; and
  • Why diversity and inclusion matter in your workplace

Credit Information:

  • SDAO Board Leadership Academy: Module 4: Cultural Diversity
  • SDAO/OFDDA Fire District Directors Academy: Module 5: Cultural Diversity
  • SDAO Academy: Elective (5 Credits)
  • SHRM: 1.5 PDC – HR Expertise: Diversity & Inclusion

About the Speaker:
Deborah Jeffries serves as one of the Co-President for HR Answers, Inc.  She has over 37 years’ experience in the human resources field (33 in consulting).  As a consultant, recruiter and trainer, Deborah works with organizations on the employment processes/activities, performance management, coaching/counseling, customer service, diversity, harassment, supervision, leadership, improved communication and more. 

Beginning Steps When Medical Issues Arise
May 13 | Access the Recording

Medical issues in the workplace can be sensitive and challenging.  Spencer Rockwell and Ron Downs will provide advice and guidance on how to gather information (appropriately) and how to navigate through a medical issue with your employees. Presented by Spencer Rockwell and Ron Downs with SDAO.

Credit Information:

  • SDAO Academy: Human Resources/Personnel Management – ADA (5 Credits)
  • SHRM: 1.5 PDC – HR Expertise: US Employment Law & Regulations

About the Speakers:
Ron Downs is General Counsel for Special Districts Association of Oregon.  Ron is a trial attorney whose area of concentration includes wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, ADA and employment discrimination issues.  He actively counsels special district employers on day-to-day employment problems and liability.  He practices extensively before state and federal agencies.  Ron received his B.S. from Oregon State University and his law degree from Willamette University School of Law.

Spencer Rockwell is Assistant General Counsel with SDAO.  Spencer assists all our districts in matters of employment law, both at the administrative level through contested case or litigation.  Spencer also provides advice and guidance on public meetings/records law among the many other legal challenges districts may face. Prior to coming to SDAO, Spencer was a partner at a Salem law firm representing individuals, public entities, and private employers in all types of litigation including employment matters and legal and medical malpractice defense.


Employee Leave: Protected, Discretionary, Paid, or Unpaid
May 19 | Access the Recording

Employee leave is one of the most difficult and administratively heavy tasks an organization must take on.  How big do we have to be for that to apply?  Is that paid?  Does it run concurrently? How much protected time does an employee get?  What qualifies them for more leave?  These are just a few of the questions we will break down.  Providing a clear picture of required and discretionary leaves, paid and unpaid leaves, protected and unprotected leaves and when these overlap.  This is not an area to take lightly as lack of consistency or application of required leaves will likely result in a discrimination/retaliation lawsuit. Presented by Laurie Grenya with HR Answers.

Credit Information:

  • SDAO Academy: Human Resources/Personnel Management – Managing Employee Leave (5 Credits)
  • SHRM: 1.5 PDC – HR Expertise: US Employment Law & Regulations

About the Speaker:
Laurie Grenya has been working in the field of human resources for 20 years. Her experience includes everything from doing the day-to-day work of HR through leading HR strategy development and implementation. Laurie’s experience includes, government, private, and non-profits of all sizes and she relies on all of these perspectives to assist each client in finding a path that works best for them.


Wage and Hour: A High-Level Overview
May 26 | Access the Recording

From the day your employee is hired to the day they leave your organization, there are many wage and hour items that you will manage.  Join Monica Harrison, SDAO HR Manager and Nicole Harbaugh, SDAO Accountant for an overview and discussion of a variety of wage and hour topics.

Credit Information:

  • SDAO Academy: Human Resources/Personnel Management – Wage & Hour Compliance (5 Credits)
  • SHRM: 1.5 PDC – HR Expertise: US Employment Law & Regulations

About the Speakers:
Monica Harrison has been with SDAO for over three years and has developed the SDAO HR Alliance along with providing various trainings and support to the SDAO members, while also managing the internal HR functions of SDAO. Monica has developed her career as an HR professional, primarily working in public sector, while working in state agencies and municipalities in multiple states.

Nicole Harbaugh is new with SDAO and brings with her a career background that includes auditing, purchasing and inventory management and bookkeeping. As the SDAO Accountant, Nicole manages the SDAO payroll, accounts receivable, payable and many other duties within the accounting department.



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