Health and Wellness Programs for Public Safety Agencies Webinar Series

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Wellness, Fitness and Employment Law

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
8:30 – 10:00 AM PST

  • The basics of the Americans With Disabilities Act, the conditions covered by the ADA, and an employer’s reasonable accommodation obligation.
  • How the ADA interrelates with the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Genetic Information Discrimination Act, state and local laws, and obligations under a collective bargaining agreement or memorandum of understanding.
  • When can an employer legally require a fitness-for-duty evaluation?
  • Privacy and medical information.
  • Facts and figures – what does the hard evidence show about public safety employees and life expectancy, heart disease, pulmonary disorders, depression, suicide, PTSD, sleep disorders, and other conditions.

Will Aitchison, Attorney at Law, Public Safety Labor Group, LLP; Executive Director, LRIS.

Mental Health in First Responders: Approaches to PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
8:30 – 10:00 AM PST

A moderated discussion between Will Aitchison and Dr. Lilly. Topics include:

  • Public Safety Employees and Depression
  • Anxiety Disorder and Law Enforcement Performance
  • PTSD Symptoms
  • Traumatic Events and First Responders
  • Compassion Fatigue & Secondary Trauma
  • PTSD And Law Enforcement Officers
  • PTSD, Traumatic Events and Firefighters
  • PTSD and Workers’ Compensation Laws
  • Suicide
  • Police Reform and Mental Health
  • Studies, Surveys, and Recommendations

Michelle Lilly, Ph.D., Northern Illinois University Department of Psychology

Increasing Resilience in First Responders

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
8:30 – 10:00 AM PST

How first responders can take proactive and responsive steps to adaptively respond to chronic stress and trauma. A discussion of the risk and protective factors that influence wellbeing is offered to assist first responders to understand their own experiences with trauma and stress and how to mitigate their impact. A plain-language discussion of the neurobiology of trauma. Resilience research is applied to the unique issues of first responder work, generating practical strategies to promote resilience.

  • Defining and diagnosing the different types of work-related stress.
  • The physiological mechanisms of stress and the impact of stress on the development of other medical conditions.
  • Interpersonal stress as distinguished from organizational stress.
  • Recognizing critical incident stress, understanding the impact of critical incident stress on perception and recall, and steps that can be taken to minimize those impacts.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder, how it develops and is manifested, and developing treatments for PTSD.

Stephanie Conn, Ph.D., First Responder Psychology

Physical Fitness For Public Safety Employees – Functional Fitness

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
8:30 – 10:00 AM PST

Emergency responder health and wellness must be addressed with a comprehensive, lifestyle-oriented focus. In our best-selling book, Firefighter Functional Fitness, we created an approach to overall health and wellness that is both performance and longevity-based and is anchored by four “pillars”: Physical Fitness, Recovery and Rest, Hydration, and Nutrition. In this presentation, you will receive an overview of each pillar and some key tips on how to incorporate these pillars into an overall wellness program designed to reduce risk factors associated with emergency responder health, increase performance, increase injury reduction, and help you enjoy a long and healthy retirement. 

Dan Kerrigan, Fire Chief Township of Upper Providence, Pennsylvania, Author of Firefighter Functional Fitness

An Integrated Approach To Wellness

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
8:30 – 10:00 AM PST

  • Traditional barriers to wellness programs
  • The costs to employers of inadequate wellness, including liability claims, workers’ compensation claims, and general job performance.
  • The different kinds of wellness: psychological, physical, family, financial, and holistic.
  • Starting a program – what online and other resources are available?
  • Should participation be mandatory?
  • The need for confidentiality of wellness programs.
  • Integrating training and education with wellness and finding time in the workday for wellness.
  • The roles of the Department psychologist/counselor/chaplain and peer leaders/fitness trainers. What kinds of personalities are you looking for as part of the wellness team?
  • Mindfulness in the public safety workplace.
  • Including civilian employees in the program.
  • Metrics for success of a wellness program.

Scott Vincent, Police Sergeant at Sunriver, Oregon Police Department

The Nashville Behavioral Health Program: A National Model

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
8:30 – 10:00 AM PST

Metro Nashville Police Department’s Professional Wellness Section (MNPD PWS) is a comprehensive, officer wellness program that is comprised of 2 Units: Counseling Unit and Wellness Unit. Various services are provided, including psychotherapy, training, critical incident stress management, peer support, family support, mentoring, and chaplain support. The Professional Wellness Section began in 1985 and was cited as a model officer wellness program in a 2019 Department of Justice Congressional Report. It is composed of both sworn and civilian employees.

David Kennington, MA, LPC, MHSP of the Behavioral Health Services Program and Lieutenant Michael Gooch, Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

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Advanced Course in Police Discipline Webinar Series

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Health & Wellness Programs Webinar Series

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Topics Covered:
  • Traditional barriers to wellness programs
  • The costs to employers of inadequate wellness, including liability claims, workers’ compensation claims, and general job performance
  • The different kinds of wellness: psychological, physical, family, financial, and holistic
  • Starting a program – what online and other resources are available?
  • Should participation be mandatory?
  • The need for confidentiality of wellness programs
  • Integrating training and education with wellness and finding time in the workday for wellness
  • The roles of the Department psychologist/counselor/chaplain and peer leaders/fitness trainers. What kinds of personalities are you looking for as part of the wellness team?
  • Mindfulness in the public safety workplace
  • Including civilian employees in the program
  • Metrics for success of a wellness program
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Metro Nashville Police Department’s Professional Wellness Section (MNPD PWS) is a comprehensive, officer wellness program that is comprised of 2 Units: Counseling Unit and Wellness Unit.   Various services are provided, including psychotherapy, training, critical incident stress management, peer support, family support, mentoring, and chaplain support.  The Professional Wellness Section began in 1985 and was cited as a model officer wellness program in a 2019 Department of Justice Congressional Report.  It is composed of both sworn and civilian employees.  
Topics Included:
  • An overview of the program. How we started in 1986 with 1 counselor and have evolved to having a more comprehensive wellness program
  • Overview of our various services, including counseling, critical incident response, wellness and resiliency training, peer support, family support, chaplain support, veteran support, wellness outreach, training and development and a brand new mentoring program
  • Crisis Management Model- Pre Crisis, Crisis, Post Crisis Interventions
  • Focus on how we provide various services from hire to retire and beyond
  • Our approach to attacking stigma of mental health and some of our direct interventions
  • MNPD Wellness Program which covers 5 types of wellness checks offered to our department
  • Core value of building Healthy, Trusting Relationships with officers and families from Day 1
  • Guiding principles that led to adding a sworn wellness unit to an already established counseling unit
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Grievances And Arbitration Webinar Series

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Topics Covered:
  • A discussion of sample grievance procedure language.
  • A discussion of what is “grievable” and what is not.
  • The detail necessary on a grievance.
  • Time limits in a grievance procedure.
  • The advisability of grievance meetings rather than written processing.
  • Selecting arbitrators.
  • The basics of how an arbitration hearing is conducted.
  • The finality of arbitration decisions.
  • The relationship between grievance procedures, unfair labor practices, and lawsuits in court.
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  • The two ways that a past practice is important: In interpreting a collective bargaining agreement, and in limiting an employer’s ability to make changes in rules and operations.
  • The continuing nature of the duty to bargain and how past practices can require mid-contract negotiations.
  • The topics that are mandatory for bargaining, including hours of work issues, disciplinary standards and proceedings, “civilianization,” staffing, residency, and more.
  • The elements that make a past practice binding, and the steps an employer must follow to make changes in past practices.
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Topics Covered:
  • When an arbitrator will look beyond the language of the contract to determine the meaning of the contract.
  • The types of evidence considered in interpreting contracts, including bargaining history, past practice, and evidence of practices under other contracts.
  • From an arbitrator’s perspective, the factors that make a past practice binding.
  • The “interpretation aids” arbitrators use in interpreting and applying contract language.
  • How arbitrators decide who has the burden of proof, and how much proof is necessary?
  • The rules of evidence in arbitration, including issues of hearsay and relevance.
  • The decision-making process – what’s convincing and what is not?
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Topics Covered:
  • The negotiability of social media rules.
  • The First Amendment, labor law principles, and off-duty social media use.
  • The types of social media speech likely to be protected and unprotected, and why.
  • How arbitrators consider social media questions.
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Topics Covered:
  • Detailed checklists that will help you prepare for filing and processing grievances and for arbitration hearings.
  • What happens when a grievance is also a ULP?
  • Framing the issue in disciplinary and “contract interpretation” grievances.
  • The different tests for just cause for discipline, and how they apply in arbitration.
  • Commonly occurring disciplinary issues, including the use of personnel files, investigatory files, and witnesses.
  • What is an “information request,” and why must both sides comply with one?
  • The relevance of bargaining history and prior arbitration awards.
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The Rights of Law Enforcement Webinar Series

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Topics Covered:
  • How a single employment issue can involve federal, state, and local law.
  • Where collective bargaining and bills of rights exist, and the current attacks on both.
  • How the politics of different court systems can lead to a different choice in courts.
  • How issues like drug testing, overtime, sick leave use, internal affairs investigations, and qualified immunity can involve different sources of rights.
  • The basic rule – in cases of conflict between federal, state, and local law, which prevails and under what circumstances?
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Topics Covered:
  • How the right to privacy impacts a variety of issues in the law enforcement workplace.
  • The right to privacy and personal relationships, and memberships in groups.
  • How residency rules, sick leave policies, and fitness-for-duty evaluations can impact privacy rights.
  • Drug testing and the right to privacy. Medical privacy, HIPAA, the ADA, and state laws.
  • COVID-19 protocols and privacy rights.
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Topics Covered:
  • The Garrity and Miranda rules in internal affairs investigations, critical incidents, and day-to-day interactions between management and labor.
  • When is a statement considered “compelled” for Garrity purposes?
  • What does it mean that a compelled statement cannot be “used” against an employee?
  • Is an employee in “custody” for Miranda purposes when ordered not to leave the workplace?
  • How Garrity and Miranda interact, and how the Garrity and Lybarger rules relate to each other.
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Topics Covered:
  • The right to representation under the Weingarten rule.
  • Do witnesses have the right to representation in internal affairs interviews?
  • What exactly can the union representative say and do when representing a member?
  • The consequences of a Weingarten violation on discipline.
  • Can a union conduct a concurrent investigation while an internal affairs investigation is ongoing?
  • The validity of “no contact” orders in the Internal Affairs process.
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Topics Covered:
  • How the right to privacy impacts a variety of issues in the law enforcement workplace.
  • The right to privacy and personal relationships, and memberships in groups.
  • How residency rules, sick leave policies, and fitness-for-duty evaluations can impact privacy rights.
  • Drug testing and the right to privacy.
  • Medical privacy, HIPAA, the ADA, and state laws.
  • COVID-19 protocols and privacy rights.
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Topics Covered:
  • What is happening with the FLSA? A review of FLSA litigation involving numerous law enforcement agencies.
  • How the FLSA demands the overtime rate be calculated, including the treatment of premium pay, specialty pay, incentive pay, and shift differential.
  • What are “hours worked” that must be compensated under the FLSA, and how the FLSA’s unique comp time system works.
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