MASPA 2023 Winter Conference

Friday, January 27, 2023 - 8:00 to 3:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Park Place, Minneapolis, MN

Join the Winter Conference Headline Presenter, Rachel Shaw on Friday, December 16 at 11:00 AM for an online session on ADA Disability Compliance:
I'm Stressed! Managing Psychological Disability Claims in the Workplace

Register separately for the online session

Firms and Businesses: Join this engaging event as an exhibitor

Conference  Program

 7:00 - 8:00

Registration and Continental Breakfast

 8:00 - 8:05


MaryAnn Thomas, MASPA Board President, Director of Human Resources, Farmington Public Schools

Our morning sessions will focus on establishing conditions that make amazing things happen in our experiences and relationships. We will focus on:

 8:05 - 9:45

ADA Disability Compliance: The Essential Reasonable Accommodations Workshop

Rachel Shaw
, Principal Consultant, Disability Compliance & Human Resources,  Shaw HR Consulting, Inc.

Today, employers are struggling with more and more requests for workplace accommodations. How do they keep up with the growing workload associated with disability compliance matters? The answer is to ensure your organization understands the intent and purpose of the laws, and to employ a consistent process.

Rachel Shaw delivers a solutions-focused training that will address the realities of where we are with employer accommodation obligations under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Starting with a basic overview of ADA, you will be guided through how to create or enhance your disability compliance program to ensure your organization is compliant and efficient and effective when dealing with requests for workplace and leave accommodations.

Understand what employees are eligible for reasonable accommodations, and how to employ the Disability Interactive Process Hallway┬« strategy which walks you through not only what employers need to know, but how to manage even the most difficult employee accommodations matters. Practical and field-tested, Rachel’s solutions are altruistic and straightforward and most importantly support employers to make reasonable accommodation decisions they can feel confident about. Leave with an understanding of ADA law and a practical and implementable process to manage reasonable accommodations. This means a step-by-step, how-to process including templates, samples and scripts.

Rachel Shaw is the President and Principal Consultant of Shaw HR Consulting, Incorporated. With more than 20 years of executive-level Human Resources experience, Rachel is recognized nationwide as a leader in helping public and private sector employers manage their most challenging disability-related personnel issues. Rachel and her team provide comprehensive solutions to employers on how to successfully manage the interconnected roles of human resources, workers’ compensation and disability compliance to successfully reduce litigation, the costs of claims and improve employee-employer relations throughout the process.

Rachel is known nationally as the authority on how to implement and manage the ADA Disability Interactive Process for candidates and employees. Her trainings and seminars are highly anticipated by Human Resource and Risk Management professionals as informative, dynamic and packed with real-life practical solutions. She is author of the industry best-selling and award-winning book, “The Disabled Workforce: What the ADA Never Anticipated.”

Rachel served as the Director of Human Resources for the City of Oxnard and prior to that was the Human Resources Director for the Montebello Unified School District. She is a graduate of Brown University and later earned a Master of Business Administration from Colorado State University.

 9:45 - 10:00

Vendor Walk and Networking Break

 10:00 - 11:30

ADA Disability Compliance, continued

 11:30 - 12:15

Plated Lunch in Lower Atrium

 12:15 - 12:30

Vendor Walk and Networking

 12:30 - 12:45

MASPA Business Meeting and Reports

MaryAnn Thomas, MASPA Board President, Director of Human Resources, Farmington Public Schools

 12:45 - 1:45

ADA Disability Compliance, continued

 1:45 - 2:00

Vendor Walk and Networking Break

 2:00 - 3:00

Legal Update for School Personnel Administrators

Mick Waldspurger, Shareholder, Rupp, Anderson, Squires, Waldspurger & Mace, P.A.

In this highly engaging session, Mick Waldspurger will cover issues related to hiring, the probationary period, the negotiations process, the First Amendment, data privacy, the role of the exclusive representative, vaccinations, and early retirement incentives.

Mick Waldspurger is a shareholder with the law firm of Rupp, Anderson, Squires & Waldspurger, P.A. Mick is dedicated to providing practical and proactive legal advice to his clients. He represents Minnesota and Wisconsin school districts in all areas of school law, including labor and employment law, special education, student discipline, data practices, board governance, and civil litigation. Mick also represents cities in labor and employment law matters and in civil litigation. Mick's successful litigation experience includes lawsuits, arbitration proceedings, due process hearings, and countless other administrative actions.

Sharing the experience he has gained in the field, Mick frequently presents at school workshops, training sessions, and state-wide conferences. He has also been a keynote speaker at the national level on labor relations and teacher contract negotiations. Mick is a member of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association and the Minnesota Council of School Attorneys. After graduating from law school, Mick had the honor of serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Justice Donald Steinmetz of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Mick received his B.A., cum laude, from Knox College and his J.D., cum laude, from Marquette University Law School, where he was an Executive Editor of the Marquette Law Review.

Contact us

MASPA \ State Negotiators
PO BOX 4485
Saint Paul MN 55104

(651) 343-2608

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