Please join us for our annual spring seminar for public sector clients and friends, when we will address issues facing school districts, muncipalities and other governmental agencies.

The program begins with two plenary sessions covering general issues in the workplace followed by a choice of two breakout sessions allowing for issue discussion in a small setting.   Download Brochure

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Plenary Sessions: 

Risky Business: Rethinking Security in Our Schools and Workplaces

  • Identifying and assessing risk in schools and in the workplace
  • Adopting codes of conduct and policies to facilitate appropriate behavior
  • Prevention strategies as well as tips for promptly detecting and addressing incidents
  • Developing an emergency preparedness and response plan
  • Current legislative efforts and taskforce recommendations

Dealing with Your Pre-existing Conditions: A Practical Guide to Healthcare Reform
With Guest Speaker: Joseph D. Spurgeon, MHA of Lindberg & Ripple

  • Things you need to know now about Healthcare Reform
  • Overview of the major aspects of the Affordable Care Act including the Cadillac Tax
  • Impacts on your Budget and Collective Bargaining
  • Discussion of Mandatory Coverage concerns

Breakout Sessions (choose two upon registration):

Fit for Duty or Fit to Be Tied? Understanding Fitness for Duty and Return to Work Considerations & Avoiding Common Pitfalls

  • Overview of relevant laws (ADA, FMLA, Workers’ Compensation Act)
  • Examinations: When, Why, and How to Apply
  • Avoiding common pitfalls, including discrimination implications
  • Best practices – Dos & Don’ts

Reform Revisited: Taking On Teacher Tenure and Evaluations

  • Compliance with the new teacher evaluation requirements
  • Non-renewal and termination under the new tenure laws
  • Practical advice in addressing teacher performance concerns

Collective Bargaining: Achieving Agreements Without Breaking the Bank

  • How will the State budget and recent legislative enactments impact bargaining?
  • Strategies for approaching negotiations and preparing for interest arbitration
  • Our annual update regarding wages and employee benefits trends

When Performance Problems Persist: Supervisory Strategies for Sticky Employee Situations

  • From the Poor Performers to the Violent or Aggressive Types: How to Identify the Problem
  • Performance Evaluations: Most Problems Have a Solution
  • Difficult Employees Have Rights Too: Properly Handling Investigations and Disciplinary Hearings
  • When All Else Fails: The Termination Process
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Photo of Anne H. Littlefield Anne H. Littlefield

Anne represents schools in labor relations, employment and education law, including collective bargaining, personnel policies and practices, constitutional law, special education, student discipline, freedom of information, and education policies. She negotiates collective bargaining agreements on behalf of schools, including representation in interest arbitration…

Anne represents schools in labor relations, employment and education law, including collective bargaining, personnel policies and practices, constitutional law, special education, student discipline, freedom of information, and education policies. She negotiates collective bargaining agreements on behalf of schools, including representation in interest arbitration proceedings as needed. Anne works with schools to address issues such as bullying and sexual harassment. She is often called upon to advise schools regarding professional boundaries and child abuse and neglect issues.  In her role as general counsel to boards of education around the state, Anne facilitates self-evaluation and goal-setting sessions. She also leads Shipman & Goodwin’s model policy project, which provides policy support and guidance to a number of school districts.

Anne serves as General Counsel to Shipman & Goodwin. From 2010 through 2017, she was Co-Chair of the firm’s School Law Practice Group, and from 2011 through 2017, she served on the firm’s seven-member Management Committee.