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Local Government Seminar – Fall 2015


Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
1000 Imperial Ave
Rothschild, Wisconsin 
(click here for information and directions).

Presenters: Mary Ellen Schill



4:00 – 4:30 p.m.  Update regarding Affordable Care Act Reporting Requirements for Local Governments
This presentation will discuss the reporting requirements contained within the Affordable Care Act and identify actions that should be taken by local governments to ensure compliance with the Act.  This presentation will also give an update regarding the implementation of the Cadillac tax and local government considerations.
4:30 – 4:45 p.m.  Recent Department of Labor Initiatives and Impact upon Local Government Operations
This presentation will discuss the recent initiatives from the Department of Labor, including proposed amendments to the administrative regulation regarding exempt employees and a review of the independent contractor status requirements.  This presentation will address potential risks for local governments under the recommended changes relating to overtime pay and employee/independent contractor status.
4:45 – 5:00 p.m.  2015 Budget Bill – Local Government Implications
This presentation will discuss the myriad of changes from the 2015 budget bill and how these changes may impact local governments.  Discussion will include the changes to the hotel tax, shoreland zoning issues, union organizing activities and other changes.
5:15 – 6:00  Dinner and Networking – Refreshments will be available
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Open Meetings Law and Public Records Law – What’s New and What’s Different?
This presentation will discuss the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law and Wisconsin Public Records Law.  The presentation will address the major elements of these laws and the nuances that arise when seeking to comply with these laws.  Special focus will be on complying with the Open Meetings Law when meeting in closed session and dealing with the implications of massive requests for local government records.

7:00  – 7:30 p.mHot Topics in Local Government Law
This presentation will address various topics in local government law such as conducting background checks when hiring an employee, collecting revenue in the face of bankruptcy, addressing enforcement of municipal ordinances and acquiring property for municipal use.  Presenters will be available for questions from the audience on these and other hot topics.

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