The National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of State Governments (CSG) presented a webcast to provide insight from state government human resource management experts regarding the latest trends and issues affecting the state government workforce, including:
- Layoffs, furloughs and other work force reduction strategies – Which states have implemented them? What are the short- and long-term legal and administrative issues to consider if these alternatives become a reality? The webcast will also highlight the importance of succession planning in making these decisions with a significant percentage of state employees retirement eligible.
- Alternative work schedules – Hear about Utah’s mandatory four-day, 10-hour work week pilot program for state employees, including employee opinion and productivity data, as well as preliminary energy savings information.
- Mandatory collective bargaining for public safety employees – How can states prepare themselves for this legislation that has been introduced with wide support in the U.S. House and Senate (HR 413 and S 1611) that would require all states and localities to collectively bargain with public safety employees?
- Jeff Herring, executive director of the Utah Department of Human Resource Management and president of the National Association of State Personnel Executives
- Sandy Martinez, labor relations manager of the New Mexico Office of State Personnel
- Leslie Scott, executive director of the National Association of State Personnel Executives