WRIPMA Annual Conference Registration Info

The conference registration information for the annual conference April 29-May 1 in Seattle is now available from the Western Region web site:

WRIPMA Annual Conference
Seattle, April 29-May 1, 2015

Conference Registration Information  


Job Postings – Updated 1/16/15

Recruitments are periodically listed on our jobs page, with the ability to apply online for current openings. There are none currently.

Chapter sponsors Risky Business Seminar November 21

Employment liability is one of the major exposures public entities face. As a pre-loss attorney for CIS, Tamara Jones has a front row seat viewing the incoming claims and exposures we face. Come hear the Risk/Liability trends from 2014 and hear what she recommends to look out for in 2015.  The chapter’s November 21 seminar will be from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Tualatin Police Department Training Room, 8650 SW Tualatin Road, Tualatin.  As usual, registration and breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m.

Our speaker has devoted her 17-year legal practice to representing the interests of management and employers in a wide variety of employment-law related issues and forums. During her years in private practice, Tamara first- or second-chaired 16 trials and arbitrations on behalf of employers, and defended employers against claims and complaints lodged by current and former employees with federal and state agencies, such as the EEOC, the Washington Human Rights Commission, and the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.

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“Managing Protected Leave” topic for September 12 Seminar

An EEOC attorney recently said “The key to avoiding trouble under the Americans with Disabilities Act, is to be constantly asking the question ‘Can we get this employee back on the job with a reasonable accommodation?’ and certainly not to be asking only ‘Has this employee been on leave long enough for us to get rid of him?’”  Do your practice and policies put the company in a good position to defend against any potential claims?

Please join us on Friday, September 12 for a presentation on “Managing Protected Leave.”

Our presenter is Krishna Balasubramani , partner at Sather, Byerly & Holloway since 2000. He was a pro tem Administrative Law Judge for the Workers’ Compensation Board.  He also worked at SAFECO Insurance and Stoel Rives, LLP.  Krishna joined Sather, Byerly & Holloway, LLP in 1996.

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“Diversity in the Public Sector: Getting from Here to There” Seminar Scheduled for July 11

Do you have a diversity program?  Does your organization need one?  If you have one, is it dusty and sitting on a shelf or alive and well and making an impact?  Is your program in existence only to address legal requirements or worse yet, viewed as the pet project of the HR director? Regardless of which category fits your situation, join us for what is sure to be an engaging, practical and worthwhile morning. The Oregon Chapter’s training workshop scheduled for July 11 at Clackamas Commuity College will provide you with real world tips and tools for HR folks and supervisors who would like to be able to launch or revitalize a diversity initiative to secure its place as a program-level priority supported by employees and leadership.  The key points of the workshop will be:

  •  Assessing your organization
  •  Role of HR
  •  Creating urgency
  •  Achieving incremental change
  •  Patience versus progress
  •  Eye on the prize

Vicki Nakashima, our presenter, will share her experiences in the public sector including serving on Governor Kitzhaber’s most recent Transition Team to assist him in creating a diverse Governor’s Office staff.  You won’t want to miss this one. Vicki has lived and worked in the Portland/Salem area since 1967.  She is 3rd generation (sansei) Japanese American.  Vicki currently serves on the Board of Partners in Diversity and previously served as its first Executive Director.  This non-profit program was founded in 2005 to help major employers in Oregon and Southwest Washington to increase opportunities to attract, hire and retain a highly talented and diverse workforce.  One of the programs supported by Partners in Diversity is Say Hey, NW, a quarterly networking reception sponsored to welcome new professionals of color relocating to the area.

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Register for the annual LGPI Conference

The annual Local Government Personnel Institute conference is the local government professional’s premier choice for comprehensive training in HR and labor relations in Oregon. This year’s conference is being held August 19-21 at the exquisite Oregon Garden Resort in Silverton, Oregon.

The LGPI conference provides 3 days of comprehensive training to ensure public-sector managers are prepared for today’s complex labor and HR issues. Learn more and register at LGPI.org

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New Chapter Mailing Address

The Oregon chapter has a new mailing address. Effective immediately, mail should be sent to IPMA-HR Oregon Chapter, P.O. Box 218, Marylhurst, OR 97036.



Costing a Union Contract Seminar Announced – Workshop Full

The Oregon chapter along with the Local Government Personnel Institute will be cosponsoring the March 14 training workshop. The workshop will be presented by LGPI Attorney Steven Schuback and Analyst Brandi Leos.

Please note: due to excellent response we have attained maximum registration and therefore we cannot accommodate walk-ins for this seminar.

Do you know how costly bargaining proposals will be? Can you afford your proposed wage offer? How much will a 1% incentive cost you over the life of the new agreement? This seminar will discuss how to evaluate the costs of agency and union proposals in order to find a settlement within your fiscal means. Practical methods for costing proposals, bargaining strategies, and a review of PECBA costing requirements for impasse will be covered.

Registration and breakfast 7:30 – 8 a.m. Program 8-noon.

The workshop has been changed to Chemeketa Eola Viticulture Center, Pinot Noir Room,  215 Doaks Ferry Road NW, Salem, OR 97304.

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Regular Seminar Training Sessions return to Wilsonville

Because of renovations in city facilities in Tualatin, the chapter has reserved the Wilsonville Training Center of Clackamas Community College for the May, July and September training sessions. The training seminars will be in Rooms 111-112 at the Wilsonville Training Center, Clackamas Community College, 29353 SW Town Center Loop East, Wilsonville.

The site is easily accessible off I-5 and parking is free.  Seminar dates  for May, July and September are listed the upcoming events page.

New Partnership with Portland State University

Anna Lee, chapter president, this week announced the Oregon chapter has entered a partnership with Portland State University:

“IPMA-HR Oregon Chapter is pleased to partner with Portland State University’s Human Resource Management (HRM) specialization for the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program in the Division of Public Administration of the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government as we continue to provide resources for expanding human resource education in the public sector.”

MPA Program Information


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