Flaherty & Hood shareholder attorney Brandon Fitzsimmons, human resources analyst Carol Loncar and associate attorney Erica Heikel led two labor and employee relations for the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC). The seminars focused on practical and legal solutions for providing services and managing employees in local government. Covered topics included recruitment and hiring practices, variable pay systems, a union’s perspective on negotiations, handling employee groups that don’t get along, and updates on settlements, arbitrations and legislative activity.

More than 50 city and county managers, administrators and elected officials attended the seminars in Brainerd on June 1 and New Ulm on June 8. Special thanks to the city officials and others who assisted with the seminars. In addition, thank you to the cities of Brainerd and New Ulm for being wonderful hosts for the seminars.