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When and Where
  • 2/4/2020 8:30 AM MST
  • 2/13/2020 4:00 PM MST
  • Statewide
  • Malta, Lockwood, Frenchtown, Whitefish and Helena
  • Montana

Join us in-person in Malta (Feb. 4), Lockwood (Feb. 5), Frenchtown (Feb. 11), Whitefish (Feb. 12) or Helena (Feb. 13). Choose your location during registration. This event is sponsored by MTSUIP. There is no fee for MTSUIP program members to attend. Non-members $125 per person.

Given that the hiring process, the employment relationship and the cessation of employment are areas of high-risk for any District, this training is critical for trustees and administrators. Those who take advantage of this value-added training sponsored by MTSBA’s Unemployment Insurance Program (MTSUIP) will come away with enhanced knowledge of lawful and effective hiring practices, the significance of employment contracts and the interplay with established periods of probation for newly-hired employees, effective tools for improving employee performance, the importance of compliance with progressive discipline and due process requirements, and the impact of the New FLSA Overtime Rules on school employees. 


8:30 – 9:00 am Registration

9:00 – 9:15 am MTSUIP’s Value-Added Service: As a member of MTSUIP, your district has access to a 4-hour in-district training for all of your key employees and those that have supervisory responsibilities at no charge to the District. We will provide you with an overview of this valuable program.

9:15 – 10:15 am Lawful and Effective Hiring Practices: The focus of this session will be on the hiring process, including effective recruiting techniques, the screening process, interview do’s and don’ts, offers of employment contingent upon background checks and completing the hiring process.

10:15 – 10:30 am Mid-Morning Break

10:30 am – Noon The Employment Relationship, Part 1: This session will focus on the legal significance of placing employees on written contracts for a specific term v. good cause employees. We will also discuss how probationary periods should be handled for newly hired employees. 

Noon – 1:15 pm Lunch on your own

1:15 – 2:15 pm The Employment Relationship, Part 2: The focus of this session will be on employee performance and accountability. We will discuss tools for improving the performance of your employees, progressive discipline and due process procedures.  

2:15 – 2:30 pm Mid-Afternoon Break

2:30 – 3:30 pm The New Overtime Rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act: This session will provide information about the New Overtime Rules that went into effect on January 1, 2020. During this session, we will also discuss how to effectively address issues relating to coaches and other extra-duty assignments. 

MTSBA Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds for cancellations (5) days prior to the date of the training. Notification of cancellations must be received by Wendy Brenden by email at wbrenden@mtsba.org. However, if MTSBA cancels an in-person event due to extenuating or unforeseen circumstances those registered will be moved to the video-option for that event.  If you are registered and do not want the video-option, you must notify MTSBA within 5 days after the cancellation notice to prevent being charged for that event.

Disclaimer: Montana School Boards Association (MTSBA) has designed these materials to provide helpful information regarding topics and best practices on issues concerning the administration and governance of Montana K-12 public schools. These materials are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. MTSBA does not intend nor should these materials be construed to constitute the rendering of any legal advice. Should the recipient of these materials desire legal advice on any of the topics or information contained herein, MTSBA recommends that the recipient make a specific request for legal advice.