TAC Regional Pool Workshops

August 1 - November 28, 2018

Free, one-day workshops are being scheduled at several cities around the state. For more information, please contact Amy Lawson at (800) 456-5974

Resources and Solutions for Counties

Regional Pool Workshops are scheduled around the state Aug. 1 - Nov. 28. These one-day sessions, back by popular demand, will cover the latest in risk management, HR trends, workplace wellness and more. The workshops are designed to build and expand on many of the topics presented at TAC’s County Management and Risk Conference.

Who Should Attend

Elected and appointed officials, decision-makers for all pools, risk managers, pool coordinators, human resource directors and managers, safety and emergency management, law enforcement supervisors, wellness coordinators/sponsors and department managers or supervisors.

Registration Fees

This workshop is provided free to county officials and staff.


9 a.m.-4 p.m. Lunch provided for attendees.


Hilton Waco
113 S. University Parks Dr.
Waco, TX 76701

These one-day meetings are scheduled at locations near your county to allow travel to and from the meeting on the same day. No special arrangements are made for overnight accommodations.

If you do require an overnight stay, we suggest you call the host hotel and ask for the state government rate. The rate subject to hotel availability.

8–9 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9–9:05 a.m. Welcome & Introductions
9:05-10:05 a.m. Avoid, Deny and Defend - Keeping Yourself and Others Safe During Threat Situations
Accounts of active shooters, bombers and other acts of violence are in the news. As elected officials or county employees, how can we remain accessible and friendly to the public, yet ensure our safety during service to the county? This session will illustrate lessons learned from a variety of mass casualty incidents and will focus on low-cost methods to increase your chances of surviving similar encounters. Learn the concept of Avoid, Deny and Defend. Recognize how to plan and prepare exit or barricade strategies before threats occur. Understand the importance of being mentally and physically prepared to defend yourself, if necessary. Identify actions following an attack to preserve life and ensure you are not mistaken as a hostile participant by law enforcement. No one is helpless. You can survive deadly threats, and these lessons may help you do so.
10:05-10:15 a.m. Break
10:15-11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions

Medical Treatment and the Alliance in Workers' Compensation: Current Roles and Future Goals
Evidence- and outcome-based medical care with an end goal of returning to work are an absolute necessity in workers' compensation today and have largely contributed to the success of networks. In 2005, the TAC RMP began working with the Alliance to provide medical treatment to injured workers with these goals in mind. This panel discussion will focus on how medical benefits are paid, the employer's role, certain challenges in the system, what the Alliance does for members and future initiatives.

Navigating the Unemployment Compensation System to Win Claims and Reduce Costs
The unemployment compensation system can be complicated and frustrating. This session provides a refresher on the basics of unemployment compensation and discusses important legislative changes to the Labor Code since 2013. Understand the basics of how the unemployment compensation system works, get answers to frequently asked questions and learn what is required to successfully challenge unemployment compensation claims and reduce the county's costs.
11:15 a.m.-noon Lunch (provided for attendees)
Noon-1 p.m.              Breakout Sessions

How to Investigate a Sexual Harassment Complaint in the Era of #MeToo and Time's Up
With today's culture change, public revelations and press coverage, county officials are asking how to avoid the potential of harassment claims, hostile environment and more. The answer lies in developing proper policies, grievance procedures and management/employee training, along with establishing effective expectations. This session will review preventative measures, communication policies, accountability, responsible responses and adequate resources.

Health Risk Management 101
Proactively addressing your county's health risks is crucial to controlling health care costs, maintaining the health and well-being of employees and their families, and preserving the future of your county's health benefits. Come learn the key ingredients to the recipe for a healthy county.
1-1:15 p.m. Break
1:15-2:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Officer Resistance Response Training and How the Public can Remain Safe During an Emergency Response
TAC Simulator Program Supervisor Darren Jackson will demonstrate the TAC Risk Management Pool's Resistance Response Simulator to show how officers are being trained to respond to active shooter or threat situations. He will conduct a briefing on training weapons, command presence, verbal skills and de-escalation techniques. Attendees will witness scenarios of active shooters that demonstrate how the public and law enforcement interact during these situations. We will also discuss how innocent parties can remain safe while not interfering with the duties of the responding officers.
Note: No firearms or live ammunition will be allowed in this classroom, so please secure your weapons in a safe or approved location before entering.

Cultivating the Health and Employee Benefits Program
Take a look at the changes and development of the TAC Health and Employee Benefits Pool. Learn what the pool is doing to help our members and manage cost. This session will cover the new programs, benefits and vendor changes within HEBP.
2:45-3 p.m. Break
3-4 p.m. Health Care Reform Update
Learn the latest developments with health care reform and review the various mandates required of county group health plans. This session will encompass the tactical and administrative aspects of compliance, updates on Affordable Care Act reporting requirements and information to help counties develop strategies for managing future health benefit plans.
4 p.m.              Adjourn

Agenda subject to change

Continuing Education Type Hours
Auditors/CPA 5.5 hours
Commissioners 5.5 hours
County and District Clerks 5 hours, 50 minutes
Human Resources 5.5 hours
TCOLE 6 hours
Tax Assessor-Collectors 5.5 hours
Treasurers 5.5 hours
If you need to cancel your registration, please contact Amy Lawson in the TAC Education Department at (800) 456-5974.
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