Public Employer Labor Relations Advisory Service

Today’s local government officials face increasingly complex issues in managing their workforces. PELRAS was created to address these issues, providing its members with extensive training, access to specialized legal counsel and frequent updates on topics and developments in employee relations process and municipal law. The goal: To share workable solutions on how to avoid lawsuits, mitigate labor/management tensions and improve service delivery ensuring that municipalities of any size effectively and proactively manage their workforces.

To guide these efforts, PELRAS has partnered with the law firm of Campbell Durrant Beatty Palombo & Miller, P.C. to bring outstanding depth and breadth of labor and employment law experience to municipal clients across the Commonwealth. With offices in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, the firm provides unmatched labor and employment law experience and superior representation.

PELRAS Member Benefits

  • Comprehensive Training
  • Legal Representation and Counseling at Reduced Rates
  • Wage and Benefits Survey
  • The PELRAS Update
  • Continuing Education Credits
  • Quick Call Consultation Service

Comprehensive Training

The PELRAS Annual Spring Training Conference is considered the premiere training forum for public sector employees in the Commonwealth. Over 20 labor relations specialists address key issues via panel discussions, in-depth seminars, case examples, role-playing and Q&A sessions supplemented with a comprehensive reference manual, access to PELRAS attorneys, and networking opportunities with municipal administrators throughout the state.

Fall regional workshops provide additional training geared to regional supervisors and department heads.

Legal Representation and Counseling at Reduced Rates

Available to all members through the PELRAS partnering law firms. These services include, but are not limited to:

  • Review And Analysis Of Labor Contracts.
  • Collective Bargaining Negotiations.
  • Eeo And Civil Rights Issues.
  • Counseling On Hiring, Firing And Other Labor And Employment Law Issues.
  • Employee Benefits Litigation And Advice.
  • Labor And Employment Arbitrations.
  • Osha, Ada, Flsa, Family Leave And Cobra Compliance.
  • Program And Policy Development, Including Employee Classification And Implications, Employee Manuals, Substance Abuse And Employee Privacy.

Wage and Benefits Survey

This fully interactive online survey allows municipalities to compare wage and benefit information on a state-wide basis to provide a valuable tool in collective bargaining negotiations and human resource management. The customized database of wage and benefit information can be sorted by various demographics, including population, county, and municipal classification. PELRAS Members can use their Personal ID and Password to access the survey.

The PELRAS Update

Key labor issues are addressed through this bimonthly newsletter.  Each edition features current topics and developments in employee relations and municipal law, with content supplied by the PELRAS partnering law firms.

Key labor issues are addressed through this bimonthly newsletter.  Each edition features current topics and developments in employee relations and municipal law, with content supplied by the PELRAS partnering law firms.

Continuing Education Credits

PELRAS training is accredited by The League’s Elected Officials’ Leadership Training Program, the APMM Professional Development Program, the Local Government Risk Management Certificate Program, and the Continuing Legal Education Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Quick Call Consultation Service

Members may contact PELRAS attorneys free of charge for immediate assistance in non-complex matters that do not require additional research or consultation, and can be addressed in a single limited phone call.

Contact

Harry Krot
Director of Marketing and Member Services
P: 800.922.8063 *321
E: hkrot@pml.org