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HR Express

At a Glance

Whether you have full time human resources staff or human resources is one of the many hats your staff wears, cities must follow every aspect of federal and state human resources law. So when city officials told us they needed assistance, we developed HR Express. The goal? Help cities stay informed of and compliant with HR laws and regulations. Through this GMA service, you receive access to HR experts at an extremely low cost. Those experts provide you timely, relevant information through city-customized webinars, newsletters, and an annual seminar.


Through an arrangement with the Atlanta law firm of Elarbee Thompson, GMA gives you low-cost access to experts in city-related human resources law and compliance.  For 2019, they will share expert advice and guidance with you through the following formats.

New and Archived Webinars
Five, one-hour webinars on various human resources topics and include corresponding model policies and procedures  as deemed appropriate by GMA. All webinars will be recorded and made available to the subscriber to view on demand for a period of at least one year. These hour long webinars (that include 15 minutes for Q&A) will cover federal and state laws and regulations related to important human resources topics such as:
  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
  • Workplace Harassment
  • Investigating Employee Complaints
  • Overtime Pay and the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Leave Policies
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Social Media Policy
  • Workplace Safety
  • Employee Discipline
  • Hiring Processes
After each live webinar, cities will have access to:
  • The archived webinar presentation for later viewing
  • Sample policies as appropriate
  • Best practices as appropriate
  • Attorneys from Elarbee Thompson, who for the three business days immediately following each webinar, will clarify or answer questions you may have related to the webinar presentations

Quarterly E-newsletters
To keep you updated about changes in federal and state law, trends, best practices, and tips about human resources challenges and issues, we send out quarterly e-newsletters that provide a big bang for your buck. Chock full of timely, relevant information, these e-newsletters will help you stay on top of city-related HR.

Human Resources Workshop
Cities that are part of the HR Express program are invited to one six-hour workshop that will feature  lecture and interactive training on relevant HR topics.  Up to five representatives from the city/organization may attend the seminar at no charge beyond the annual membership fee. Additional representatives from the city/organization may attend the workshop, though they will be assessed a registration fee. The lecture portion of the workshop will be recorded and made available on demand to subscribers on the password secured HR Express section of the GMA website.

Access to Members of Elarbee Thompson’s Public Sector Practice Group
HR Express subscribers can contact members of Elarbee Thompson’s Public Sector Practice Group via telephone and/or email for a period of three work days following each webinar and workshop for questions pertaining to the webinar/workshop topics. Subscribers can also contact the attorneys via telephone and/or email for up to four hours for questions related to the 2016-2017 HR Express webinar series.

Annual Costs

We base the annual cost of the service on the population size of your city.  
Cities with less than 1,000 population $500
Cities with population between 1,000 – 2,999 $1,000
Cities with population between 3,000 – 9,999 $1,500
Cities with population of 10,000 and greater $2,000

If you are a member of GMA’s property and liability insurance program (GIRMA), you are eligible to receive a grant from GIRMA’s existing liability grant program to reimburse your city for 50% of the annual HR Express membership fee.

Participating Entities

Acworth McDonough
Adairsville Monticello
Aragon Oakwood
Blairsville Perry
Dallas Powder Springs
Dawsonville Rincon
Dublin Ringgold
Duluth River Valley Regional Commission
Eatonton Rockmart
Flowery Branch Statham
Harlem Suwanee
Hiawassee Tallulah Falls
Hinesville Thomson
Lenox Trion
Lilburn Twin City
Lithonia Tyrone
Madison Woodstock

HR Express live webinars take place from 12:00 - 1:00 pm and are viewable by HR Express Subscribers only. A list of the upcoming dates is presented below, and the topics will be added once finalized.

Dates & Topics

  •   July 18, 2019
  •   September 19, 2019
  •   November 21, 2019

April 6, 2017   |  Kaye McCann, Blairsville City Clerk
While large cities may enjoy fully staffed Human Resource departments with HR legal experts close at hand, smaller cities must often get by on the knowledge of their small staffs. However, HR law is complex—constantly changing, updating and fluctuating. It’s hard to keep up.

To Contact Elarbee Thompson with a question relating to an HR Express Webinar or Workshop: 404-659-6700 or HRExpress@elarbeethompson.com

If your city is a HR Express subscriber, please log in using your website credentials to access subscriber content.

It’s easy to join HR Express.
  1. Download the HR Express form and agreement.
  2. Print out the form, fill it out, and sign the agreement.
  3. Send the form and agreement to:
Donna Forman, GMA, PO Box 105377, Atlanta, GA 30348 or scan and email to Dforman at gmanet.com

If you have any questions about the HR Express service, then reach out to Aileen Harris at (678) 686-6293.
GMA’s history of pooling together normally high-priced resources such as attorneys and subject matter experts to help cities at a low cost means that you receive city-customized services that have your best interest in mind. HR Express follows in that tradition. You receive regular access to HR experts and critical information about human resources laws, trends, and best practices—all timely, relevant, and customized for cities.