SEMINARS & SPEECHES

January 17, 2019

Common Law Employment Claims

19th Labor and Employment Law Annual Update and Certification Review

This course is designed for two audiences: those who are preparing to take the board certification exam for labor and employment law and those who want a refresher course and update on labor and employment law.  In that context, this article and presentation provided an overview on the types of common law employment claims that exist under Florida law.

 

September 27, 2018

NAMWOLF, M.E.: Autopsies of Failed Investigations

2018 Annual Meeting, National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF)

Under a wide range of different laws, a company’s response to an internal or external complaint, and the investigation that underlies that response, may provide a valid defense to limit or even avoid liability.  At a minimum, the investigation will assist the company in being able to quickly assess potential liability in order to then map out an appropriate strategy going forward at an early stage.  This article and speech provided case studies of where investigations went wrong and how misteps in those investigations led to unfortunate consequences for companies.  In addition to analyzing these investigations, this article and speech provided best practices and practical tips to consider when conducting an internal investigation.

 

September 14, 2018

You Don’t Have To Be Bill Gates To Use Technology In A Case

Effectively Litigating Employment Cases From Inception Through Trial, The Florida Bar Labor & Employment Law Section

This article and speech provided practical tips and techniques, from low-tech to high-tech, in all stages of a case.  Attendees learned how to incorporate technology into their practice, regardless of how tech savvy they may be.

 

January 18, 2018

Common Law Employment Claims

18th Labor and Employment Law Annual Update and Certification Review

This course is designed for two audiences: those who are preparing to take the board certification exam for labor and employment law and those who want a refresher course and update on labor and employment law.  In that context, this article provided an overview on the types of common law employment claims that exist under Florida law.

 

October 20, 2017

Employment Claims in Court: A Judge’s Viewpoint

Broward County Bar Association

This presentation provided the viewpoints of a state court judge and a federal judge about various procedural and substantive aspects over the life an employment litigation action. The judges provided best practices and viewpoints about such things as service of process, motion to dismiss practice, summary judgment, discovery, case management conferences, oral argument, and trial.

 

April 28, 2017

FLSA and Wage Claims

Basic Labor and Employment 2017, The Florida Bar

The Florida Bar requires attorneys to complete “basic” level substantive CLE courses within their initial three-year cycle after admission to The Florida Bar. This presentation satisfied that requirement by providing to attendees an overview of the workings of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The presentation addressed who is subject to the FLSA, exemptions to overtime, what constitutes hours worked, and how damages are calculated.

 

February 13, 2017

Labor & Employment Practice Area Committee CLE: Headline News

2017 Business Meeting, National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF)

This presentation, done in a newscast format, provided up-to-date coverage on the NLRB’s “squeeze” on private employers, the rise in whistleblower claims and Sarbanes Oxley regulation on corporate America, and the current state of the law on whether a company’s arbitration agreement is enforceable on employment claims.

 

May 6, 2016

The Sixth Sense: Six Common Scenarios and How to Analyze Them Without Calling a Lawyer
Human Resources Association of Broward County’s 5th Annual Legal Seminar

This article and presentation outlined the six most common scenarios that result in employees calling attorneys for a consultation.  The goal of the article and presentation was to assist companies in identifying these scenarios and how best to avoid these situations so employees do not feel the need to call a lawyer.

 

March 8, 2016

Roundtable with General Counsel from Ryder, Bacardi, Yahoo! Hispanic Americas
The South Florida Executive Roundtable

This presentation provided the thoughts and views of general counsel from three leading companies on a variety of topics that would be of interest to outside counsel.

 

February 1, 2016

Diversity Across the Bench
Broward County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section

This presentation provided the thoughts and views of practitioners and the judiciary on the issue of diversity on the bench.

 

October 7, 2015

Executive H.R. Panel – Driving Change and Innovation While Boosting Team Engagement
The South Florida Executive Roundtable

This presentation provided practical advice and best practices to assist companies in making changes to performance practices so as to increase productivity and engage the workforce.

 

May 20, 2015

HR Matters & Insights — HR, Labor & Employment and the Bottom Line
South Florida Association for Financial Professionals (SFAFP)

This question and answer format presentation addressed the top issues and concerns from CHROs of Human Resources departments from companies of varying sizes.

 

May 23, 2013

2013 Grievance Committee Institute
The Florida Bar

This presentation provided a summary of the presenter’s experience serving on a grievance committee as both a member and as a chairperson.

 

January 31, 2013

Diversity Week: Employment Discrimination
University of Miami School of Law

The University of Miami School of Law held a week-long celebration on diversity.  This presentation addressed the issue of diversity in the context of federal and Florida employment discrimination laws.

 

January 13, 2011

Managing Partner Roundtable
Legal Marketing Association, Southeastern Chapter

This question and answer format presentation addressed the top issues and concerns from managing partners from law firms of varying sizes.

 

June 16, 2010

The Department of Labor’s Growing Interest in Targeting YOU for FLSA Violations
Setnor Byer Insurance & Risk + The Human Equation

This webinar presentation addressed the U.S. Department of Labor’s then current agenda in terms of what wage and hour issues it was looking to actively enforce.  This included the issues of employee misclassification, industries at risk, and the standards the agency was using to determine whether there were violations of the wage and hour laws.

 

April 8, 2010

Practical and Legal Considerations When Implementing Recession-Based Employment Decisions

Practising Law Institute

This article and presentation addressed the potential pitfalls when implementing a first round of layoffs (and the unexpected pitfalls arising out of a second or third round of layoffs), the pros and cons of furloughs, pay freezes, pay cuts, and reductions or elimination of benefits, the risks and rewards of hiring in a recession, and the best practices for implementing recession-based employment decisions such as layoffs, cost-saving measures, and selective recruiting.

 

November 16, 2006

Senior Executive and Officer Litigation: How to Avoid and Handle Employment-Related Claims Involving Key Business Leaders 
2006 Labor & Employment Seminar Important Legal and Litigation Issues Facing Employers

Previously, decisions made by executives and directors in the board room often were cloaked with a veil of legitimacy.  Now, however, these decisions are under constant surveillance and scrutiny from outsiders and are even vulnerable to leaks from insiders. This article and presentation provided an overview of companies can best limit exposure and otherwise handle employment-related claims involving high-level managers and executives.

 

May 10, 2006

Keeping Up to Date with the FLSA and Florida Wage and Hour Laws
Greater Miami Society for Human Resource Management Spring Legislative Update

This presentation provided an overview of recent decisions and trends involving federal and Florida wage and hours issues impacting employers.  The presentation included practical tips and best practices to help limit potential exposure under these laws.

 

July 1, 2005

Court Further Limits Polygraph Testing by Prohibiting Employer From Even “Requesting” a Polygraph Without “Reasonable Suspicion”
Labor & Employment Update

Court decisions relating to the Employee Polygraph Protection Act are rare.  But each time a decision is published, these decisions provide significant guidance to employers.  This article provided an overview of a recent decision that may cause employers to rethink or even eliminate altogether the use of polygraph tests.

 

May 9, 2005

Navigating the Maze of Health, Leave, and Disability Laws 
Employment Law & Strategies for a Global Economy

This article and presentation focused on the various issues that employers must consider when dealing with the numerous laws associated with employee health leave and disability issues.  The first part summarized the various laws (and employment benefits policies) employers might face when addressing health leave or disability issue and provides a more detailed review of two particularly critical statutes, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.  The second part highlighted the areas where the various laws and policies overlap or conflict.  The third part provided a summary of recent significant court decisions under Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

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