TOPIC: Legislative Update: Things Employers Need To Know
SPEAKER: Amanda Walls & Stephen Senn / Peterson & Myers
HRCI Credits: 1 SHRM and HRCI credit(s)
Summary: Join us for a comprehensive legal update for employers presented by Amanda Walls of Peterson & Myers. Once someone finally feels like they truly understand employment law, it changes. So much of what HR professionals must do is stay abreast of key changes in the laws and legal interpretations that affect the workplace. This update will take a broad view of recent developments, including new court decisions that impact employment and human resources.
1. Understand current enforcement statistics and initiatives of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as the impact of recent EEOC settlements and verdicts.
2. Explore the emerging confluence of the ADA, medical and recreational marijuana use laws, the opiate addiction crisis, and traditional drug free workplace policies.
3. Examine the issue of Equal Pay cases, claims, and EEOC enforcement efforts.
4. Provide a general update on recent Florida cases involving recurring issues in employment law, including leaves of absence/FMLA, Title VII and other protected class discrimination, and wage & hour.
Speaker Bios: Amanda L. Walls is an associate with Peterson & Myers, P.A. and practices in the firm’s Lakeland office. She provides general counsel for business clients of various sizes, types, and industries with a focus on entity formation, corporate governance, business transactions, as well as labor and employment law compliance. She currently serves as General Counsel and on the Executive Committee for the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Walls also serves on the board of directors of the InnerAct Alliance, a non-profit focused on the prevention of substance abuse and addiction in Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties.
Stephen R. (Steve) Senn is a senior shareholder of the firm and has worked from the Lakeland office since 1991. Mr. Senn has a broad-based litigation practice, which includes appeals, complex litigation, employment disputes, agricultural concerns, and commercial and business litigation. Mr. Senn is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and is board certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in appellate practice. Representative clients include health care providers, educational institutions, trucking companies, restaurants, manufacturers and government entities.
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