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2019 July Monthly Chapter Meeting
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When: Thursday, July 11, 2019
Registration begins at 7:30AM, Meeting begins at 8:00AM, Presentation begins at 8:30AM
Where: Maggiano's Little Italy
10367 Midtown Parkway
Jacksonville, FL  32246
Contact: Harrison Paciotti

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 Program Description

Mid-Year Legal Update

Topic(s): U.S. Employment Law & Regulations, Leadership & Navigation, Consultation


Certification Information

Session 1: Mid-Year Legal Update

This interactive session will analyze trends with respect to federal and state legislation along with exploring case law updates and how HR professionals should be prepared to handle same. 


At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will

  • Understand and be able to speak about legislative updates on the federal and state levels. 
  • Identify and analyze legislative updates on federal and state levels. 
  • Thorough understanding of legislative updates and the impact of this legislation on the human resources community. 

Session 2: Dealing with the Hazy Issue of Marijuana in the Workplace

As if changes in the employment laws weren’t enough, HR professionals are now dealing with differing state laws as marijuana legalization becomes widespread across the US.  Between medical and recreational marijuana, employers are finding themselves asking what they can prohibit and what is legally protected activity. 


As HR professionals, we need to consider multiple aspects of the situation and determine the best course forward. Even as medical marijuana is now legal in Florida, many of the specifics have yet to be clearly defined by legislative bodies, regulatory agencies, or the courts. 


We will look at the impact of medical and recreational marijuana on Drug-Free Workplace policies, the American’s with Disability Act, federal contractors, workers covered under DOT regulations and more.


Specific objectives accomplished in this session will include being able to determine the potential accommodation issues relating to the medical use of marijuana as it relates to drug testing. In addition, participants will understand the importance of updating their workplace policies in light of the recent changes in state laws as well as understanding where to look for recent developments.  Attendees will also understand the impact of the growing trend of legalized recreational marijuana use and best practices to minimize any impact on the workplace. 

 This activity has been submitted for two (2) Professional Development Credit (PDC) by SHRM and two (2) HR (General) credit with the HR Certification Institute.














About the Speakers

Amanda Simpson


Amanda Simpson is an Attorney in the Orlando, Florida, office of Jackson Lewis P.C.  Ms. Simpson is part of the firm’s class action practice group. Ms. Simpson has handled a number of class and collective actions including wage and hour claims alleging claims of misclassification and off the clock work.

Ms. Simpson’s primary practice includes representing clients on a broad array of employment litigation, including wage and hour disputes, claims of discrimination based on disability, race, age, national origin, sex, retaliation, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, and breach of contract actions.  Ms. Simpson has successful trial experience both in the state and federal court levels and argued in front of the District Court of Appeals.


Chad Sorenson, SHRM-SCP, SPHR


Chad Sorenson is the President and Founder of Adaptive HR Solutions and has over 25 years of diverse business, communications and human resource experience. 
He works with companies across the state that range from 5 to 1,200 employees and focuses on leadership development, manager training, employee performance management and employer compliance in industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, construction trades, and professional services organizations.   Prior to founding Adaptive HR Solutions in 2008, Chad has been Vice President, Director and Manager of Human Resources for several companies in the Jacksonville area. 
He is certified as a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional and a Senior Professional in Human Resources. Chad serves the 2019 President Elect for the HR Florida State Council.  He was also the President of SHRM Jacksonville in 2015 and 2016.  Chad regularly speaks to other SHRM Chapters, business associations, and companies across the state on topics such as leadership development and employee engagement.   
In addition to giving back to the HR field, Chad is actively involved in his church and has been a volunteer leader with Boy Scouts for over 10 years.  He is an Eagle Scout and a graduate of Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. The keys to his success are Devotion to God, Dedication to Family, Continuous Service, Lifetime Learning, and Always Remembering to Laugh.

Amanda Simpson

Chad Sorenson

Meeting Details

Agenda Location
7:30AM Registration Maggiano's Little Italy
8:00AM Meeting/Breakfast/Networking St. John's Town Center
8:30AM Presentation 10367 Midtown Parkway
10:45AM Presentation Ends/Meeting Wrap-up Jacksonville, FL 32246

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