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2018 Annual Conference - HR Compliance Track
 SHRM Jacksonville 10th Annual Conference | Friday, April 12 - Friday, April 13, 2018
Compliant-pedia - Human Resource Compliance 
"Compliant-pedia"- Human Resource Compliance track sessions with a focus on Legal Updates and HR Compliance. Please note: speaker times are subject to change.

Greg Hare

Ogletree Deakins

What's Today's Excuse? Enforcing Attendance Rules, But Offering "Reasonable Accommodations"

Presented by Greg Hare

Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM

Perpetually-Absent Employees: How can a company comply with its wide-ranging legal obligations when a worker is ill or injured ... and allegedly unable work? When must the company hold the person's job open and offer the worker an opportunity for reinstatement? How/when can the company offer "reasonable accommodation"? When can the company enforce its attendance policy and actually terminate the employee? Realistically evaluating the company's exposures is critical to your business!

About the Speaker: Greg Hare has been an employment lawyer at Ogletree Deakins his entire career, ever since 1991. He assists companies with human resources and employment-related litigation matters, including wrongful termination claims, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, employment contracts, trade secrets, and non-compete agreements.

He advises clients on a wide range of human resources topics, such as employee discipline and discharge, severance planning, independent contractor classifications, wage payment, family and medical leave, disability law, military leave, joint employment issues, affirmative action and reductions in force.



Michael G. Prendergast

FordHarrison LLP

The Ten Commandments of Employment Litigation Avoidance

Presented by Michael G. Prendergast

Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The best and cheapest way to win an employment lawsuit is not to have one in the first place. While no amount of planning can guarantee complete protection from lawsuits and administrative claims, human resources professionals can use the time-tested "Ten Commandments of Employment Litigation Avoidance" to help their organizations minimize the risk of costly and disruptive litigation, while advancing their organizations' mission and goals.

About the Speaker: Michael Prendergast is a partner in the Jacksonville, Florida office of FordHarrison LLP. Mike and his partners help employers develop practical and legally sound solutions to employment issues and related business needs. This includes advice and defense of legal claims related to union avoidance, union/management relations, occupational safety and health, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, medical and other leaves of absence, reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, affirmative action obligations of government contractors, whistleblower laws, and the growing number of other statutes, regulations and common law causes of action that influence today’s workplace.



Candice Pinares-Baez

Fisher Phillips

Sexual Harassment - Which Behaviors Warrant Your Attention?

Presented by Candice Pinares-Baez

Friday, April 13, 2018 | 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

The time is now to examine your organizational culture to ensure that you are not only providing a workplace free of harassment, but also a workplace culture that does not encourage your employees from carrying out improper and cruel behavior. In this interactive session we will define what constitutes sexual harassment, how to prevent it from occurring and the proper way to navigate through the complaint and reporting process.

About the Speaker: Candice C. Pinares-Baez is Of Counsel in the firm's Fort Lauderdale office. She handles all types of employment-related matters including litigating non-compete/trade secret disputes, defending employment-related lawsuits and administrative complaints encompassing a variety of issues, discrimination claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Florida Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other federal and state employment laws, and related tort actions.



Dethra U. Giles



Race , Religion and Politics: Let's talk about it

Presented by Dethra U. Giles

Friday, April 13, 2018 | 9:15 AM to 10:15 AM

There are three things you do not talk about in the workplace: race, religion and politics. But why? Why do we not talk about the very essence of who people are? Why do we tell people we have an inclusive workforce BUT don't talk about three of the most important aspects of your being at work? The answer is simple; we don't know how to have these conversations. We can not truly call ourselves inclusive until we learn and practice having those conversations that make us uncomfortable. In this session we will did deep into how to talk about taboo topics in the workplace and we will experience the discomfort, the conversation and the mending of the topic in real time. Get ready or a bumpy but fun ride as we learn to do what HR is suppose to do, help people become comfortable with their discomfort.       

About the Speaker: Dethra U. Giles is an international speaker, executive coach and award-winning author that delivers highly engaging and interactive speeches, coaching, international mastermind events and workshops that takes people on a journey of what career and personal development mastery can and will do for their life. 

Dethra is a TEDx Talk speaker as well as a top rated speaker for SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management). She is an expert at delivering presentations that help build leaders, accountable teams and increased productivity.


Roy Richardson

US Department of Labor; Wage and Hour Division


FMLA Compliance: Learn How to Reduce your Exposure to Costly Lawsuits
Presented by Roy Richardson
Friday, April 13, 2018 | 10:45 AM to 11:45 AM
The US Dept of Labor's Wage and Hour Division is committed to strengthening compliance with the FMLA by providing assistance to employers and helping increase their knowledge of the law. This session is designed to provide essential information about the FMLA, including information about the employer's obligations under the law and the options available to employers in administering leave under the FMLA.

About the Speaker: William Richardson began his career as a Federal Investigator with the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division enforcing the provisions of the Family Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, SCA/Davis-Bacon/PCA, Employee Polygraph Protection Act, Consumer Credit Protection Act, Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Protection Act and the H1-B, H2-A and H2-B guestworker visa program. His compliance efforts have been recognized with the Task Force Impact Award (2011), Special Congressional Recognition (2015), Secretary of Labor’s Exceptional Achievement Award (2016 & 2017) and the Administrator’s MOU Collaboration Award (2017). Currently, he serves as an Outreach and Planning Specialist and works to provide compliance assistance to employers by helping increase their knowledge of the laws that the Wage and Hour Division administers.


Jessica T. Travers

Akerman LLP

The Employee Handbook: The Good, the Bad, and the Absolutely Critical

Presented by Jessica T. Travers

Friday, April 13, 2018 | 12:45 PM to 1:45 PM

An employee handbook is an important communication tool to outline what the Company expects from employees. The success of a handbook hinges on what policies and information you include and how you word policies. This session will address the policies that should, and shouldn't, be included in an effective handbook. Plus, the session will address legal developments surrounding employee handbooks and tips for effectively drafting policies.

About the Speaker: Jessica Travers helps large and small employers avoid and resolve conflicts with employees. She is an experienced litigator handling a variety of intricate employment issues, including overtime and minimum wage, discrimination and retaliation, whistleblowing, workplace harassment, employee leave and reasonable accommodations, employee class and collective actions, and non-compete and breach of contract claims.


Dave Chauncey


Todd Wright

Alexander DeGance Barnett, P.A.

Navigating Hot Topics under the ADA
Presented by David Chauncey & Todd Wright

Friday, April 13, 2018 | 2:15 PM to 3:15 PM

The focus of this presentation is to educate HR professionals on navigating recent issues that employers are routinely facing under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The topics addressed in this presentation are (1) how to properly engage in the interactive process under the ADA, (2) whether employers must accommodate an employee's medical marijuana use, (3) providing accommodations to pregnant women, (4) whether post-FMLA extended leave can qualify as a required reasonable accommodation under the ADA, and (5) the use of service dogs and emotional support animals as a workplace accommodation.

About the Speaker: Dave Chauncey is a labor, employment, general business litigation and education attorney at Alexander DeGance Barnett, P.A., in Jacksonville, FL. Dave specializes in employment matters including Title VII, ADA, or FLSA, and advising educational institutions on a range of issues. Dave is a member of Leadership Florida, a Jacksonville Historical Society Board Member and a Board of Governors member for the Jacksonville Bar Association - Young Lawyers Section. Dave also worked for two years as an American History, Civics, World History, and Writing Teacher at Jean Ribault Middle School as part of the Teach For America program in Jacksonville, FL.

Todd Wright - Todd Wright’s practice focuses primarily on the representation of employers and educational institutions in employment, educational, and business matters. A substantial portion of Mr. Wright’s practice is devoted to representing employers in discrimination claims arising under state and federal civil rights laws. Prior to private practice, Mr. Wright served as a judicial law clerk for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida.


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