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2017 Annual Conference - HR Compliance Track
 SHRM Jacksonville Annual Conference | Thursday, March 30 - Friday, March 31, 2017
Rules of the Road - Human Resource Compliance 
The Rules of the Road - Human Resource Compliance track sessions with a focus on Legal Updates and HR Compliance. Please note: speaker times are subject to change.

Candice Pinares-Baez

Fisher Phillips

And The Beat Goes On….Old Employment Laws Impacting the Workforce In New Ways

Presented by Candice Pinares-Baez

Thursday, March 30, 2017 | 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM

This interactive workshop will outline practical strategies for dealing with the top workforce concerns of Human Resources. The session will cover how existing employment laws through regulation and case law development have taken a turn and now impact the workforce in new and often unanticipated ways. The session will offer strategies for avoiding liability while, at the same time, maintaining positive employee relations. Among others, this session will address new anti-retaliation, leave, sexual orientation, wage hour, medical marijuana, and background check claims and regulatory investigations.

About the Speaker: Candice Pinares-Baez is Of Counsel in the Fisher Phillips Fort Lauderdale office. She handles all types of employment-related matters including 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 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.


Jenni Stone

HR Shield

She Partied Like a Rockstar, Now What?

Presented by Jenni Stone

Thursday, March 30, 2017 | 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Out of work conduct, such as employee behavior at social events, personal relationships in the workplace and recreational use of drugs and/or alcohol by employees has always been a gray area for employers. Today, employers have the technological means, and occasionally the inclination, to find out what workers are doing when outside of the workplace. However, your right to monitor your employees' conduct off the job and to make decisions based on that conduct is limited. If your investigation or questions invade an employee's right to privacy, you might end up in court defending those actions.

About the Speaker: For more than twenty years, Jenni Stone has been immersed in the Human Resources industry, as a Recruiter, Generalist, HRIS Specialist, Project Manager and HR Advisor. Her experience includes the telecommunications, healthcare and staffing industries. Jenni is HR Director, and Partner at HR Shield, a company that provides HR solutions to small and midsize businesses nationwide.

Presentation - "She Partied Like a Rockstar, Now What?



Jessica Travers


Independent Contractors, Joint Employers and the Unintended Employment Relationship

Presented by Jessica Travers

Friday, March 31, 2017 | 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued new guidance narrowing the definition of an independent contractor, while the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) new Browning Ferris decision expanded the definition of a joint employer. Taken together, these two developments may mean that your company is now the “employer” of both 1099 workers and the employees of subcontractors or franchisees. This event will help you understand the DOL’s new guidance on independent contractors and the NLRB’s new joint employer standards, and learn to avoid “red flag” practices that could increase your company’s risk.

About the Speaker: Jessica T. Travers practices primarily in the areas of labor and employment law and represents management in the full range of issues that affect the employment relationship. She practices before Florida's state and federal courts and handles all stages of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state agency matters, from the filing of the charge to the ensuing investigation through issuance of the right-to-sue.

Presentation - Independent Contractors, Joint Employers and the Unintended Employment Relationship



Michael Farrell


What's New at the EEOC

Presented by Michael Farrell

Friday, March 31, 2017 | 9:15 AM to 10:15 AM

 Michael Farrell, Director of the U.S. EEOC Miami District, will provide a review of EEOC's strategic enforcement plan and provide employer representatives guidance on steering clear of possible pitfalls. Mr. Farrell will enlighten attendees about the most relevant issues identified by EEOC on both a national and regional level. Participants will receive practical advice on how to avoid potential liability in employment decisions.      

 About the Speaker: Michael J. Farrell is the Miami District Director for the United States Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC). He was appointed to the position in February 2016. In that role Mr. Farrell directs EEOC enforcement in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The EEOC investigates, litigates and resolves both private and Federal employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII); The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA); The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA); Title I and V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA); Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and The Civil Rights Act of 1991.                

Presentation - What's New with the EEOC


Giselle Carson

Marks Gray, PA

Assessing your Legal Readiness to Manage Your Foreign Talent in 2017 and Beyond under the Trump Administration
Presented by Giselle Carson
Friday, March 31, 2017 | 10:45 AM to 11:45 AM
During this presentation, we will cover effective, practical and up-to-date legal strategies that you can implement to successfully hire and retain foreign workers. We will also cover regulatory changes affecting high skilled foreign workers and professionals and legal updates on I-9 compliance and enforcement.

About the Speaker: For over 10 years, Giselle Carson successfully assisted employers in hiring and retaining talented foreign nationals and helped immigrants from over 60 countries achieve their immigration dreams. She represents domestic and multinational corporations, as well as institutions such as colleges, universities, hospitals, and professional sports associations. Her practice includes I-9 and immigration compliance strategy; policy and audits; counsel and due diligence in mergers & acquisitions and corporate restructuring; and visas for executives, managers, athletes, scientists, researchers, professors, physicians, nurses, IT professionals, investors, students, visitors, and others.

Presentation - Assessing your Legal Readiness


Craig Love

Legal Shield, Inc.

ID Theft in the Workplace for HR Professionals

Presented by Craig Love

Friday, March 31, 2017 | 12:45 PM to 1:45 PM

ID Theft is America’s fastest growing white-collar crime, and if the security of the company’s customers’, vendors’, or employees’ NPI is breached for any reason, state and federal legislation makes the company liable. Malicious intent by a disgruntled employee, an illegal hack into the system, or an honest mistake is all viewed the same. This presentation addresses how the crime occurs and provides comprehensive risk management strategies to minimize the associated risks!

About the Speaker: Craig Love is a Director with Legal Shield, Inc., a business services firm specializing in employee legal and identity theft protection benefits for employers of all sizes nationwide. Mr. Love is a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist with extensive experience and expertise in combating fraud by providing effective education designed to increase awareness and understanding of Identity Theft; of how these crimes occur; and providing comprehensive risk management strategies to minimize their associated risks.

Handout - ID Theft in the Workplace


Mark Nixon


Repeal and Replace ACA - What is Next?
Presented by Mark Nixon

Friday, March 31, 2017 | 2:15 PM to 3:15 PM

President Trump signed an executive order addressing the ACA, his first act as president on January 20, 2017. While the executive order’s specific impact is largely unclear at this time it broadly directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other federal agencies to waive, delay or grant exemptions from the ACA requirements that may impose a financial burden. Mark Nixon will address the changes as they evolve and become more specific.

About the Speaker: As President of the Hylant Jacksonville office, Mark Nixon strives to ensure the delivery of exceptional service to all of our clients. With more than 23 years of experience in the insurance industry, he provides indispensable industry knowledge to his team and clients, alike. His primary responsibilities include sales management, agency development, and overall team leadership.

Presentation - Repeal and Replace ACA - What is Next?


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