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Henderson Franklin’s Employment Law and Workers’ Compensation teams invite business owners, HR professionals, in-house counsel and those wanting to stay up-to-date on issues impacting the workplace to attend the 28th Annual HR Law & Solutions Seminar on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at the Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa in Fort Myers, Florida. For more details, please click here to view or download the seminar brochure.

The day will kick-off with registration and a continental breakfast at 7:15 a.m. sponsored by Sanibel Captiva Community Bank. After the morning session, attendees will enjoy a plated lunch, sponsored by BKS-Partners, and conclude around 3:00 pm after an incredible inspiring session delivered by former US Black Hawk Helicopter Pilot, Elizabeth McCormick, sponsored by Contemporary Business Resources. Topics and speakers include:

A Day in the Life: Practical Tips for Today’s Employers

No two days are the same and one thing is for certain – you never know what issue is going to arise at the office when you wake up in the morning. In this session, panelists Scott Atwood, Esq., Katherine Cook, Esq. and Sara Qureshi, Esq., will take a walk in your shoes and share pointers, as well as updates on relevant case law, to help find solutions to daily challenges, including:

  • making sure employees are classified and paid correctly;
  • responding to employees who have leave and medical situations; and,
  • addressing performance problems; and, protecting your business when an employee leaves to go work for (or becomes) a competitor.

2020 Litigation Trends and EEOC Updates

HR is not for the faint of heart. The shifting sands of social norms and legal developments can make life difficult for even the most experienced HR professional. In this session, panelists Robert Shearman, Esq., Kyle Dudek, Esq., and guest panelists Robert Weisberg, Esq. (Regional Attorney for the Miami District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) and Benjamin Yormak, Esq. (Florida Bar Board Certified Employment Lawyer) will discuss litigation trends, recent case law and issues employers should expect in 2020 not only from a management viewpoint, but also from the perspective of the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission and from the plaintiff’s bar. Attendees will learn:

  • potential changes to minimum wage and overtime laws, paid sick/maternity leave;
  • the status of sexual orientation/gender identity protections; and,
  • the ever-changing NLRB rulings.

The panelists will also share their tips and strategies to help employers stay in compliance and out of litigation, reducing exposure to costly, time-consuming, and disruptive employment claims.

Preparing Today’s Employer for 2020 Workers’ Compensation Claims

Recent trends indicate three things in the workers’ compensation arena:

  • a significant decrease in claims settling before trial;
  • plaintiff attorneys are more aggressive in depositions of HR and payroll managers; and,
  • what may appear as a routine claim can quickly blossom into significant exposure and increased insurance premiums.

In this session,panelists David Roos, Esq., Russell Whittle, Esq., and Spencer Shaw, Esq. and guest panelist Anna Evans (Vice President Claims from BKS-Partners) will share common defenses, recent case law and real-world strategies to minimize risk and exposure so employers can be fully prepared to defend claims at every stage.

Soar to Success

Keynote speaker and Former US. Army Black Hawk pilot Elizabeth McCormick shares the professional and/or personal development secrets for success with her stories of overcoming overwhelming obstacles as a helicopter pilot while inspiring YOU to Soar 2 Success. In this session, attendees will learn how to unlock the key to boosting your confidence and elevating your effectiveness in and outside the workplace. Elizabeth will also share the prioritization and delegation strategies so you can soar to a higher level of advancement by helping others take the lead.

Continuing Education

This course is approved by SHRM for 4.25 PDC and by HRCI for 4.25 (HR) General continuing education credits. Florida Bar CLE continuing education credits are pending.


Cost is $65 per person. Click here to register online. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with details for processing payments.

If you have any questions you would like the speakers to address, general event questions or need assistance with group reservations, please feel free to contact me at or by phone 293-344-1186.