The Florida Bar

The Florida Bar
and the Labor and Employment Law Section present
12th Annual Labor and Employment Law Certification Review

Course Classification: Advanced Level

One Location: Thursday and Friday, February 16-17, 2012
Hilton Bonnet Creek
14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane
Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 597-3600

Course No. 1323R

This 2-day seminar is intended to assist those who have applied to take the certification exam in preparing for the exam or who are thinking about taking the test in the future. It is developed and conducted without any endorsement by the BLSE and/or Certification committees. Those who have developed the program have no information regarding the examination content other than the information contained in the exam specifications which are also provided to each examinee. Candidates for certification who take this course should not assume that the course material will cover all topics on the examination or that the examination will cover all topics in the course material.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

8:00 a.m. – 8:20 a.m.
Late Registration

8:20 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Mary Ruth Houston, Shutts & Bowen L.L.P., Orlando – Program Co-Chair
David H. Spalter, Jill S. Schwartz & Associates, P.A., Winter Park – Program Co-Chair

8:30 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.
Fair Labor Standards Act
David H. Spalter, Jill S. Schwartz & Associates, P.A., Winter Park

9:20 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Constitutional Employment Claims
Michael Spellman, Sniffen & Spellman, P.A., Tallahassee

10:20 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
National Labor Relations Act
James G. Brown, Ford & Harrison, Orlando

12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (included in registration fee)

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Public Employees Relations Act
Richard Siwica, Evan Lev & Siwica, Orlando

2:00 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.
Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act
Kevin D. Johnson, Thompson Sizemore Gonzalez & Hearing, P.A., Tampa

2:40 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

2:50 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Common Law Employment Claims
Jill S. Schwartz, Jill S. Schwartz & Associates, P.A., Winter Park

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974/COBRA
Frank E. Brown, MacFarlane Ferguson, Tampa

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Labor & Employment Law Section Executive Council Meeting (all invited)

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Reception (included in registration fee)

Friday, February 17, 2012

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Unemployment Appeals
Hon. Alan Orantes Forst, Unemployment Appeals Commission, Palm City

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
EEO Law Substantive Law
Mary Ruth Houston, Shutts & Bowen L.L.P., Orlando

10:15 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.

10:25 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
EEO Laws: Administrative Procedures
J. Ray Poole, Constangy Brooks & Smith L.L.C., Jacksonville

11:10 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Statutory and Common Law Protection of Business Interests
Karen M. Buesing, Akerman Senterfitt, Tampa

12:00 noon – 12:55 p.m.
Drug Testing Statutes
Christopher C. Sharp, Sharp Law Firm, P.A., Plantation

12:55 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.
Lunch (included in registration fee)

1:25 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Workplace Privacy: Polygraph Protection Act; Fair Credit Reporting Act; Invasion of Privacy; Employer Regulation of Private Employee Conduct
James M. Craig, Thompson Sizemore Gonzalez & Hearing, P.A., Tampa

2:15 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.
Whistleblower Statutes and Workers’ Compensation Retaliation Claims
Shane T. Muñoz, Ford & Harrison, Tampa

3:10 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.

3:25 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Family Medical Leave Act
David E. Block, Jackson Lewis L.L.P., Miami

4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Eric J. Holshouser, Fowler White Boggs, P.A., Jacksonville

4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Janet E. Wise, Law Offices of Cynthia N. Sass, P.A., Tampa

Every CLE course will feature an electronic course book in lieu of a printed book for all live presentations, live webcasts, webinars, teleseminars, audio CDs and video DVDs. This searchable, downloadable, printable material will be available via e-mail several days in advance of the live course presentation or thereafter for purchased products. We strongly encourage you to purchase the book separately if you prefer your material printed but do not want to print it yourself. Effective July 1, 2010

Print the attached PDF brochure for more detailed information.



Credit may be applied to more than one of the programs above but cannot exceed the maximum for any given program. Please keep a record of credit hours earned. RETURN YOUR COMPLETED CLER AFFIDAVIT PRIOR TO CLER REPORTING DATE (see Bar News label). (Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 6-10.5).

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