The Florida Bar

The Florida Bar
and the City County and Local Government Law Section and the Labor and Employment Law Section present
37th Public Employment Labor Relations Forum

Course Classification: Intermediate Level

Live Presentation: September 22-23, 2011
In Conjunction with The Florida Bar Midyear Meeting

Hilton Walt Disney World, Orlando * 1751 Hotel Plaza Boulevard * Lake Buena Vista, FL32830
(407) 827-4000 *

Course No. 1288R

This one-and-a-half-day program held during The Florida Bar's Midyear Meeting in Orlando will cover pension reform and update, federal Eleventh Circuit and Florida's public sector labor law update, Florida Civil Rights Act and Florida Commission on Human Relations, an overview of the impasse resolution process, the special magistrate process, Senate bill 88 and other legislative actions, collective bargaining agreements, financial urgency under section 447.4095, litigation of section 447.4095, drug testing and public official ethics.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

12: 30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Late Registration

1:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.
Welcome/Opening Remarks
Stephen A. Meck, General Counsel, Florida Public Employees Relations Commission, Tallahassee

1:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Pension Reform and Update
James W. Linn, Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A., Tallahassee
Ronald G. Meyer, Meyer, Brooks, Demma & Blohm, P. A., Tallahassee

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

3:15 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.
Federal Eleventh Circuit and Florida’s Public Sector Labor Law Update
Todd D. Engelhardt, Sniffen & Spellman, P.A., Tallahassee
F. Damon Kitchen, Constangy, Brooks, Smith, LLC, Jacksonville

4:10 p.m. – 5:05 p.m.
Florida Civil Rights Act (FCRA) and Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR)
Lawrence F. Kranert Jr., FCHR General Counsel, Tallahassee

5:05 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Joint City, County and Local Government and Labor and Employment Law Section Meeting (all invited)

5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Section Meetings (all invited)

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
All Member Reception (included in registration fee)

Friday, September 23, 2011

8:40 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Michael K. Grogan, Allen, Norton & Blue, P.A., Jacksonville

8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
An Overview of the Impasse Resolution Process
Stephen A. Meck, General Counsel, Florida Public Employees Relations Commission, Tallahassee

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
The Special Magistrate Process
Thomas W. Young III, Port Charlotte

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

10:15 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
Senate Bill 88 and other Legislative Actions -What Do They Mean for Collective Bargaining
Thomas M. Gonzalez, Thompson, Sizemore, Gonzalez & Hearing, Tampa

11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Collective Bargaining Agreements, Waivers and Status Quo: Navigating the Maze
Deborah C. Brown, Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport

11:50 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.
Luncheon (included in registration fee)
Speaker (TBA)

1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Financial Urgency under Section 447.4095
David C. Miller, Bryant, Miller, Olive, Miami

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
What is Happening in Miami? The Litigation of Section 447.4095
Michael Mattimore, Allen, Norton & Blue, P.A., Tallahassee
Donald D. Slesnick, Slesnick & Casey, LLP, Miami

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

3:15 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Drug Testing
Paul A. Donnelly, Donnelly & Gross, P.A., Gainesville

4:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Public Official Ethics
C. Christopher Anderson III, Florida Commission on Ethics, Tallahassee

4:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Questions and Answers and Closing Remarks


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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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