The Florida Bar

The Florida Bar
and the City County and Local Government Law Section and the Labor and Employment Law Section present
38th Annual Public Employment Labor Relations Forum
Held In Conjunction with The Florida Bar Midyear Meeting

Course Classification: Intermediate Level
September 20-21, 2012
Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa
1900 Buena Vista Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Course No. 1504R

This one-and-a-half day program held during The Florida Bar's Midyear Meeting in Orlando will cover PERC - PERA update, pension reform update, first amendment and political and religious activity in public schools, professionalism issues for senior lawyers, financial urgency, new statutory limits on severance pay, bonuses and settlements in Florida public sector, mock arbitration, federal 11th circuit and Florida public sector update and wage and hour strategies for the public sector.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

1:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.
Welcome/Opening Remarks
Michael K. Grogan, Esq., Allen, Norton and Blue, P.A., Jacksonville

1:10 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.
Public Relations Commission Update
Mike Hogan, Chair, PERC, Tallahassee
Stephen A. Meck, General Counsel, PERC, Tallahassee
Gregg Morton, Hearing Officer, PERC, Tallahassee

2:05 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Pension Reform Update: Florida Retirement System and Local Government Plans
James Linn, Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A., Tallahassee

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

3:15 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.
What’s Happening at the EEOC
Gregory Hearing, Thompson, Sizemore, Gonzalez & Hearing, Tampa

4:10 p.m. – 4:55 p.m.
First Amendment and Political and Religious Activity in Public Schools
Bryan DiMaggio, Sheppard, White and Kachergus, P.A., Jacksonville
Robert J. Sniffen, Sniffen and Spellman, P.A., Tallahassee

5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Joint City, County & Local Government and Labor and Employment Section Meeting (all invited)

5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Section Meetings (all invited)

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
All Members’ Reception (Included in Registration Fee)

Friday, September 21, 2012

8:45 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.
Opening Remarks

8:55 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Financial Urgency
Michael Mattimore, Allen, Norton & Blue, P.A., Tallahassee
Ronald J. Cohen, Miami

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

10:15 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
Panel: Professionalism Issues for Senior Lawyers
Moderator: Jacina Parson, Assistant Director, Center for Professionalism, The Florida Bar, Tallahassee
Speakers: Linda Calvert Hanson, Director, Center for Professionalism, The Florida Bar, Tallahassee
Bill Robbinson, President, Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co., Oviedo
Erin Jackson, Partner, Thompson, Sizemore, Gonzalez & Hearing, PA, Tampa

11:20 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
New Statutory Limits on Severance Pay, Bonuses and Settlements in Florida Public Sector – A Migraine Headache without a Remedy
Andrew Hament, Ford Harrison, Melbourne
Richard Siwica, Egan Lev & Siwica, Orlando
Jeffrey Mandel, Fisher & Philips, Orlando

12:10 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Luncheon (Included in Registration Fee)

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Arbitration Practice Pointers
Kenneth Starr, Arbitrator/Mediator/Conflict Resolution Professional, Sarasota
Margaret P. Zabijaka, Constangy, Brooks & Smith LLC, Jacksonville
Andy Ingram, Donnelly & Gross, P.A., Gainesville

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

2:45 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Federal 11th Circuit and Florida Public Sector Update
F. Damon Kitchen, Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP, Jacksonville

3:50 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Wage and Hour Strategies for the Public Sector: What You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask
Janet Goldberg McEnery, Macfarlane, Ferguson & McMullen, P.A., Tampa

4:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Questions, 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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