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LUNCH Program - Annual Legal Update
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When: Friday, January 19, 2018
12:00 PM
Where: The Francis
1989 Palm Ave
Sarasota, Florida  34236
United States
Contact: Candice Smith Singh, 2018 Programs Director

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2018 January Professional Development Program


12:00 - 12:45am - Registration, Networking and Lunch
12:45pm -1:15pm - SHRA Business and Sponsor Announcement
1:15 -4:00pm - Presentation, Q&A, Wrap Up

4:00 - 5:30 Happy Hour

Approved for 2.75 general credits



Labor and Employment Law 2017 - A Year in Review

Looking back, 2017 was a year of new government, new interpretations of labor and employment laws, and news stories that made human resource professionals cringe.

Looking ahead to 2018, are you ready to face the new challenges?

Our panel of experienced employment lawyers will guide you through the latest labor and employment legal developments to help prevent or defend against employee lawsuits and stay out of the news. Throughout this high-energy, interactive program, the presenters will provide insights regarding compliance with changes in Florida and
federal employment laws. The session will also address current and complex federal agency initiatives of the DOL, EEOC, and NLRB. The lawyers will offer innovative strategies and solutions to HR problems.

Learning Objectives:
*Clarify new developments in labor and employment law and federal agency
initiatives affecting employers.
*Provide practical solutions and strategies to human resource challenges.
*Explain how to formulate and implement personnel policies and procedures to
comply with current laws and regulations. 


GAIL E. FARB is an attorney in the law firm of WILLIAMS PARKER in Sarasota, Florida. Williams Parker was founded in 1925. The firm focuses on employers, developers, high networth families, and nonprofits. The firm offers one of Florida’s largest trusts and estates
practices; tax and employment groups with significant depth; and accomplished real estate,
litigation, and corporate practices. For clients whose legal challenges involve matters in other states or countries, the firm’s membership in a global network of highly qualified law firms helps its clients secure the legal support they need virtually wherever they need it. Williams Parker takes great pride in its contributions to the community and ongoing investment in its

Gail advises private and public sector employers regarding preventive measures in
employment and labor law matters involving discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; wage
and hour issues; restrictive covenants; whistleblower laws; FMLA; labor relations; layoffs and
plant closings; USERRA; and OSHA. She balances business and local government needs with legal risks and defends single-plaintiff cases and collective actions in administrative, state, and federal court proceedings. Gail designs and revises employee handbooks and policies; reviews employment, restrictive covenant, confidentiality, severance, and settlement agreements; assists clients with employee hiring, promotion, accommodation, counseling, discipline, layoff, and termination issues; conducts workplace investigations; and develops corporate compliance
programs. She also represents management in alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation
and arbitration.

Additionally, Gail is a frequent lecturer and educator on labor and employment issues,
presenting seminars and management training programs for clients and employer
organizations, including HR Florida. She has also written several articles on labor and
employment topics.

A graduate of Duke University, Gail received her J.D. degree from Emory University School of
Law. She is a member of The Florida Bar and State Bar of Georgia and is admitted to practice
before federal and state courts in both states. Gail is also a member of the Academy of Florida
Management Attorneys and is the Immediate Past Chair of the Sarasota County Bar
Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section. She is also a longtime member of SHRA.
Contact Gail at


JENNIFER FOWLER-HERMES is Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Labor and
Employment law and serves as counsel at WILLIAMS PARKER law firm. Jennifer provides
guidance to private and public sector clients of all sizes regarding employment law issues,
including those arising under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age
Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor
Standards Act, National Labor Relations Act, the Florida Civil Rights Act, the Florida Uniform
Trade Secrets Act, Fla. Stat. § 542.335 (non-compete), Whistleblower/Retaliation laws (including workers’ compensation retaliation), and employment law torts. Jennifer represents clients in state and federal courts, and before state and federal agencies.

She is a member of the Academy of Florida Management Attorneys and currently serves on the
Executive Counsel of The Florida Bar’s Labor & Employment Law Section. Jennifer is currently
an officer of the Manatee County Bar Association, and from 2015-2017 served as a director of the Manatee Chapter of Florida Association for Women Lawyers. From 2011-2013, she served as Co-Chair of the Sarasota County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section.

Jennifer frequently lectures on labor and employment law topics and has written numerous
articles relating to employment law. She is the editor of and frequent contributor to the
Williams Parker Labor and Employment Law Blog. She is also a Florida Supreme Court
Certified Civil Circuit Mediator, and maintains a mediation practice adjunct to her labor and
employment law practice.
Contact Jennifer at

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