HR Law & Solutions Seminar

Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa
Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Henderson Franklin's Employment, Immigration, and Workers' Compensation legal teams will return to the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Myers on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 to present the 23rd Annual HR Law & Solutions seminar tailored to business owners and human resource professionals.

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7:15 a.m.  Registration and Continental Breakfast 

8:15 a.m. Opening Remarks presented by John Potanovic, Jr., Esq.

8:30 a.m. Legislative and Case Law Update. Attorneys Robert Shearman and Vicki Sproat will provide an interactive update on notable court decisions, including cases addressing contentious employment policies and contract provisions, and other noteworthy employee claims.

10:00 a.m. A View From the C-Suite. For many HR professionals, winning the respect of the C-Suite can be an uphill battle, despite most CEOs agreeing “people” are a company’s most important asset. Moderated by Attorney John Potanovic, this session is designed to give attendees insight on key HR issues and strategies from the CEO and C-Suite perspective. Local executives will share thoughts on how better to communicate with senior leadership; what top HR executives do differently to ensure a place at the strategy table; ideas HR professionals can use to build credibility and increase their value; and best practices for dealing with tough workplace issues. Panelists include: Samira Beckwith, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hope Healthcare Services; Peter Dys, President and Chief Executive Officer, Shell Point Retirement Community; Larry Hart, Lee County Tax Collector; Gail Markham, President, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company; and Sara Stensrud, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Chico’s FAS Inc.

11:15 a.m. What Would You Do? The legal issues facing HR professionals on a daily basis are many, and the ever-evolving nature of employment law can make management and prevention of problems difficult. Early recognition of issues and swift problem solving is key to reducing a company’s exposure to the many employment claims so prevalent today. This interactive session presented by Attorneys Suzanne Boy and John Potanovic will share thought provoking real-life scenarios and help attendees identify and resolve issues involving disability/medical leave, wage/hour, retaliation, and LGBT related matters.

1:45 p.m. Discovering Your WHO: Unifying the Workplace Through Effective Communication and Leadership presented by keynote guest speaker Stephen Bienko. Perseverance and life passion are keys to employee success. In addition to practical guidance from their HR experts, employees need partners who instill in them a strong sense of purpose. HR participants will gain a renewed appreciation for their role as employee and company leaders, as well as learn practical ways to help motivate and inspire the employees they work with.

3:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions. Following the keynote address, Henderson Franklin’s employment law, immigration, and workers’ compensation attorneys will break out in smaller groups to facilitate discussions and give attendees an opportunity to gain more information on specific topics of interest to them and answer any legal questions on any aspect of laws and issues impacting their workplace. More specifically:

  • Employment Law Attorneys John Potanovic, Suzanne Boy, Vicki Sproat, and Bob Shearman will address: LGBT issues in the workplace; managing leave challenges under the FMLA and ADA; and proposed wage hour legislation and rule changes.
  • Immigration Attorney Tulio Suarez will address what the President’s recent Executive Order announcement means for employers; and the latest developments and trends in I-9 and E-Verify compliance.
  • Workers Compensation Attorneys David Roos and Michael McCabe will address pending Florida Supreme Court cases regarding constitutional challenge to the attorney’s fee statute; claims exposure analysis if the Florida Supreme Court expands the period of temporary benefits in Westphal v. City of St. Petersburg; and HR concerns regarding post-2010 case law, which has resulted in increased exposure for employers.

Continuing Education

This program has been approved for 5.5 HR (General) from the HR Certification Institute, and the session titled, "A View from the C-Suite," has been awarded 1.0 Business credit. The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program.  It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has approved this course for 5.75 PDCs.

Conference Partners

We thank AGIS Network and LTC Solutions, our breakfast sponsor, and Lykes Insurance, our lunch sponsor!

We are pleased to present HR Law & Solutions in partnership with HRMA of Southwest Florida, Charlotte County SHRM and HR Collier.

Please be sure to visit our table sponsors, the Southwest Florida Chapter of RIMS and Keynote Speaker, Author and Consultant Paul Macleish.

Registration fee is $30 per person and includes a continental breakfast, plated lunch, seminar materials and valet parking. To pay by credit card using PayPal, visit 

Questions? Please contact Gail Lamarche via phone 239-344-1186 or via email at

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