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28th Annual HR Law & Solutions Seminar Goes Virtual

Members of Henderson Franklin’s Employment Law, Workers’ Compensation, and Business & Tax legal teams will provide insight and guidance for employers at the 28th Annual HR Law & Solutions Seminar taking place virtually on Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Click here to view/download the seminar brochure. Topics and speakers include:

Case Law and EEOC Update 2020

Panelists: Robert Shearman, Esq. (moderator), Kyle Dudek, Esq., and guest panelists Robert Weisberg, Esq. (Regional Attorney for the Miami District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) and Benjamin Yormak, Esq. (Florida Bar Board Certified Employment Lawyer, sharing a view from the Plaintiffs’ Bar)

HR is not for the faint of heart. The shifting sands of social norms and legal developments can make life difficult for even the most experienced HR professional. In this session, panelists will discuss recent decisions expanding sexual orientation and gender identity protections thus defining the scope and applicability of protections against religious discrimination. This session will address retaliation claims, review the status of pregnancy discrimination laws, and Equal Pay Act developments. Panelists will also answer questions and share tips to help businesses stay in compliance and reduce exposure to common employment law claims.

Paycheck Protection Program Update

Speakers Sara Qureshi, Esq. and guest speaker Kyle DeCicco, Senior Vice President and Senior Loan Officer for Sanibel Captiva Community Bank

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank secured over 750 Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program loans (“PPP”) totaling nearly $70 million for Southwest Florida businesses, independent contractors and nonprofit organizations. Business and Tax lawyer Sara Qureshi and guest speaker Kyle DeCicco will share practical tips and provide an update on PPP loans and forgiveness issues many businesses now face.

Workers’ Compensation Claims and COVID-19

Panelists David Roos, Esq., Russell Whittle, Esq., and Spencer Shaw, Esq.

Henderson Franklin’s Workers’ Compensation Team will address employers’ concerns whether contraction of COVID-19 would be considered a work-related accident for which compensation would be due. The session will also report on the unique circumstances for public safety workers and how the Florida Heart and Lung Bill may impact workers’ compensation liability.

COVID-19 Legal Issues

Panelists Scott Atwood, Esq., Katherine Cook, Esq., and David Ledermann, Esq.

Employment Law Group Chair Scott Atwood will help attendees understand the numerous new laws and regulations resulting in litigation under the Emergency Family & Medical Leave Act and Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act. He will also address common accommodation issues employers now face with an increased remote workforce and share practical takeaways to return-to-work issues. Katherine Cook will provide an update on whistleblower and OSHA claims, followed by David Ledermann, the newest member of Henderson Franklin’s Business & Tax team, who will address common benefit concerns employers are now facing with COBRA and 401(k) plans.


We are thankful for the support of Sanibel Captiva Community Bank and Norman Love Confections (gift sponsor) and BKS-Partners (lunch sponsor). Each attendee will receive a surprise gift via FedEx the day before, as well as a digital gift card for $20 for either UberEats or DoorDash for lunch. 

Continuing Education

This course has been approved for 3.0 PDC’s by the Society of Human Resources Management (“SHRM”).


Cost is $25 per person. Click here to register online. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with details to process payment.

For those attendees who had registered for the original March date and already paid the in-person registration fee of $65, a refund of the difference will be processed.


If you have any questions you would like the speakers to address, please feel free to email them to Gail Lamarche, Henderson Franklin’s Director of Marketing and Business Development at or by phone at 293-344-1186. She may also be reached for any registration or general seminar questions and assist in group reservations.

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