Audio CD + Course Book

Human Resource Law from A to Z

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

March, 2018

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Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • FL CLE - 14.50
From Event: Human Resource Law from A to Z, held March 2018.

Program Description

Get a handle on the complicated issues that arise in the day-to-day operations of any human resources department! Obtain information on all of the hot-button issues that every HR professional should know, not only to avoid lawsuits, but to ensure that all employees are happy and productive. Experienced faculty will show you how to handle such issues as employee leaves, problem behaviors in the workplace, and what essential information should be included in employee handbooks. Don't miss out on this crucial human resource information - order today!

Course Content


  1. Employment Law Update
  2. Legal Issues in Recruiting and Hiring
  3. Imperative Information That Every Employee Handbook Should Contain
  4. Wage and Benefits Issues
  5. FMLA and Other Leave Issues
  6. Controlling Unemployment Compensation Costs


  1. Workers' Compensation Basics
  2. Workplace Behavioral Issues: Appropriately Handling Thorny Situations
  3. Workplace Privacy and Employee Monitoring
  4. Workplace Violence Prevention
  5. Discrimination and Harassment
  6. Disciplining and Firing Employees

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 14.50 FL - Credit Approval Expiration 09/21/2019 *

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered


  1. Employment Law Update
    9:00 - 10:00, Brooke Ehrlich
    1. The Affordable Care Act: The Latest Developments
    2. Same-Sex Benefits Update
    3. Immigration Reform: What Businesses Need to Understand
    4. Other State and Federal Updates
  2. Legal Issues in Recruiting and Hiring
    10:15 - 11:15, Brooke Ehrlich
    1. Creating Legally Effective Job Descriptions
    2. Writing Job Offers and Rejection Letters That Repel Lawsuits
    3. Legal Aspects of Gaining Information Through Criminal Background Checks and Social Media Accounts
    4. Drafting Employment Contracts
  3. Imperative Information That Every Employee Handbook Should Contain
    11:15 - 12:15, Ronald J. Cohen
    1. Necessary Disclaimers and Employee Classifications
    2. Laws and Policies to Include
    3. Parameters of Employment to Address
    4. Drafting Responsible Social Media Policies
  4. Wage and Benefits Issues
    1:15 - 2:15, Ronald J. Cohen
    1. Employee Benefits and the Laws That Govern Them
    2. Navigating the Maze of FLSA Requirements
    3. Common Wage and Hour Traps
    4. Part-Timers, Temps, Interns and Employer Obligations
  5. FMLA and Other Leave Issues
    2:30 - 3:30, Scott M. Behren
    1. Applicable Laws: The FMLA, the ADA and their Interconnection
    2. Laws Governing Military Leave
    3. Creating Effective Leave Policies
    4. Solving Complex Leave Issues
  6. Controlling Unemployment Compensation Costs
    3:30 - 4:30, Scott M. Behren
    1. General Rules on Who is Entitled to Unemployment Compensation
    2. Key Information to Present Regarding the Initial Claim
    3. When is it Important to Fight an Unemployment Compensation Claim
    4. What You Need to Know About the Hearing Process
    5. Traditional Ways to Manage Unemployment Compensation Costs


  1. Workers' Compensation Basics
    9:00 - 10:00, Michele E. Ready
    1. Essential Policies and Protocols to Have in Place
    2. Determining Reasonable Accommodations for Injured Workers
    3. Issues with Compliance with Florida's Workers' Compensation Laws
  2. Workplace Behavioral Issues: Appropriately Handling Thorny Situations
    10:15 - 11:15, Kathleen M. Bonczyk
    1. Psychological Issues
    2. Drug and Alcohol Use
    3. Off-Duty Behaviors and Activities
    4. Workplace Violence: Harassment, Bullying and More
  3. Workplace Privacy and Employee Monitoring
    11:15 - 12:15, Kathleen M. Bonczyk
    1. Workplace Searches: From Desks to Smartphones
    2. Keeping Tabs on Workplace Communication and Computer Use
    3. Surveillance of Employees and Workplace Investigations
  4. Workplace Violence Prevention
    1:15 - 2:15, Kathleen M. Bonczyk
    1. Scope of the Problem
    2. Strategies to Spot and Stop Violence
    3. Risk Mitigation
  5. Discrimination and Harassment
    2:30 - 3:30, Holly Griffin
    1. Key Laws to Know
    2. Properly Managing Complaints
    3. Keeping Records of Incidences
    4. Discrimination and Harassment Prevention
  6. Disciplining and Firing Employees
    3:30 - 4:30, Holly Griffin
    1. Proactive Discipline Policies and Comprehensive Approaches to Discipline
    2. Determining When Employee Discharge is Appropriate
    3. Using Employee Evaluations to Reduce Liability When Firing Problematic Workers
    4. Discharge Letters, Waivers and Releases

SCOTT M. BEHREN is the principal attorney in the Behren Law Firm in Westin. Since 1993, Mr. Behren has practiced in the areas of commercial litigation and employment law throughout the state of Florida. He has written articles for local publications, and has spoken on employment law issues for both the National Employment Lawyers Annual Convention and conferences of the Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association. Mr. Behren has also spoken on business law issues such as the breakup of closely held corporations (termed by Mr. Behren as the "business divorce"), and has presented several seminars on limited liability companies in Florida. He earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Muhlenberg College; and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami, College of Law. Mr. Behren is a member of The Florida Bar, Broward County Bar Association, National Employment Lawyers Association, and the Florida Chapter of National Employment Lawyers Association.

KATHLEEN M. BONCZYK is an attorney, writer, consultant and educator who is licensed to practice in New Jersey and Florida. She has advised, coached, and consulted with clients in the United States and elsewhere on business matters. Ms. Bonczyk is the founder of the Workplace Violence Prevention Institute which includes a "think tank" composed of multi-disciplinary professionals who collaborate to address the growing concern of workplace violence in all of its forms, from bullying to assaults to murder. OSHA conservatively estimates approximately 2,000,000 Americans are victims of workplace violence each year. The WVPI believes the risk of workplace violence can be minimized if preventative and proactive prevention systems are implemented. She is an advisor to the New Jersey non-profit organization "Bianca's Kids," which grants wishes to children in need. Ms. Bonczyk earned her M.B.A. degree from Florida Atlantic University and her J.D. degree from Nova Southeastern University.

RONALD J. COHEN is a partner in the law firm of Rice Pugatch Robinson Storfer & Cohen, P.L.L.C. Mr. Cohen is certified by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education as a specialist in labor and employment law and is certified by the FPPTA as a certified public pension trustee. Since 1977, he has practiced in the areas of labor relations, employment arbitration, employee benefits, civil rights, employment litigation, employment contracts, arbitration, public pension, and local government. He currently devotes his practice to employee benefits, employee rights, and fiduciary responsibility. Mr. Cohen represents numerous government pension plans as general counsel and has served as counsel on special projects to government pension plans. He has extensively litigated matters involving public pensions, including Chapter 112, Part VII, fiduciary responsibility and contractual issues with vendors. He regularly lectures on subjects such as Chapter 112, Part VII, Chapters 175 & 185, deferred retirement option plans (“DROP”), disability law, fiduciary responsibility, and domestic relations issues as it relates to public pension plans. Mr. Cohen is a member of the American Bar Association, including sections on Labor and Employment Law and Litigation, and The Florida Bar’s sections on Labor and Employment Law and Local Government Law. He earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, at the University of Florida and his J.D. degree at the University of Miami School of Law.

BROOKE EHRLICH is an attorney with Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, P.L., where she practices in the areas of employment litigation, labor law, commercial litigation, and appellate law. Ms. Ehrlich handles discrimination charges and lawsuits brought against public and private entities pursuant to state and federal anti-discrimination and wage and hour laws, including Title VII, the FLSA, the ADEA, the Florida Civil Rights Act, and the Florida Whistle-blower’s Act. She advises local governments and corporate clients with respect to employee discipline, retention and termination, employment manuals and policies, and contract interpretation. Ms. Ehrlich is a member of The Florida Bar. She received her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Nova Southeastern University Law School; and graduated, magna cum laude, from Rollins College.

HOLLY GRIFFIN is an attorney in the employment law practice group at Gunster Law in West Palm Beach, where she is also a member of the firm’s Women’s Leadership Forum. Her practice focuses primarily on counseling clients, from small businesses to large institutions, in every day employment matters. She helps employers protect their interests by preparing and updating employment forms, policies and procedures to comply with state and federal law, including employee handbooks, employment applications and employment related agreements. Ms. Griffin is available to provide advice and counsel for employment matters as they arise, including questions related to employee classifications under wage and hour law, employee requests for disability accommodations, employee requests for leave, employee complaints of discrimination or harassment, or questions related to hiring or firing an employee. When an employee alleges violations of state or federal law, she represents employers before state and federal investigatory agencies and in court. Ms. Griffin graduated from the University of West Florida, with a B.A. degree and from the University of West Florida, magna cum laude, with her J.D. degree. She is admitted to The Florida Bar and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida.

MICHELE E. READY is a partner with Walton Lantaff Schroeder + Carlson LLC. Her primary area of practice is insurance defense and appeals, including an emphasis on Medicare secondary payer compliance. Ms. Ready has lectured throughout the state of Florida on Medicare secondary payer compliance issues. She was invited to participate in panel discussions presented at the Florida Workers' Compensation Institute, 2010 and 2011 conference in Orlando, Florida, as well as at the American Bar Association's Standing Committee's Legal Professional Liability 2010 conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. In 2013, Ms. Ready spoke on a national panel of experts at the annual education conference of NAMSAP in Baltimore, Maryland and in 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She earned her B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from The Ohio State University and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

FL CLE: 14.50 Credit Approval Exp
Includes - Labor and Employment: 14.50
Approved by The Florida Bar, this program may qualify for up to 14.5 general hours of CLER self-study credit including 0.0 hour of self-study ethics credit. Certification: 14.5 hours - Labor and Employment.

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