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Emerging Protections for Nursing Mothers in the Workplace

The Section is pleased to announce the publication of the following article in The Florida Bar Journal by Travis R. Hollifield: “Emerging Protections for Nursing Mothers in the Workplace.” Click here to read.

Medical Marijuana’s Effect on Employment Law: The Highs, the Lows, and the Unanswered Questions

The Section is pleased to announce the publication of the following article in The Florida Bar Journal by Gregory A. Hearing and Michael A. Balducci: “Medical Marijuana’s Effect on Employment Law: The Highs, the Lows, and the Unanswered Questions.”

Will Police Body Cameras be a Mandatory Subject of Bargaining in Florida?

The Section is pleased to announce the publication of the following article in The Florida Bar Journal by Gary E. Lippman: Will Police Body Cameras be a Mandatory Subject of Bargaining in Florida?.

Websites and Mobile Applications: Do They Comply with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act?

The Section is pleased to announce the publication of the following article in The Florida Bar Journal by Benjamin S. Briggs and Cynthia Sass: Websites and Mobile Applications: Do They Comply with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act?.

Ethical and Professional Practice Before the Bench: The Judges Speak (2365C)

The Section is pleased to announce a unique CLE opportunity. For this course, the Section has packaged the audio recordings from the two popular ethics presentations below. The course has been awarded 2.5 hours of CLE credit, all of which may be applied towards ethics credit.

Expectations from the Bench on Ethical and Professional Practice

Hon. Mary S. Scriven, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Tampa

Hon. Alan O. Forst, Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal, West Palm Beach

Practicing with Professionalism: A View from the Bench

Hon. Wendy Berger, Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal, Daytona Beach

Link Register here.

Extension of Time Granted to File Comments on Proposed FCRA Jury Instructions

The Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases filed its proposed jury instructions on the Florida Civil Rights Act with the Florida Supreme Court on February 23, 2016.  The Florida Bar News release is listed here, and the detailed filings to date are available here (See SC16-323).  Additional instructions for filing and serving comments (except as to the current due date) can be found in the news release linked above.

Since the news release was issued, the Executive Council of the Labor and Employment Law Section requested, and the Supreme Court granted, a general extension until June 1, 2016, for any interested persons to comment on the proposals.  At our Long-Range Planning Retreat and Executive Council meeting on May 14, 2016, the Executive Council also discussed whether the Executive Council should take any position with respect to the proposed instructions.  After debate and consideration of various motions, the Executive Council decided that due to the diversity of opinions as to the instructions, the Executive Council would not take a position as a group.  However, members of the Section are encouraged to review the proposals and file any comments you feel appropriate by the June 1, 2016 deadline.

Frank E. Brown, Chair, Labor and Employment Law Section

 

Practice “Toolkits” Available

The Membership Outreach Subcommittee is pleased to provide an additional resource for the Labor and Employment Law Section’s membership.  We will be publishing a series of practice “toolkits” authored by Section members and designed to provide a detailed overview of popular topics in the area of labor and employment law. The toolkits are not designed to provide legal advice but to acquaint you with an area of the law in which you may not be familiar.  Three toolkits are now available:

If you are interested in authoring a toolkit, please email Leslie Stein or Lindsey Wagner.

Disclaimer: The Section’s toolkits are a general practice resource designed for the Section’s membership.  While the authors have made every attempt to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, neither the authors, the Section, nor the Florida Bar provide any warranties, promises and/or representations of any kind regarding the accuracy or reliability of the information provided, nor to the suitability of the information to particular circumstances.  The individual authors, the Section, and the Florida Bar assume no liability for the results or consequences of the use or adoption of any of the information presented in the toolkits.

Proposed Florida Civil Rights Act Jury Instructions Submitted for Florida Supreme Court Approval

The Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases filed its proposed jury instructions on the Florida Civil Rights Act with the Florida Supreme Court on February 23, 2016.  Following committee practice, the instructions have not been formally sent to the Labor and Employment Law Section for review and comment.  The Florida Bar News release is listed here, and the detailed filings are available here (See SC16-323).  Since these proposals could potentially impact many Section members’ practices, I encourage you to review them carefully and provide comments if you think appropriate.  Comments are due to the Supreme Court by May 2, 2016.  Additional instructions for filing and serving comments can be found in the news release linked above.

Section Chair Frank E. Brown

“Gating” Through Wellness Programs Under Proposed EEOC Regulation

The Section is pleased to announce the publication of the following article in The Florida Bar Journal by Lowell J. Walters and Dennis J. Szafran:  “Gating” Through Wellness Programs Under Proposed EEOC Regulation.

Board Certification Awards

Nominate a certified lawyer or judge for the BLSE’s 2016 certification awards: The Justice Harry Lee Anstead Award for Florida Bar Board Certified Lawyer of the Year and the Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Board Certification

You or one of your colleagues could be among the distinguished group of lawyers who are previous recipients. The Anstead award recognizes exemplary professionalism, excellence, character and commitment to The Florida Bar’s certification program and to the practice of law. The excellence award recognizes excellence and creativity by a Florida Bar board certified lawyer or a law firm in advancing the
public’s knowledge of and appreciation for legal board certification. Applications are due May 6, 2016.

Please contact Rebekah N. Salter at (850) 561-5850 or rsalter@flabar.org for more information.

Nomination form for The Justice Harry Lee Anstead Award for Florida Bar Board Certified Lawyer of the Year.

Nomination form for the Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Board Certification.

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