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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.

LGBT, the EEOC, and the Meaning of “Sex”

The Section is pleased to announce the publication of the following article in The Florida Bar Journal by Shane T. Muñoz and David M. Kalteux: LGBT, the EEOC, and the Meaning of “Sex”.

Discovery in ERISA Cases? How Florida Federal Courts Are Changing the ERISA Landscape One Case at a Time

The Section is pleased to announce the publication of the following article in The Florida Bar Journal by Emilia A. Quesada: “Discovery in ERISA Cases? How Florida Federal Courts Are Changing the ERISA Landscape One Case at a Time.”

The Times Are Still a Changin’: Technology’s Continued Impact on Labor and Employment Law

The Section is pleased to announce the publication of the following article in The Florida Bar Journal by Gregory A. Hearing and Jeffery L. Patenaude: The Times Are Still a Changin’: Technology’s Continued Impact on Labor and Employment Law.

Public Whistle-Blower’s Act: The Fourth District Court of Appeal Continues to Follow Trend in Expanding Scope of Retaliation Claims

The Section is pleased to announce the publication of the following article in The Florida Bar Journal by Lindsey L. Dunn: Public Whistle-Blower’s Act: The Fourth District Court of Appeal Continues to Follow Trend in Expanding Scope of Retaliation Claims.

Volunteers Needed for ABA’s Annual Employment Law Trial Advocacy Competition

The ABA’s Labor and Employment Law Section is holding the Twelfth Annual Employment Law Trial Advocacy Competition for law students on November 21 and 22, 2015. This year’s Miami regional competition will be held in downtown Miami at the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center (175 NW 1st Avenue).

The competition needs judges and evaluators. Please consider volunteering if you are available to spend a few hours either in a morning or afternoon session on Saturday, November 21st or Sunday, November 22nd by serving as either a judge or evaluator. All judges and evaluators will receive 4 CLE credits per session.

Link here for the competition’s website for additional information.

To volunteer, please contact:

Jennifer T. Williams
Akerman LLP | One Southeast Third Avenue | Suite 2500 | Miami, FL 33131-1714
Dir: 305.755.5839 | Main: 305.374.5600 | Fax: 305.374.5095
jennifer.williams@akerman.com

Private Sector Florida Whistleblower Act Opposition Claims: Is An Actual Violation Required To Be Engaged in Statutorily Protected Activity?

The Section is pleased to announce the publication of the following article in The Florida Bar Journal by Carlo D. Marichal: Private Sector Florida Whistleblower Act Opposition Claims: Is An Actual Violation Required To Be Engaged in Statutorily Protected Activity?

Practical Implications of Murphy Oil on Employee Waivers: An Ecological Disaster or a Dissenter’s Pipeline to Freedom?

The Section is pleased to announce the publication of the following article in The Florida Bar Journal by Laura L. Mill: Practical Implications of Murphy Oil on Employee Waivers: An Ecological Disaster or a Dissenter’s Pipeline to Freedom?

 

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