The Chamber Hosts 2nd Annual HR/Legal Summit

Release date: 10/9/2014

Memphis, Tenn.— The Greater Memphis Chamber will host the HR/Legal Summit on October 17th from 7:00 am—11:30 am. The Summit will consist of three panels with experts giving advice on common workplace issues.
“This summit is the perfect opportunity for small to mid-sized businesses to learn about workplace issues they deal with every day,” said Amy Daniels, Sr. Vice President of Membership & Communications, Greater Memphis Chamber. “Whether you’re a small mom and pop business trying to make payroll every month or a fast-paced firm with 100 people to look after, there is a panel here for you to help save your business money and keep you in-the-know on important HR laws.” 

The Summit sponsors include Independent Bank, C Spire, Yuletide Office Solutions, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Ford Harrison, Summerfield Associates, Margulies Employment Law Consulting, HR Professionals Magazine and Hilton Memphis. Partners include: Memphis Bar Association, Better Business Bureau and SHRM Memphis.
This is the second year the Chamber has hosted the HR/Legal Summit and an attendee last year stated:

"I loved the fact that it was for small businesses. I also worked in large business with over 1,000 employees, heading an HR department, and the two can be night and day as to what is expected. I also liked the fact that this includes other people beyond HR." 
2014 Panels:

  • How to Manage Regularly Sick or Absent Employees

Excessive tardiness and absenteeism can be a drain on a company financially as well as impact employee morale.
Latosha Dexter, Rainey Kizer Reviere & Bell PLC
Mary Hamm, Burch Porter​ & Johnson, PLLC

  • Discipline, Discharge and Documentation

This panel will discuss ways to deal with employee misconduct and poor performance without running afoul of the law.
Kathi Kores, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
​Rodrick Holmes, Littler Mendelson, P.C.​

  • Pitfalls Involved in Compensating Employees

Improperly classifying employees as independent contractors or as exempt for the wage and hour laws can cost employers double back pay and get them in trouble with the IRS.
Jeff Weintraub, Fisher & Phillips, LLP
Dylan King, FordHarrison


The cost is $60 for attendees. An attendee can receive CLE certification for $110 (includes cost of attendance and certificate). For more information or to register, visit


The Greater Memphis Chamber has been the lead economic development organization for Memphis/Shelby County, and is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 2,400 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals.

Christina Meek