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A Perfect Opportunity for Small Businesses on Oct 17

The Greater Memphis Chamber Small Business Council is excited to bring you the 2014 HR Legal Summit on Friday, October 17.

November of last year we debuted our first annual HR Legal Summit, a half-day workshop created for small business owners, managers and HR professionals to answer their questions on important human resource and legal topics. We gathered experts in the field and received both CLE and HRCI credit for the level of education we were providing our small business members.

In the end, we received incredible feedback from attendees, and the summit became our most attended event of the year. Through post-event surveys and social media posts, members raved about this worthwhile event. You can read their responses below:

"I loved the fact that it was for small businesses. I also worked in large business, 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." 

"Everything was wonderful and I was delighted to be a part of it."

"I liked the conversational format. I think people opened up more simply because you used the chairs as a visual rather than just a podium. I also liked the end when they all got up and we could ask questions. Well done!"

"I appreciated the opportunity to attend. The insight of how things work from everyone's perspective was really great to see."

You can also read attendees' tweets from the day:
This year the SBC Steering Committee worked to put together an even greater event. You'll have the opportunity to hear from top experts in their fields on important issues your business faces daily. And, the workshop is once again eligible for 3 hours of CLE and HRCI credit. Here are some brief descriptions of the topics that will be discussed as well as a list of speakers:

How to Manage the Sick Employee
Employers struggle with employees who often are late or absent. Excessive tardiness and absenteeism can be a drain on a company financially as well as due to the impact on employee morale. Outright termination may not be the solution due to the intersection of the many laws at play in this area. Through the use of practical, real life scenarios, our panel will lead the way through the pitfalls of this complex area.

Latosha Dexter, Rainey Kizer Reviere & Bell PLC
Mary Hamm, Burch Porter​ & Johnson, PLLC

Discipline, Discharge and Documentation
Employers often do not manage their employees out of concern for legal repercussions. This panel will discuss ways to deal with employee misconduct and poor performance without running afoul of the law. There will be ample opportunity for audience questions and participation in the discussion.

Kathi Kores, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
​Rodrick Holmes, Littler Mendelson, P.C.​

Pitfalls Involved in Compensating Employees
This can be one of the most expensive areas where employers can go astray. 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. These and other wage and hour pitfalls are the subject of this panel.

Jeff Weintraub, Fisher & Phillips, LLP
Dylan King, FordHarrison

If you're interested in attending to 2014 HR Legal Summit, you can register for the event here. Or, contact me at for more information. I look forward to seeing you there!

Amanda Edmundson
Project Manager, Member Services
Greater Memphis Chamber

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Public Relations
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Human Resources
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Design and Digital Strategy
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Labor & Employment Law
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