Roundtable Seminars Schedule and Downloads

To access the downloadable files, please use the table below.

Date
Rountable Seminar
Presenter
Location
Time
Registration Links
09/08/2021
2021 Minimum Wage Increase...What You Need to Know
Rachel Comella, CertiPay VP of HR Sales
Zoom Call
2:30pm
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The change in the Florida minimum wage has the potential to impact business owners. In this roundtable, we will explore both the positive and negative impacts of a minimum wage increase.

Many opponents of the $15 minimum wage fear it will lead to job losses and business closures. However, proponents of the wage increase say that raising the federal minimum to $15 per hour will not only benefit workers, but it will also actually help small businesses by increasing consumer spending, lowering turnover and spurring better productivity and customer satisfaction.

By understanding the potential impacts and how to prepare for them, businesses can more easily plan for necessary changes.

10/06/2021
Conducting a Company Ethics Audit
Dr. Tracy Whitfield, Business Program Chair/Program Director for Keiser University
Zoom Call
2:30pm
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Conducting an ethical audit can be crucial in the detection of any impropriety that would otherwise go unchecked. This can include uncovering unscrupulous or illegal activity within your business, such as the unfair treatment of workers.

An ethical audit is not only to ensure that prohibited practices do not take place, but behaviors advocated in a company’s code of conduct, and within its written policies and procedures, actually exist in practice.

11/10/2021
The Importance of Hiring Military Veterans
Jeremy Sinnemaki,
Director of Veterans Employment and
Training Services
Zoom Call
2:30pm
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When employers hire veterans, they bring a different dynamic to the workforce. Veterans bring essential technical and interpersonal skills, discipline, leadership, loyalty, and many more attributes to a company’s workforce. The veteran mentality of “service before self” creates a success drive and exceeds beyond customers expectations. Veterans deliver expertise, on the job training, and advanced skills that could not be learned anywhere else. By hiring a veteran employers gain skillsets that include leadership, teamwork, honesty, and great decision making. They are model candidates for any industry or employer because of the great qualities they bring to the company. Employers also receive incentives from the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program when hiring unemployed veterans. This workshop will provide information on how and why to recruit and retain veterans as employees as well as the benefits and incentives employers gain when veterans are hired.
12/07/2021
Financial Literacy for Employees
J. Lenora Bresler,
J.D., CSP, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CVP
Zoom Call
2:30pm
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J. Lenora Bresler, J.D., CSP, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CVP, is a well-known leadership speaker, author, trainer, and coach and the author of several books including Instant Insight: 15 Questions to Great Relationships. A frequent speaker over the years for our roundtables, she was the originating executive director of Polk Works WorkForce 2020. After witnessing the negative impact employees' financial problems had on her corporate clients, J. Lenora became passionate about financial literacy. She is licensed in Florida for life insurance and varied annuities, and has her Series 6 securities license. Now she is on a mission to bring financial understanding to companies and their employees throughout Florida. J. Lenora says, "Unnecessary stress, distracted performance, and unwanted turnover can all be traced to financial ignorance, but there is a cure!"
01/26/2022
Vaccine Mandates in the Workplace
William E. Grob, Esq.
Zoom Call
2:30pm
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Bill Grob focuses his practice exclusively on labor and employment law representing management. He has served as lead trial counsel in cases in federal and state courts and has extensive experience as lead counsel in a variety of labor and employment matters, including numerous collective actions, involving wage/hour and overtime litigation, race discrimination, disability discrimination, leave issues and harassment. Bill also regularly enforces and defends non-compete covenants, litigates trade secret matters, including obtaining injunctions and TROs, and handles employment issues across the country. Bill serves as the Co-Chair of the firm’s Sports and Entertainment Practice Group, coordinating efforts and resources with attorneys across the country to serve clients more effectively and efficiently.
Bill also enjoys serving the legal and local community. In 2018, Bill was asked to serve as one of the only out-of-state members of the Georgia State University College of Law Board of Visitors and continues to serve in that capacity. Bill is the former Co-Chair of the Labor & Employment Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.
Bill is also a past recipient of the CareerSource Polk Workforce Champion Award — presented for improving the quality of workforce services in Central Florida.
02/10/2022
Benefits of Hiring Individuals Recently Released From Incarceration
Arethia M. Herring
Zoom Call
2:30pm
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Arethia relocated to Florida in 2012, and has worked in Case Management with various Government agencies for more than eighteen years. Beginning her career as an Intake Referral Specialist for the Child Protective Services in Summit County Ohio; to working as an Employment Security Representative for the State of Florida since 2016.

In her capacity as an ESR for CareerSource Polk, Ms. Herring has reignited interest in the agency’s “Re-Entry” Program by going to the Polk County jails, as well as in 2019 starting and overseeing a pilot program with Florida HIRES and the Florida Department of Corrections to provide employability and job readiness training to inmates housed in the State prison. This program provided weekly classes in basic computer operation, registering and navigating the Employ Florida site, submitting on line applications, resume writing and interview prep. As well as providing instruction in workplace etiquette, a good portion of the class time was dedicated to discussing the importance of having an employment and education/training plan. Prior to the Pandemic this program was successfully completed by more than 60 inmates. As well as assisting several walk-in customers with questions about employability and education with a background.

Upon release, several of the incarcerated participants followed up with Ms. Herring upon release and were able to complete WIOA funded training, obtain employment and most have continued to maintain employment and contact with Ms. Herring.
03/3/2022
Ageism in the Workplace
Lois Thomas and Jana Bauer
Zoom Call
2:30pm
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Jana Bauer is a passionate Florida Certified Workforce Professional (FCWP) and is currently the Vice President of Operations for CareerSource Brevard. The primary resource for workforce programs and services, CareerSource Brevard is the region’s convener of industry, workforce and economic development organizations directed at driving strategic participation in Brevard County’s economic growth. CareerSource Brevard brings stakeholders together to identify workforce trends and needs to design customized services for both employers and career seekers.

Lois Thomas is a Master’s level Florida Certified Workforce Professional (FCWP), Certified Business & Employer Services Professional (CBESP), and Certified Motivational Career Coach (CMCC) with strong business acumen in Career & Professional Development, Talent Acquisition, and Instructional Design & Facilitation.
04/7/2022
Diversity Training
Luther Wright Jr., ESQ.
Zoom Call
2:30pm
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After graduating from Vanderbilt University School of Law, Luther Wright, Jr. began his career with a general practice firm in the litigation section. He spent the first several years of his legal career practicing in the general litigation area before joining the Labor & Employment team. He has significant experience in the areas of labor and employment law, corporate business litigation and complex litigation, including class action and collective action lawsuits. He typically represents management in all forms of employment discrimination litigation, including litigation based on federal anti-discrimination statutes, state statutes and common law, violence in the workplace, Fair Labor Standards Act claims and independent contractor disputes. Luther is a member of Ogletree’s Diversity & Inclusion Practice Group and routinely provides timely client advice and guidance on diversity related matters.

Luther devotes a significant amount of his practice to day-to-day client advice, general supervisor/employee training, training and advising on diversity and inclusion issues and advising on workplace violence issues. Luther also acts as the Assistant Director of Client Training as part of the Ogletree Deakins Learning Solutions (“ODLS”) team.

ODLS provides employee and supervisor training in a variety of formats, including in-person training, training by webinar/webcasts and customized video training products.
05/18/2022
Understanding Workplace
Compliance Trends
Kristen Allman, ESQ.
Zoom Call
2:30pm
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