Our first Annual Tampa Labor & Employment Law Seminar was a success, with more than 70 attendees! We anticipate growing the seminar in the coming years and will use your feedback to determine future topics and content. Thank you to all who attended.

Congratulations to our blog contest winner! You will receive complimentary registration to our 2019 Tampa Seminar.

  • Regina Speed, Palm Pavilion of Clearwater

Congratulations to our Tampa Bay Lightning tickets winner!

  • Rolando Jimenez, Tampa General Hospital

In addition to a number of essential concepts from our Miami Seminar (including the ADA, Sexual Harassment, the FMLA, and I-9s), our Tampa seminar included new insights and additional HR considerations.

TAX LAW CHANGES:

  • The rules for 401(k) loans and hardship withdrawals have changed. Employers who offer these features in their plans need to make sure they follow the “new” rules.
  • Tax reform has changed the tax treatment for many commonly provided benefits such as free food and free parking. Employers need to review their benefits offerings to make sure they are not impacted. Some of these benefits may trigger UBIT for non-profit entities.

LABOR UNIONS:

  • If you are fortunate enough to not have a unionized workforce, it is very important that you work hard to keep it that way. Once unionized, it will not only cost you significantly more in wages and benefits, it can cripple your ability to manage your business.

IMMIGRATION:

  • During the past eighteen months, the Department of Homeland Security has doubled the number of workplace I-9 audits. At the same time, Homeland Security has increased by approximately 45% the number of requests for evidence in connection with U. S. employer’s petitions on behalf of foreign workers, such as H-1B and L petitions.

WEBSITE ACCESSABILITY:

  • As the ADA expert in your organization, you are in the best position to talk with senior leadership about making your organization’s online application system and public website accessible to individuals with disabilities, particularly those who navigate with a keyboard (instead of a mouse) and screen reader software. If your online application system is not accessible, you will need to provide an applicant with a reasonable accommodation to complete the application. If your organization’s website is not accessible to disabled members of the public, some potential customers cannot use it, which can translate to lost sales or business opportunities or an ADA lawsuit in federal court.

Feel free to contact any of our speakers, Lisa Berg, Janet Goldberg McEnery, Andrew McLaughlinCarol Myers, Kara Nickel, Ingrid Ponce, Glenn Rissman and Rene Ruiz, with your follow-up questions. We look forward to connecting again soon!