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47th Annual PELRF

October 14-15, 2021

47th Annual Public Employment Labor Relations Forum

Rosen Plaza, Orlando

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Now in its 47th year, the Public Employment Labor Relations Forum is the longest running annual seminar put on jointly by two sections of The Florida Bar. The PELRF focuses on the labor and employment issues that affect public employers, public employees and the unions that represent public employees. This year’s PELRF will focus on a number of hot topics in public labor and employment law.

Day 1: October 14, 2021

1:05 PM – 1:55 PM
Public Sector Workplace Investigations: Pitfalls and Practice Pointers
Deborah C. Brown, Brown Law and Consulting, PLLC, Tampa

2:00 PM – 2:55 PM
The Myth and Reality of Disciplining Police Officers
Lee Kraftchick, Labor Arbitrator, Miami 
Don Slesnick, Law Offices of Slesnick & Casey, LLP, Coral Gables
Leona McFarlane, Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office, Miami

3:10 PM – 4:00 PM
The Next Frontier in Public Employment Litigation
Gregory Hearing, GrayRobinson, P.A., Tampa

4:05 PM – 4:55 PM
Technology and Advocacy Tips: Making the Most of your Virtual Arbitration or Mediation
Renee Thompson, Upchurch, Watson, White & Max Thompson Law Center PLLC, Ocala
Liz McCausland, Law Office of Liz McCausland, P.A., Orlando

Day 2: October 15, 2021

8:55 AM – 9:45 AM
Representation Matters and Unfair Labor Practices under PERA
Gregg R. Morton, Public Employees Relations Commission, Tallahassee
Eddie Johnson, Public Employees Relations Commission, Tallahassee

9:50 AM – 10:40 AM
Employment Law Practice before DOAH
Hon. Robert Kilbride, Division of Administrative Hearings, Tallahassee
Tad Delegal III, Delegal & Poindexter, P.A., Jacksonville

10:50 AM – 11:40 AM
Eleventh Circuit Labor and Employment Law Update
F. Damon Kitchen, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, Jacksonville

1:00 PM – 1:55 PM
First-Person Perspectives:  Impasse Resolution Through the Special Magistrate Process
Jeanne Charles, J. Charles ADR, Fort Lauderdale
Jeffrey Mandel, Fisher Phillips, LLP, Orlando
Jennifer Okwabi, Public Employees Relations Commission, Tallahassee

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM
FRS and Pension Update
Glenn Thomas, Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A., Tallahassee

3:00 PM – 3:50 PM
Ethical Issues in the COVID Litigation Era
Richard Greenberg, Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, Tallahassee

3:55 PM – 4:45 PM
Collective Bargaining Strategies in a Post-Pandemic Environment
Mark Floyd, Mierzwa & Floyd, P.A., Lake Worth