Seminars and Continuing Education

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Join us for our 2019 Employment Law Series where HSB’s Employment Law team will present a complimentary one-hour breakfast session each month on key employment law topics. Each seminar will provide a detailed update on the important issues and trends impacting South Carolina’s employers. Presentations will be live-streamed to our offices in Charleston, Columbia, Florence and Greenville each month so you can attend in the city of your choice.

Chris Gantt-Sorenson will kick off this year’s program on February 28th with a discussion on proposed legislation impacting South Carolina employers, including a primer on South Carolina’s Pay Equity Act, Lactation Support Act, Background Checks and Ban the Box legislation. Continue Reading New Employment Law Series Announced

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd announced that veteran labor and employment lawyer Lisa R. Claxton has joined the firm as Special Counsel in the Greenville office.

Lisa has extensive experience investigating, researching, analyzing and advising businesses on complex employee relations issues. She represents businesses in employment litigation before federal, state and local regulatory agencies in matters involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, failure to accommodate and wrongful termination. She is also experienced in governmental law, having established Spartanburg County’s first in-house legal department.

“We are very pleased to welcome Lisa to our team,” said Chris Gantt-Sorenson, chair of the employment law practice group. “Lisa bring years of experience working with employers and in the government arena.”

Lisa will serve as a contributor to the SCEmployersBlog and present at our upcoming Employment Law events.

Lisa earned her LL.M. in Labor Law from Georgetown University Law Center and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law and Meredith College. She is the Vice Chair for the Government Law Section Council of the South Carolina Bar and serves as the Spartanburg Interfaith Hospitality Network Chair.

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s Employment Law Group is pleased to announce the schedule for our upcoming Employment Law Seminars. HR professionals are invited to join us for a program that will cover a number of current topics in employment law. These complimentary seminars have been submitted for 3.0 hours of SHRM, HRCI and CLE continuing education credits.

Our speakers will present on the following topics:

  • Tips on Implementing a Different Approach to Harassment & Discrimination in the Workplace
  • Aging Workforce
  • Immigration Law Update
  • Critical Conversations: Employee Assistance Programs
  • Concerted Activity & Other News from the NLRB
  • Key Elements to Creating a “Culture of Safety”
  • Data Theft: What to Do When an Employee Steals Company Information

Join us for a seminar in a location near you:

October 23 – North Charleston
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Click here for agenda, details and to register.

October 24 – Columbia
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
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December 4 – Myrtle Beach
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
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December 5 – Florence (co-sponsored with Pee Dee SHRM)
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Click here for agenda, details and to register.

Please contact Keely Yates for additional information.

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s Employment Group is pleased to announce the schedule for our upcoming Employment Law Seminars.
HR professionals are invited to join us for a program that will cover current issues in Employment law in a fast-paced, plain-English way. These complimentary seminars qualify for 3.0 hours of continuing education credit with CLE, SHRM and HRCI credits available.

Continue Reading Join us for our upcoming Employment Law Seminars

Perry MacLennan, Chris Gantt-Sorenson and Denny Major
Perry MacLennan, Chris Gantt-Sorenson and Denny Major

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd recently hosted our annual Employment Law Seminars across South Carolina. These complimentary seminars educated Human Resource professionals on recent employment law updates and changes.

Here is a brief summary of the presentations from our seminars.

LGBTQIA: What Human Resource Professionals Need to Know by Chris Gantt-Sorenson

  • The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has already stated in dicta that it would recognize a claim alleging gender discrimination or harassment under Title VII for any employee who has been discriminated against on the basis of their gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or sexual preference.
  • OSHA states, “All employees, including transgender employees, should have access to restrooms that correspond to their gender identity.”
  • OSHA reports 22% of 700,000 transgender employees surveyed indicated they were denied access to gender appropriate restrooms.
  • OSHA’s Sanitation Standard 1910.141(c)(1)(ii) requires employers to provide toilet facilities that are close to their workspace for each gender. OSHA also issued guidance recommending that employers offer single occupancy, gender neutral facilities rather than gender specific. However, if an employer could not do so, OSHA advised employers should provide lockable stalls in each restroom.

Wage and Hour Update by Denny Major

  • The Department of Labor has issued a request for information to solicit input on the salary level test used to help determine if an employee meets the executive, administrative, or professional exemption for the FLSA’s overtime requirement. The DOL has indicated that it intends to use the comments to develop a new proposed regulation regarding this exemption. For now, the 2004 salary level test ($455/week) remains in effect.
  • In recent opinions, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is the federal court of appeals that covers South Carolina, has taken a fairly broad view of who is an employee versus an independent contractor and who constitutes joint employers under the FLSA. In a recent case, the Fourth Circuit, after examining several fact specific factors, determined that an exotic dancer was an employee of an exotic dance club rather than an independent contractor. In another recent case, it held that a general contractor was a joint employer over the employees of the contractor’s drywall subcontractor. While these are very fact specific inquiries, it suggests a trend in the way the Fourth Circuit is treating these cases.

Politics in the Workplace by Perry MacLennan

  • The Problem: According to a recent survey from BetterWorks, 50% of respondents have witnessed a political conversation turn into an argument at work (63% of millennials say the same). Thirty percent of respondents say they are less productive since the election due to the political environment. Employees are increasingly taking to social media to express their political beliefs and opinions, sometimes crossing the line into harassment and discrimination, or embarrassing the company and creating a public relations nightmare.
  • The Challenge: Foster a cooperative, productive, inclusive work environment that does not discourage workers from having their own opinions and does not create a workplace that feels more like a dictatorship than a democracy. Develop policies and procedures that strike a balance between being strong enough to justify discipline in certain situations, while not being overly broad, which are tough to enforce and could be illegal.
  • The Solution: Review your current policies and procedures (Social Media Policy, Code of Conduct Policy, etc.) to determine if your organization is compliant with the National Labor Relations Act and other laws governing the regulation of employee speech in the workplace. Make sure the policies emphasize mutual respect, civility, and productivity at work. Finally, include a reminder that anti-discrimination and other company policies apply to an employee’s outside activities, including social media posts.

Immigration Law Update by Garrett Steck and Suyash Raiborde

  • Immigration is seeing and will likely continue to see major changes under the current Administration.
  • Internal immigration compliance enforcement has increased in recent months.
  • The government may eliminate several visa programs, and significantly alter existing visa programs.

Recent Trends with the ADA

  • Both the EEOC and the US District Court of South Carolina have taken the position that an employee’s request for a service animal may be a reasonable accommodation under the ADA even though Title III of the ADA which governs employers does not specifically address service animals.
  • The failure to engage in the interactive process with the employee once a request for a service animal as a reasonable accommodation is made will most likely result in a violation of the ADA and subject the employer to liability for failing to engage in the interactive process.
  • The EEOC’s recent position on service animals as well as recent court decisions do not foreclose the possibility that the EEOC or the courts would find that an emotional support animal may be a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. If a request for an emotional support animal as a reasonable accommodation is made, employers should engage in the interactive process to determine whether the animal is reasonable under the circumstances.
  • Both the EEOC and the courts take the position that leave may be a form of reasonable accommodation under the ADA. Employer’s may have to modify existing leave policies to accommodate an employee’s request for accommodation.

DOR and the Unemployment Insurance Tax Rate by Demetrius Pyburn

  • Respond timely, adequately and effectively to SCDEW’s request for information regarding the reason the employee no longer works for the company.
  • Implement clear employee policies and keep records of any trainings, orientation and counseling.
  • Understand the Unemployment eligibility and appeals process to prevent improper payment and higher tax rates.

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Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s Employment Group is pleased to announce the schedule for our upcoming Employment Law Seminars.
HR professionals are invited to join us for a program that will cover current issues in Employment law in a fast-paced, plain-English way. These complimentary seminars qualify for 3.0 hours of continuing education credit with CLE, SHRM and HRCI credit available.
Our attorneys will present on the following topics:
  • LGBTQIA: What Human Resource Professionals Need to Know
  • Immigration Law Update
  • Politics in the Workplace
  • Wage & Hour update
  • Recent Trends with the ADA
  • DOR & the Unemployment Insurance Tax Rate
Join us for one of our seminars in a location near you:
November 30 – Hood Center, Rock Hill
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Click here for details and to register.
December 5 – Marina Inn Grande Dunes Myrtle Beach
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Click here for details and to register.
December 6 – SiMT Florence 
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Click here for details and to register.
Please contact Keely Yates for additional information.
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s Employment Group is pleased to announce the schedule for our upcoming Employment Law Seminars.
HR professionals are invited to join us for a program that will cover current issues in Employment law in a fast-paced, plain-English way. These complimentary seminars qualify for 3.0 hours of continuing education credit with CLE, SHRM and HRCI credit available.
Our attorneys will present on the following topics:
  • LGBTQ: What Human Resource Professionals Need to Know
  • Immigration Law Update
  • Politics in the Workplace
  • Wage & Hour update
  • Recent Trends with the ADA
  • DOR & the Unemployment Insurance Tax Rate
Join us for one of our seminars in a location near you:
October 24 – North Charleston DoubleTree Hotel
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Click here for details and to register.
October 25 – HSB Columbia Conference Center
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Click here for details and to register.
November 30 – Hood Center, Rock Hill
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Click here for details and to register.
December 5 – Marina Inn Grande Dunes Myrtle Beach
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Click here for details and to register.
December 6 – SiMT Florence 
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Click here for details and to register.
Please contact Keely Yates for additional information.
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s Employment Group is pleased to announce the schedule for our upcoming HR Law Updates.
HR professionals are invited to join us for a program that will cover the basics of HR law in a fast-paced, plain-English way. These complimentary seminars qualify for 3.0 hours of continuing education credit. HSB is an approved SHRM provider and HRCI credit will be available.
Our attorneys will discuss hot topics HR Managers are facing today: recent developments in immigration law, HR compliance, LGBT and the Fourth Circuit, Non-compete and non-disclosure agreements in SC, and more! We’ll also have an open Q&A session to answer your questions.
Join us for our spring seminars:
May 23 – The Bleckley Inn, Anderson
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Click here for details and to register.
May 24 – Greenville Marriott
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Click here for details and to register.
We will host additional seminars this fall – stay tuned!
Please contact Keely Yates for additional information.
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s Employment Group is pleased to announce the schedule for our upcoming HR Law Updates.
HR professionals are invited to join us for a program that will cover the basics of HR law in a fast-paced, plain-English way. These complimentary seminars qualify for 3.0 hours of continuing education credit. HSB is an approved SHRM provider and HRCI credit will be available.
Our attorneys will discuss hot topics HR Managers are facing today: FLSA Exemptions, EEOC Guidelines, Mental Illness in the Workplace, Immigration and I9 Compliance, Alcohol / Substance Abuse and the ADA, and more. We’ll also have an open Q&A session to answer your questions.

We are hosting this seminar in four locations this Fall:

November 1, 2016 – North Charleston, SC
8:00am – 12:00 pm
DoubleTree North Charleston Convention Center
Click here to view the event webpage and to register.
November 2, 2016 – Columbia, SC
8:00am – 12:00 pm
SC State Museum
Click here to view the event webpage and to register.
December 6, 2016 – Myrtle Beach, SC
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Myrtle Beach Marriott at Grande Dunes
Click here to view the event webpage and to register.
December 7, 2016 – Florence, SC
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Victor’s
Click here to view the event webpage and to register.
Please contact Keely Yates for additional information.

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s Employment Group is pleased to announce the schedule for this year’s HR Law Updates.

HR professionals are invited to join us for a program that will cover the basics of HR law in a fast-paced, plain-English way. These complimentary seminars qualify for 3.0 hours of continuing education credit. Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd is an approved SHRM provider and this course is approved for HRCI credit.

Our attorneys will discuss hot topics HR Managers are facing today: immigration, Affordable Care Act 1095 B and C Reporting, Mental Illness in the Workplace, Non-Competes/Non-Disclosure Agreements, Pregnancy Non-Discrimination, EBSA, and much more.

We are hosting this seminar in the following locations this Spring:

May 18, 2016 – Greenville, SC
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Greenville Marriott
Click here to view the event webpage and to register.

May 19, 2016 – Rock Hill, SC
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Hood Center
Click here to view the event webpage and to register.

July 13, 2016 – Augusta, GA
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Legends Club
Click here to view the event webpage and to register.

Please contact Keely Yates for additional information.