The Employment & Labor Law Section Council met this date via conference call. Participating members included Melissa L. Azallion, Michael D. Carrouth, Kris L. Cato, Molly Cherry, R. Hayne Hodges, III, Stephanie E. Lewis, Brian Lysell, Karen L. Luchka, C. Fred Manning, II, R. Al Phinney and Nekki Shutt. Representing Bar staff was Tara G. Caine.
Chairperson Manning called the meeting to order.
The first item of business was approval of the minutes from the March 12, 2013, meeting. Ms. Shutt moved approval of the minutes. Ms. Cato seconded the motion, and it was approved.
The next item of business was discussion on the FY2013-2014 Section goals. Mr. Manning briefly reviewed the FY2012-2013 goals and welcomed feedback from the Council. After discussion, the following goals were approved for the upcoming Bar year.
• Conduct a Section CLE at the 2014 Bar Convention. The Section will request that this seminar be videotaped and offered for CLE credit at a later date.
• Sponsor a half-day or full-day CLE in Columbia in May of 2014 that offers specialization credit.
• Continue to coordinate the NC/SC Joint Labor and Employment Law annual program. This program will be videotaped and offered for CLE credit at a later date.
• Continue to promote Employment and Labor Law specialization through communication to Section members.
• Continue to publish a periodic newsletter. In addition, and as a service to the members of the Bar and the public at large, the Section will make its newsletter available in an electronic format to all those who indicate an interest for the publication.
• Continue to strive to increase membership by offering one free year of membership to all new Bar members and compiling informational materials to be distributed at Bridge the Gap.
• Provide a discount to Section members on the Labor and Employment Law for South Carolina Lawyers publication and any additional updates.
• Continue to update members through the Section listserv and Bar Web site.
• Continue to invigorate the subcommittee structure, primarily by looking to the subcommittee chairs for substantive articles for the Section newsletter and assistance in locating speakers for Employment and Labor Law-related continuing legal education.
• Continue to honor a Section member for his or her meritorious service to the Section and practice of law by recognizing this individual at the Section midyear with the Distinguished Lawyer of the Year award.
• Reimburse registration fees, hotel expenses, and a per diem for the Section Chair to attend the annual NC/SC Joint Labor and Employment Law seminar.
• Take a constructive look at the NC/SC Joint Labor and Employment Law Seminar to determine how, if at all, it could be improved. To this end, the Section Council will survey the attendees. The North Carolina Bar Association will be kept abreast of any developments since it also has a substantial stake in the program.
• Continue to produce online CLEs and distance learning programs, including seeking volunteers from the Section to speak on topics that will be available for on-line CLE credit.
• Explore partnering with ABOTA or other organizations on a practice skills seminar.
Next, Ms. Cherry provided an update on the proposed statewide socials. She was to contact Bruce Miller who coordinated quarterly socials in Charleston regarding his interest in hosting an event in the fall. Ms. Shutt volunteered to coordinate an event in Columbia in the spring of 2014. Ms. Lewis was to explore options for the Greenville area.
Next was discussion on the 2014 Bar Convention scheduled for January 23-26 at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Mr. Manning announced that the seminar was scheduled for Friday, January 24th, 8:30-11:45 a.m. He provided a brief overview of the CLE. Ms. Caine stated that the Council luncheon was scheduled immediately after the seminar at the Jasmine Porch located in the resort.
Next was discussion on the Section Midyear Meeting. It was noted that a copy of the 2013 survey results had been emailed to the Council. Mr. Manning stated that the seminar was well received. He reported that Edward Rawl was to serve as the coordinator for the 2014 event, which was scheduled for Friday, May 16th at the Bar Conference Center. He welcomed suggestions for potential speakers and topics from the Council.
Ms. Lewis announced that the 2013 NC/SC Joint Section Conference was scheduled for October 25 & 26 at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston. She provided a brief overview of the agenda and encouraged members to attend. Ms. Caine stated that the Council luncheon was scheduled for October 25th at 12:15 p.m. at the hotel’s Swamp Fox restaurant. The Section annual meeting was scheduled for 11:35 a.m. on October 26th.
Next was discussion on the FY2014-2015 Council nominations. Ms. Caine stated that the Newsletter Coordinator and Distance Learning Committee Chair positions were vacant. She noted that she had received a couple of nominations and welcomed additional recommendations from the Council. Ms. Shutt volunteered to serve as the Distance Learning Committee Chair. Ms. Caine was to email a ballot to the Council.
Mr. Manning reported that Ms. Luchka had received only one submission for the fall issue of the Section newsletter. He encouraged the Council to submit articles for future issues.
In closing, Mr. Manning asked the Committee Chairs to provide a brief report on their Committees.
Labor Management Relations – Mr. Carrouth was to focus on recruiting additional committee members.
EEO – Mr. Lysell reported that he had scheduled a conference call with the committee to discuss their goals. The committee expressed interest in producing online Distance Learning CLEs, contributing to the Section newsletter, and assisting with proposed speakers and topics for the Section Midyear Meeting.
Immigration Law – Ms. Azallion stated the committee was to meet on a quarterly basis and expressed interest in coordinating networking opportunities.
OSH - Mr. Hodges was to focus on recruiting additional committee members.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.