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Minutes March 2012

The Employment & Labor Law Section Council met this date via conference call. Participating members included Melissa Azallion, Kris Cato, Molly Cherry, Debbie Durban, Julia Ebert, Amy Gaffney, Hayne Hodges, Stephanie Lewis, Fred Manning, Nekki Shutt and Shahin Vafai. Representing Bar staff was Tara G. Smith.

Chairperson Cherry called the meeting to order.

The first item of business was approval of the minutes from the August 8, 2011, meeting. Ms. Cato moved approval of the minutes. Mr. Manning seconded the motion, and it was approved.

The next item of business was discussion on the 2012 Bar Convention. It was noted that the survey results from the section seminar were distributed to the Council prior to the meeting. Ms. Cherry stated that the program was well received and thanked Ms. Cato for her hard work.

Ms. Smith announced that 2013 Bar Convention was scheduled for January 24-27 at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Mr. Vafai was to serve as the coordinator. He welcomed suggestions on potential speakers and topics. Ms. Smith asked if the Council was interested in offering members two complimentary registrations to the 2013 Bar Convention. It was the consensus of the Council to continue with the drawing. Ms. Smith was to relay the Council’s decision to the CLE Division.

Next, Ms. Cherry announced that the Section Midyear meeting was scheduled for May 18th at the Bar Conference Center. She provided a brief overview of the agenda and noted that the recipient of the Distinguished Lawyer award would be recognized during the luncheon.

Next was discussion on the Distinguished Lawyer Award. Ms. Smith stated the award packet was distributed to Section members. She stated that there were six candidates and that the Selection Committee was scheduled to meet on April 18th.

It was reported that the NC/SC Joint Conference was scheduled for October 26 & 27, at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. Mr. Vafai reported that he had met with the NC coordinators and discussed the proposed agenda. He provided a brief overview and asked for feedback from the Council. After discussion, the following proposed speakers and topics were suggested, Allison Haynes, privacy issues and Paul Platte and Chris Potts, wrongful termination. Mr. Vafai was to convey the Council’s recommendations to the NC coordinators. He stated that the Council’s suggestions may be better suited for the Bar Convention. It was noted that the Council decided not to host a reception/dinner but would schedule a Council luncheon during the conference. Ms. Smith was to research potential venues and report her findings to the Council.

Next was discussion on the Section Newsletter. Ms. Lewis stated that she had not received any submissions for the next issue of the newsletter and encouraged members to submit articles.

Ms. Cherry asked the Committee Chairs to provide a report on their committees.

EEOC – Ms. Ebert reported that some employers had requested that job applicants submit their user names and passwords for social networking. The EEOC and Department of Justice had called a federal investigation as to whether the practice was illegal under federal law.

Membership – Ms. Gaffney was to coordinate with Ms. Smith on member recruitment.

Specialization – Ms. Durban reported that the board was working on major revisions to the specialization exam.

It was reported that several members had expressed interest in becoming more involved within the Section. Council members were encouraged to contact them regarding their interest in serving on a committee or writing an article for the newsletter. Ms. Smith was to distribute committee sign-up information through the Section listserv.

There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned.