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Minutes March 2009

The Employment & Labor Law Section Council met this date via conference call. Participating members included Molly Cherry, Karen Haden, Amy Jenkins, Fred Manning and Chuck McDonald. Representing Bar staff was Tara Smith.

Chairperson McDonald called the meeting to order and moved approval of the minutes from the August 13, 2008, meeting. The motion was seconded, and it was approved.

The first item of business was discussion on the 2009 Bar Convention. Mr. McDonald stated that the Section CLE was well received and that the attendees were pleased with the speakers. It was noted that participants enjoyed the use of electronic polling. Mr. McDonald recommended that the Section host a seminar in conjunction with the 2010 Bar Convention and that the CLE include ethic hours.

Next was discussion on the spring Section seminar scheduled for May 7, 2009, at the Inn at USC in Columbia. Ms. Smith noted that registration information was distributed through the Section listserv. Mr. McDonald was to provide the introduction. He encouraged attendance and reminded the Council of the reception that followed the seminar. The Council asked whether the seminar was to be videotaped and if the CLE Division was to offer webcasts. Ms. Smith was to further research and report her findings to the Council.

Next, Mr. McDonald announced that the 2009 NC/SC Joint Conference was scheduled for October 23 & 24, at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston. Mr. Manning and Mr. Hagood were to coordinate the event. Mr. McDonald welcomed suggestions for potential speakers and topics. The following topics were suggested: FLMA, Employment Free Choice Act (panel discussion) and the Ledbetter Act. It was suggested that Peggy Mastriano provide an update on the EEOC. Mr. Hagood agreed to contact Ms. Mastriano. The seminar agenda would be finalized in May.

Next was discussion on the Section newsletter. Mr. McDonald requested that the Council submit articles for the spring issue. It was suggested that the deadlines to apply for certification in Employment & Labor Law be included in the next issue.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.