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RK Attorneys Edwards, Dietzen Speak At HR Professional Excellence Day

RK Attorneys Edwards, Dietzen Speak At HR Professional Excellence Day

Tallahassee office

Effectively managing human resources can be a daunting task for any employer.  Attorneys Linda Edwards and Leonard Dietzen helped shed light on important HR issues as featured speakers at a Human Resources Professional Excellence Day conference.

Bond acknowledges that keeping up with laws impacting an organization is a constant challenge.  The Tallahassee attorney offered valuable advice and provided HR professionals with the latest developments in employment law.

“The laws governing what companies can and cannot do are constantly evolving,” said Bond. “It is imperative that employers ensure they stay informed and remain prepared to meet new guidelines.”

Bond cited a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld a finding of retaliation against a female maintenance worker who had filed a sexual harassment complaint with her employer, a railroad company.  “Employers must carefully consider employment actions for employees who have filed complaints,” Bond cautioned.

Another issue gaining significant national attention is the use and regulation of email in the workplace.  Dietzen, a frequent lecturer on email liability, challenged employers to evaluate and revise their email policies.

“Studies have found that 50% of companies don’t have published policies on corporate email use,” said Dietzen.  “The first step toward protecting your employees and your company is putting a policy in place.”

RumbergerKirk was a platinum sponsor of the conference, which was organized by The Big Bend Society for Human Resources management and held at Tallahassee Community College’s Economic Development Workforce Center.

Conference attendees included human resources executives, professionals and staff supervisors, as well as small business owners from throughout the region.

Linda Bond Edwards and Leonard Dietzen are partners with RumbergerKirk, a law firm of trial attorneys representing clients throughout Florida, Alabama, and the southeastern United States.

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RumbergerKirk provides litigation and counseling services in a wide range of civil practice areas including products liability, commercial litigation, intellectual property, environmental, employment, insurance, professional liability, health care and administrative law. Offices are located in Orlando, Tampa, Miami, Tallahassee and Birmingham, Alabama.