April 2016 Membership Meeting

  • Wed, April 13, 2016
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Capital City Country Club
  • 17


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Join us for our April membership meeting, Check Me Out: Background Checks, Credit History Checks and Arrest/Conviction Discrimination, presented by Richard N. Margulies, Esq., on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 11:30am - 1pm at the Capital City Country Club. 

The movement to “Ban the Box” and prohibit employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s criminal history on employment applications continues to grow. This session will review the recent legal developments that will increase scrutiny of employers’ criminal background check policies and suggest strategies for dealing with these new constraints on the use of background checks.


  • To identify legal pitfalls that must be considered when conducting background checks on applicants, including the recent EEOC guidance regarding best practices for background checks.  
  • To provide practical tips to employers to assist them as they create and revise their policies and procedures.

Areas of Focus:

  • From application to offer: Best practices in hiring.
  • When is a credit history check appropriate?
  • Arrest and conviction records in hiring decisions.

This program has been approved for credit by SHRM and HRCI. 

Speaker: Richard N. Margulies, Esq.

Richard Margulies is the Managing Principal of the Jackson Lewis PC office in Jacksonville, Florida.  His entire legal career has involved the representation of management clients exclusively in employment related matters.  Mr. Margulies is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell and has been recognized in the 2008-2016 editions of Best Lawyers in America for Labor and Employment Law and a Florida Super Lawyer 2009-2016.

Mr. Margulies’ practice is concentrated in two primary areas.  First, he regularly counsels human resource professionals and in-house counsel on workplace related issues and compliance strategies, including the drafting of executive employment agreements, personnel policies, and separation agreements.  Mr. Margulies has extensive experience in advising clients on corporate reorganizations and in WARN compliance, having served as counsel for a number of the largest facility closings and reductions in force in North Florida in the last decade.

Mr. Margulies’ second area of focus is in the representation of employers before state and federal administrative agencies and in federal and state courts under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, ERISA, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as related tort, trade secret, non-compete and contract-based litigation.  Mr. Margulies’ representation has resulted in numerous published case decisions.

After graduating with honors from the University of Virginia in 1976, Mr. Margulies worked in the food service industry and owned a restaurant located in Charlottesville, Virginia.  He then went to law school and, after graduating from Stetson University College of Law in 1986, moved to Jacksonville. 

In order to receive a refund for your registration, it must be cancelled by Monday, April 11, 2016.

Cancellation notices can be sent to membership@bigbendshrm.org or treasurer@bigbendshrm.org

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