Business and Workplace Topics Committee

Chair: Terri DeBoo, Terri DeBoo Ideas@Work

Focus: The focus of this committee will be on topics such as healthcare policy, worker’s compensation, tort reform, judicial costs, human resources compliance, and other work-related issues.

Membership: Members are human resource professionals, small business owners as well as large employers. Membership is open to anybody who is an active Chamber member.

Meeting Dates: February 5, April 23, July 9, October 22, December 17. Dates are subject to change, please check back.

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Past Agenda Items:

  • February 5, 2015: The committee hosted Kevin Dalton, a partner with National Labor and Employment law firm, Fisher & Phillips LLP, who provided a practical guidance for hiring, disciplining and terminating employees without making a mess. Kevin spoke to the committee on ways to avoid mistakes often made in the hiring, counseling and firing of employees.
  • October 2, 2014: The Workplace Issues Committee heard from three representatives of the U.S. Chamber’s Workforce Freedom Initiative (WFI): Clark Thomason, U.S. Chamber Southeast Region; Glenn Spencer, vice president; and Ted Phlegar, senior counselor. The group has been traveling around the country to educate state and local chambers and business leaders about the impact of union activity on employers.
  • April 3, 2014: The Workplace Issues Committee learned about myths and best practices for non-compete agreements and trade secrets. Jeremy Stephenson from McNair Law highlighted that companies often take various strategies to protect their intellectual property, including written non-compete agreements, but other protections also exist under the law even without these type of agreements. Click here to view the presentation.


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