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Seminars scheduled on employment law

Southwest Oklahoma business people will have the chance to take advantage of a full day of seminars on employment law Wednesday.

 The goal of the Employment Law and Benefits Summit  hosted by the Great Plains Chapter Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)  is to provide high-quality information to local business owners, managers and human resource specialists at a reasonable price  and close to home. It's also way for the chapter to reach out to the business committee about the help that it can provide local businesses.

Chase Massie, the City of Lawton's human resource manager and the chapter's president-elect, said the chapter's monthly meetings and education sessions usually draw about 25 people, "but we still are fairly small, especially for a city the size of Lawton, and we would like to expand that."

It will be the first full-day event for the chapter, and Massie said it fills a need.

"A city of our size, we should have to go to Oklahoma City or Tulsa or out of state," he said.

Keynote speaker will be Greg Hawks of Edmond, a corporate culture specialist who has spent more than two decades mentoring leaders, developing teams, crafting culture and empowering employees. He'll be talking about the difference between employees and independent contractors.

Jim Foster of INSURICA said the difference is one many employers don't understand, but one that could cost them dearly if they make the wrong choice. 

"A lot of employers don't know what they don't know," he said. "What we're discussing are things that employers overlook."

In addition to the seminars  three of which will be presented by attorneys from the Crowe & Dunley law firm  the event will include a time for networking when participants can share their experiences, said Sunny Leavell, employment adviser at Great Plains Technology Center and the chapter's president.

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