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McAfee & Taft, PremierSource to Sponsor Employment and Benefits Super Conference

October 2, 2006

Current laws and trends affecting Oklahoma employers will take center stage at the Oklahoma Labor & Employment and Employee Benefits Super Conference on Thursday, October 5th, at the Cox Convention Center. Sponsors of the event are McAfee & Taft, the state’s largest law firm, and PremierSource, a market leader in employee benefits consulting.

The full-day conference is geared toward human resource and benefits professionals, Oklahoma business owners, and general counsels and will feature presentations from more than 20 different speakers representing the areas of law, governmental regulation and compliance, benefits consulting, and accounting. Featured outside guest speakers include Don Schooler, general counsel for the Oklahoma Department of Labor; James Neely, Jr., district director for the St. Louis district of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Donald Stevens, Oklahoma area director for the EEOC; Gary Cook, revenue agent for the Internal Revenue Service; and Debbie Smith, a partner with the Chicago office of Grant Thornton.

The conference’s employee benefits track will include panel discussions on the Pension Protection Act of 2006, preparing for a retirement plan audit, industry secrets for more effective health plan negotiations, and trends in medical plans. The labor and employment track will include presentations on Oklahoma’s labor laws, changes and new initiatives from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and guidelines for properly disciplining and discharging employees.

Keynote speaker for the event’s luncheon is Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr., an Oklahoma native who served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1985–1989 under President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush. The highly decorated retired military officer is also a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the country’s highest civilian honors.

The half-day program has been approved for 4.75 recertification credit hours toward PHR and SPHR recertification through the Human Resources Certification Institute.