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Supervising Snookie: Managing With Today's Cultural Influences

  • 11 Jun 2013
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Georgia Center UGA Campus


  • For non-members
  • Normal monthly meeting announcement

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Our next Athens Area SHRM meeting will be on Tuesday June 11, 2013 at the Georgia Center. Networking will begin at 5:30pm followed by dinner and our program.

Please register by Friday June 7th so that we can have an accurate count of attendees. If you have special dietary needs, PLEASE send an email to when you register so that we can give the Georgia Center sufficient notice.

Our June 2013 program will be “Supervising Snookie: Managing With Today's Cultural Influences” presented by Jonathan Martin from Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP. Mr. Martin is an entertaining and informative speaker; thanks to Earnesia McGuire for arranging this month’s presenter!

About the program: As modern "entertainment" becomes more obscene, judges and legislators are becoming more restrictive.  One employee may find "The Hangover" to be hilarious; another offensive.  Rap music stars, celebrity "housewives" and others make small fortunes engaging in distasteful behavior which is glorified on television, and the ratings go up.  Yet business owners are expected to ensure no one is offended in the workplace.   

Here's the workplace "reality" show:  What employees listen to, watch, download, and use to entertain themselves is in your workplace whether you acknowledge it or not.  The cost of making the wrong decision is a six figure lawsuit.  And, the long term business cost of unmotivated and unproductive employees is even higher - potentially even bankruptcy. 

Do you know what to do? Do you know how to address it? Do you know what questions are relevant, or even how to begin an investigation?  Do you even know what laws can impose great penalties on your company for what your employees find entertaining?   Do you know how to motivate and lead several generations of employees with different viewpoints, communication methods, and values?

If not, come join Jonathan Martin, a partner with the national labor and employment boutique, Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP and he will provide the answers.  He'll even entertain you while he's doing it.

Jonathan Martin is an equity partner with Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP.  Founded in Atlanta in 1946, Constangy, Brooks & Smith limits its practice to labor and employment law for management. 

A graduate of the Terry School of Business, University of Georgia, (B.B.A.- Banking & Finance, cum laude), and a graduate of the Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, (J.D., magna cum laude), he served as the administrative editor of the Mercer Law Review. 

Prior to being in private practice, Jonathan served as a military lawyer in the Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, where he also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney.  Jonathan currently serves as a JAG in the Georgia Air National Guard, where he holds the rank of Major.

Jonathan focuses his practice in employment discrimination litigation for management, defending corporations in law suits arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as related state laws.  Jonathan also represents management in traditional labor law issues under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and in wage & hour issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). 

The former chairman of the State Bar of Georgia’s Employers’ Duties & Problems Committee, and the former state-wide Chairman of the Georgia Department of Labor’s Georgia Employer Committee, (a public-private partnership representing over 1,600 employers) Jonathan conducts extensive management training on labor and employment law subjects for corporations and government agencies throughout the United States.  Jonathan also serves on the FMLA Subcommittee and the Labor Relations Committee of the United States Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

In 2006, Jonathan was selected as a “Rising Star” in the SuperLawyers® Edition of Atlanta Magazine.  In 2007, Jonathan was named one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s “40-under-40,” which recognizes “Georgia’s Best and Brightest – rising stars in business, politics, the arts, nonprofits and education.” In December 2012, Jonathan was awarded the Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® rating, the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability. This rating represents the pinnacle of professional excellence. It is achieved only after an attorney has been reviewed and recommended by their peers - members of the bar and the judiciary. In February 2013, Jonathan was named a “2013 BTI Client Service All-Stars.”  Of 307 lawyers nominated nationally by in-house counsel, Jonathan was identified as one of 28 labor and employment attorneys  who were “Client Service All-Stars,”  an honor reserved for those that set themselves apart by keeping a close eye on changing trends in the regulatory and legal landscape, and by paying attention to clients’ needs, according to the BTI Consulting Group Inc. (Wellesley, Mass.).


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