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Greenville Society for Human Resource Management
Greenville, South Carolina


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GSHRM January 11 Membership Lunch Meeting

  • Wednesday, January 11, 2023
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Poinsett Club, 807 E Washington St, Greenville, SC 29601


  • For current GSHRM members.
  • For corporate group members only.
  • Registration Code Required. Contact administrator.

Platinum Sponsor

Scott Benefits is a division of Scott Insurance

Topic: Legal Update 2023

Speakers:  L. Grant Close III, Nexsen Pruet and Lucas Asper, Ogletree Deakins

Registration Fee: $25

Deadline: January 4, 2023

Learning Objectives: 

  • Discussion on current legal issues facing HR Professional today
  • Response to the mid-term elections and how that will affect the workforce, statutory or other employment law initiatives that are expected to be on the table for 2023
  • Current legal trends that will impact businesses in South Carolina

Speaker Bios:

L. Grant Close III
Nexsen Pruet

Grant Close is a Member in Nexsen Pruet’s Greenville, South Carolina office, where he helps employers navigate employment and labor laws.  Grant is experienced in defending employers against federal and state court lawsuits involving wage and hour matters, non-compete agreements, leave laws, employment contracts, and discrimination and harassment lawsuits. Grant has represented companies in class and collective actions claiming unpaid overtime wages.  

Grant advises employers on compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and other workplace laws.

Grant has experience in various industries including higher education, construction, health care, home health, retail, special purpose districts, and non-profit.

Grant also advises clients on Form I-9 and E-Verify compliance and audits by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.

Grant also represents clients in audits and investigations by other government agencies including the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), South Carolina Human Affairs Commission (SCHAC) and the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR).

Before joining Nexsen Pruet, Grant was a Partner with a national labor and employment law firm's Spartanburg, South Carolina office, where he practiced for more than a decade.

Grant received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Wofford College before receiving his J.D. from the Charleston School of Law.

Lucas Asper
Ogletree Deakins

Lucas Asper is an attorney in the Ogletree Deakins’ Greenville, South Carolina office.  Mr. Asper represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law, including:

  • federal and state litigation involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, protective covenants, and breach of employment agreements
  • preventive employment and labor law advice, including addressing matters under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
  • employee relations
  • drafting, reviewing, and advising on employment-related policies, procedures, agreements, handbooks, and manuals
  • training on positive employee relations, union avoidance, and other aspects of labor and employment law

Lucas is a native of Omaha, Nebraska, and has lived in South Carolina since 1990.  He graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina in 2004, where he majored in Sociology.  In 2008, he graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he served as Associate Editor-in-Chief of the South Carolina Law Review and was a member of the Order of Wig and Robe.  Upon graduating from law school, Lucas was one of three students awarded the Compleat Lawyer Award by the University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Association. Prior to law school, Lucas served as a project manager for a lumber supply company/building components manufacturer in Columbia, South Carolina, where Lucas managed numerous multi-family and single-family construction projects


HR Certification Credit: GSHRM is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities. This program is pending for 1 hour of SHRM re-certification credit and 1 hour of HRCI General re-certification credit. Certificates will be emailed to those in attendance after the meeting along with a Feedback Survey.

Poinsett Club Dress Code: Business casual. For gentlemen, a necktie is not required. Ladies shall dress appropriately. No jeans, shorts, or tennis shoes will be allowed. Cell phone use is not allowed in the Club.

Solicitation at Meetings: With the exception of our meeting sponsor(s), GSHRM enforces a no solicitation policy at meetings. View the policy here.

Accommodations: Please indicate any special accommodations or dietary restrictions on your reservation form, or contact by the registration deadline.

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations after the deadline date are subject to the meeting fee payment. Please direct changes or questions to


Mailing Address:

PO Box 5202

Greenville, SC 29606

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