Melody Rayl and Lauren Sobaski from Fisher Phillips
present a day filled with information on navigating many of the challenges Human Resources professionals face in the changing world of employment law
8:30 – 9:00 am: Registration
9:00 – 10:15 am: Don’t Be Scared – Be Prepared: Violence and Bullying Issues in the Workplace. This presentation will provide information about the warning signs of workplace violence, the importance of addressing workplace bullying, tips for prevention and preparedness by the HR team, and reminders about the importance of training your employees regarding how to respond if the unthinkable happens.
10:15 – 10:45 am: Break
10:45 – 11:45 am: Drugs in the Workplace & Changing Marijuana Laws: Working Through the Haze. What does the increasing legalization of marijuana mean for your workplace and/or drug testing policies? Do you need to accommodate an employee’s use or possession of medical marijuana? This presentation provides employers with real world advice regarding the use and abuse of drugs in the workplace.
11:45 – 12:30 pm: Lunch
12:30 – 1:15 pm: You Win – I Win – We all Win! Creating a Culture of Inclusiveness. This session will discuss the effect of implicit bias on our best efforts to create a workplace culture of diversity and inclusiveness and suggest some ways to overcome the impact of bias and create a culture of inclusiveness within your workforce.
1:15 – 1:30 pm: Break
1:30 – 2:45 pm: Sex, Lies and Investigate This: Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations. This interactive presentation will explore some of the dos and don’ts of conducting effective workplace investigations. Issues discussed include evaluating credibility of the parties involved, navigating the politics of investigating a high level employee, and mitigating risk of future litigation.
2:45 – 3:00 pm: Questions and Wrap Up
(includes morning snacks and lunch)
$45.00 for early bird (deadline 9/13)
$55.00 for regular (deadline 10/04)
$65.00 for late
Melody Rayl is a partner in the Kansas City office of Fisher Phillips. Melody counsels and advocates for private and public-sector employers in all aspects of employment litigation and traditional labor law. Melody regularly advises and counsels her clients through difficult situations with an eye to preventing litigation before it occurs and provides training to supervisory and management level personnel on a variety of employment related topics. When litigation does occur, Melody works with employers in defending individual discrimination, harassment and retaliation litigation, as well as collective action wage and hour disputes and other employment class action litigation, from inception through resolution before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Melody also assists clients in opposing labor union organization activities and during collective bargaining negotiations.
Melody has been named a Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers Rising Star for six consecutive years. Melody has served her community as an elected official, having been twice elected to the Board of Trustees of Johnson County Community College. Prior to engaging in the practice of law, Melody served 6 years on active duty in the U.S. Army and 20 years as a law enforcement officer in a variety of roles. She also spent one year as a police advisor in post-war Bosnia Herzegovina, during which time she supervised the Internal Affairs Investigation Unit responsible for investigating allegations of police misconduct. Melody’s background provides her with insight into the unique culture of public safety organizations, as well as the ability to assist both private and public-sector clients in effectively investigating claims of discrimination and harassment.
Lauren Sobaski is an associate in the firm’s Kansas City office. She focuses her practice on employment discrimination and related litigation, employment law training, wage and hour law, and business immigration compliance. Prior to engaging in the practice of law, Lauren spent 15 years in human resource management. This experience gives her a unique insight into the employment law matters that are most important to her clients. Lauren’s significant career in human resources positions her well to work with her clients to identify and obtain practical business solutions to their toughest employment issues.
Lauren regularly advises employers with business compliance matters, including representing clients during government audits by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division (WHD). She also conducts I-9 and E-Verify compliance training, performs I-9 audits and speaks on workplace immigration topics.
Lauren is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), which is issued by the Human Resource Certification Institute, and a Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).
During law school, Lauren served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr. in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri. She also interned at the U.S. Department of Labor Office of the Solicitor, where she worked on OSHA and wage and hour investigations.
CERTIFICATION: The 2019 Fall HR Seminar will be submitted for pre-approval of HR (General) credit hours through the HR Certification Institute for credit toward PHR, GPHR, and SPHR recertification. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HRCI website at www.hrci.org. Central KS SHRM is recognized by the Society of Human Resource Management to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP, and this program will also be submitted for preapproval of PDCs.