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    Annual WKHRMA Seminar

    Date: October 23, 2018, 8:30am – 3:00pm
    The Robbins Center, One Tiger Place, Hays, KS 67601-3767 (Located North of the Gross Memorial Coliseum)
    $65 WKHRMA Members; $80 Non-Members
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    The Annual WKHRMA Seminar will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Robbins Center located on the campus of Fort Hays State University.  Doors open and registration will begin at 8:30am. 


    Registration is required - Please click on this link to register here!

    Member Meeting Sponsors

    Thank you to the following sponsors for your generous donations. Your kindness helps us make our meetings successful.

    Meeting Sponsors: Hays Area Chamber of Commerce, Werth Wealth Management,  Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Management Development Center (MDC) at Fort Hays State University, BCBS of KS, and Freedom Claims Management, Inc. 

    About the Presentation

    • #MeToo and #TimesUp – What Does it All Mean for Employers?  We are all too aware of the recent avalanche of sexual harassment allegations against prominent individuals and the groundswell of reaction in social media.  Traditional approaches to preventing sexual harassment in the workplace have not always proven effective – and the EEOC is advocating change.  What do you need to know about conducting effective training and investigations to minimize the possibility of ending up on the wrong side of salacious allegations of improper workplace conduct.
    • Don’t Be Scared – Be Prepared!  Violence Issues in the Workplace.  Violence in the workplace continues to happen at an alarming rate.  Know what you should be doing now to ensure you and your employees are prepared should the unthinkable occur at your place of business.
    • The Collision of MySpace, Your Space and Our Space!  What Employers Need to Know.  The prevalence of social media is all around us – and the workplace is no exception.  How can you effectively address use of social media by your employees and to what extent should you be using social media to “research” your own employees and job applicants?
    • Handling Employees with Disabilities – Beyond the Basics.  Dealing with employee disability and leave issues are often the most common source of uncertainty for employers.  This segment walks through a series of frequently encountered issues and provides practical advice for making sure you are effectively and properly handling these often challenging situations.

    About the Presenters

    Melody Rayl

    Melody Rayl is a partner in the Kansas City office.  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 seven consecutive years.  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 the ability to assist both private and public-sector clients in effectively investigating claims of discrimination and harassment.

    Lauren Sobaski 

    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, drafting policies and procedures, and wage and hour law.

    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. Most recently, Lauren was a human resource consultant at Paychex, where she provided human resource management to 75 businesses operating in 20 states. 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 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 United States District Court, Western District of Missouri. She also interned at the United States Department of Labor Office of the Solicitor, where she worked on OSHA and wage and hour investigations.