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    Annual WKHRMA Seminar (2020)

    Date: October 19-26, 2020
    The 2020 Annual WKHRMA Seminar is now a virtual event! A Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to the event.
    $45 WKHRMA Members; $60 Non-Members
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    The Annual WKHRMA Seminar will be held virtually on Monday, October 19, and Monday, October 26.  Sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at approximately 11:45 a.m. More details about the seminar coming soon!


    Please register using this link.

    About the Presentation

    Topics will include the following:

    • COVID related issues confronting employers
    • Dealing with unseen disabilities – mental health issues
    • Wage and hour issues
    • Legal update – EEOC updates, U.S. Supreme Court decisions, and recent focus of the plaintiffs’ bar

    Presenter Information:

    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.

    Annual Seminar Sponsors

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

    If you are interested in sponsoring our upcoming seminar, please email