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    Annual WKHRMA Seminar

    Date: October 26, 2021
    The Rose Garden, 2350 E. 8th Street, Hays, KS 67601
    $75 WKHRMA Members; $90 Guests (non-members)
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    The Annual WKHRMA Seminar will be held on Tues., Oct. 29! Registration from 8:30 a.m.  - 9 a.m. Program from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 


    Please use this link to register for this year's seminar. Our registration deadline is Tuesday, October 19th at 12:00 noon.

    Presentation Topics

    Are Pants Required? Managing the Modern Virtual Workforce and Online Behavior

    We all know the modern workforce is more virtual and online than ever before. Virtual meetings are here to stay and social media platforms have replaced the traditional office water cooler, where employees now flock virtually to express their opinions, views and complaints. This session will cover helpful tips for businesses on how to manage employees’ online behavior, modernize employment policies, and legally enforce your workplace rules in a variety of virtual settings.

    Election 2020 Update: The Labor and Employment Landscape One Year Later

    It’s been just one year since the election, but what a year it has been!!! This session will cover the changes made by the Biden administration (and the anticipated changes on the horizon) in the labor and employment arena and the potential impact on your business. We will also discuss emerging trends in employment litigation and traditional labor law – and what you should be on the lookout for.

    Attracting and Retaining Top Talent: Tips for the Modern Workplace

    We will discuss current recruiting struggles that every employer is facing – labor shortages, creative benefits, remote work requests, among others. Bring your questions and experiences to share among your peers what is working – and what isn’t.

    Sex, Lies, & Investigate This: Conducting Effective Workplace Investigation

    A refreshed presentation that will explore some of the dos and don’ts of conducting effective workplace investigations. Issues discussed include conducting effective interviews, evaluating credibility of the parties involved, documenting investigation results, and mitigating risk of future litigation.


    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: Coming Soon

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