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    Annual WKHRMA Seminar

    Date: October 26, 2022
    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 Wednesday, October, 29th! Registration from 8:30 a.m.  - 9:00 a.m. Program from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 


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

    Presentation Topics

    Extra! Extra! The Latest News from Courts, Regulators and Litigants!  This session will address key federal and Kansas court decisions from the past year that affect employers, with lessons learned and best practices going forward.  We will also take a look at litigation trends and regulatory changes that will inform your decisions into 2023.

    Diagnose This! 2022 Leave Law Trends. In 2022, who doesn’t have a diagnosis? Whether its stress, anxiety, PTSD, or long COVID, employers are facing new waves of employee diagnosis. Employers are left to untangle the complex web of ADA, FMLA, and Workers Compensation and state leave law requirements. This session should relieve your stress by providing practical employer guidance on managing modern leave law requests, legal compliance, and best practices

    When was the last time you gave your company a checkup? Any doctor will tell you that annual physical exams are essential to your ongoing health and are the best way to reduce and resolve health issues before they become critical. The same is true for your business.  When was the last time your human resources department had a checkup? This session is designed to help you identify potential compliance risks with your current policies and practices – from recruiting, to pay practices, to leaves of absence – before they become critical.

    Shhhh! Not at Work! Controversial Topics in the Modern Workplace. Get comfortable – or uncomfortable – we are tackling the cringe worthy controversial workplace topics you know your employees are talking about at work. We will cover topics including abortion, guns, domestic violence (Depp and Heard trial), politics, war, and more. This session will address how these controversial topics may create legal exposures for your business you may not have thought about. You won’t want to miss this!


    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