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    2019 SHRMinar

    Date: August 22, 2019, 8:00am – 4:00pm
    SHRM - Topeka Chapter
    The Brownstone
    4020 NW 25th St, Topeka, KS 66618
    $75 for both sessions; $45 for one session
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    Join us as we get both Melody's and Susan's perspective on FLSA and FMLA. 

    Melody Rayl will also be discussing ADA and WC.

    Susan Lang will also be discussing the Nursing Mother's Act.

    Morning Speaker: 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 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.


    9:00 – 10:00        Exempt/Non-Exempt – What Difference Does it Make?  The changes to the so-called “white collar exemptions” to the FLSA overtime requirements are likely to take effect in just a few months.  This presentation reviews the existing requirements for FLSA exemption and discusses the upcoming changes.  Some practical tips will be provided for maintaining compliance and avoiding misclassification issues.

    10:00 – 10:15      Break

    10:15 – 11:45      The Unusual Complications Associated with the Trifecta of FMLA/ADA/WC Leave  We all know employees are entitled to protected leave under the FMLA.  Add in a WC injury and/or an accommodation need and determining the proper course and managing the process can be overwhelming.  This session addresses some common issues in an interactive format.

    11:45 – 12:00      Wrap Up and Questions

    Afternoon Speaker: Susan Lang

    Susan Lang is an Investigator with the US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division. She is based out of Wichita, KS and has been with the Wage and Hour Division since 1985. A life-long Kansan and a Wichita State University graduate, Susan enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act, investigating employers for compliance with minimum wage, overtime, child labor, and recordkeeping provisions, as well as determining proper designation and allowance of FMLA leave for eligible employees. 


    8:00 am - 8:30 am | Registration, Networking & Breakfast

    8:30 am - 9:00 am | Chapter Meeting Begins

    9:00 am - 12:00 pm | Melody Rayl Presentation

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Lunch & Networking

    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Susan Lang Presentation

    Cost:  $75 for full-day registration and $45 for half day registration

    (Half day registration does not include lunch)

    HR Recertification:  SHRM and HRCI credits are pending

    Last day to register online: 08/19/2019 (registrations after this date need to be done at the door and will be an additional $5)

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