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Arkansas SHRM 2023 HR Conference & Expo • October 18-20 • Fort Smith, Arkansas

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Attorney Panel - Legal Update

Key Objectives

Learn the requirements of new laws, new interpretations of existing laws and emerging best practices in employment law compliance Discuss what is on the horizon of legal trends and anticipated new laws that will change employment law in the future.? Answer questions from the audience and from the moderator on relevant and difficult compliance issues.? Brainstorm wiht the panelists on various ways and strategies to address challenging employees and situations within the bounds of compliance.?

This legal update is intended to inform Arkansas' HR community of recent changes in the law and highlight litigation of which employers need to be aware.  In addition, the panel of attorneys will also discuss interpretations of existing laws and respond to questions from the audience regarding relevant and difficult compliance issues.   

Wayne Young

Attorney at Friday, Eldredge & Clark

H. Wayne Young is a partner with the firm and a member of the Labor and Employment Law Practice Group. He was named the 2017 Russell Gunter Legislative Advocacy Award Recipient by the Arkansas SHRM. The award recognizes outstanding contributions of time and effort in local, state or federal legislative advocacy on behalf of the Human Resources profession. He is a member of CAHRA and was awarded the association’s Legislative Advocacy Award for 2018. 

He has been recognized for his work in labor and employment by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America and Mid-South by Super Lawyers where he was named "Rising Star." He is on the Board of Directors of Women and Children First and he is the past president of the Little Rock Downtown Kiwanis Club. Wayne currently serves as General Counsel to the Arkansas State Council of the Society of Human Resource Management.

He graduated summa cum laude from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville and attended law school at the William H. Bowen School of Law at UALR where he was a Bowen Scholar. Wayne was a Bowen Scholar at the University of Little Rock School of Law, and won the Bogle-Sharpe Award for Most Likely to Succeed in the Practice of Law in 2003.

Cindy Kolb

Attorney at Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C.

CINDY W. KOLB practices in the areas of employment law, insurance defense, and insurance coverage. She regularly speaks on employment law and HR-related topics for SHRM-affiliates and other industry groups around the state. Cindy served as the 2014 Chair of the Employment Law and Legislative Affairs (ELLA) Conference, hosted by the Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management State Council. She is also an active member of the Central Arkansas Human Resources Association (CAHRA) and was the President for 2020; was the VP of Communications for 2019; the VP for Special Programs for 2017/2018; and was the 2017/2018 Chair of the CAHRA Managers Conference. She co-chaired of the Arkansas Bar Association's 2020 Annual Meeting, co-chaired the 2018 Arkansas Bar Association's Mid-Year Meeting, and served as the Chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the Arkansas Bar Association in 2012/2013. She is a member of the Judge Henry Woods Inn of Court. Cindy serves on the Board and Finance Committee of the Museum of Discovery. Cindy graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio and has been practicing law for over 20 years. She's been named to Best Lawyers in America on multiple occasions.


Ohio, 1997
Arkansas, 2000
United States District Courts for the Eastern & Western Districts of Arkansas
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit


Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio, J.D., 1997 
Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), B.A.,1994

Mark Cameron

Attorney at Friday, Eldredge & Clark

Mark K. Cameron is an associate in the Labor and Employment Practice Group at Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP. His practice is focused on representing employers in litigation matters involving discrimination and Fair Labor Standards Act claims. He also works with employers on employment-based immigration matters and with non-profits on employment-related issues.

Mark joined the firm after receiving his law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. He earned a Master of Public Service degree from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in 2020 and a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Latin American studies from the University of Arkansas in 2015.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2021
UA Little Rock Law Review, Executive Editor
William H. Bowen Scholarship Recipient 
University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, Master of Public Service, 2020
University of Arkansas, B.A., International Relations and Latin American Studies, 2015

Languages: Spanish
Judicial Extern for Magistrate Judge Patricia Harris of the Eastern District of Arkansas, 2020
Board member of Bike & Build - a non-profit organization that hosts cross country cycling experiences for young adults centered around affordable housing issues.

Michelle Kaemmerling

Attorney at Wright Lindsey Jennings

Michelle Kaemmerling has been practicing with Wright Lindsey Jennings since relocating to her hometown of Little Rock in 2001. Her practice focuses on employment counseling and litigation, including class actions and collective actions. Kaemmerling regularly provides advice and training regarding employment law compliance. In addition to her employment practice, Kaemmerling leads WLJ e-Discovery Solutions, the firm’s electronic discovery division. She also serves in firm management as leader of the Labor & Employment team.

Kaemmerling has served on the Arkansas Supreme Court’s Committee on Civil Practice since 2021, and was appointed Chair of the Committee in 2022. Prior to that, Kaemmerling served for six years on the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Model Jury Instructions-Civil. In 2020, Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. appointed Kaemmerling to a nine-member Independent Review Committee that conducted a review of the Little Rock Police Department, and she previously served on the Inclusion Subcommittee of Mayor Scott’s Transition Team. Kaemmerling currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre and is a past chair of the Arkansas Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section. She has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Mid-South Super Lawyers in the area of Labor & Employment and as a “Leader in their Field” by Chambers USA each year since 2010. Since 2014, Kaemmerling has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment. Kaemmerling is a graduate of the 2008-2009 class of Leadership Greater Little Rock.

Kaemmerling’s more recent experience includes:

Conducting numerous internal investigations for local and national companies involving sensitive issues relating to executives and senior managers.
Managed collection, review and production of more than 1 million documents in a group of related lawsuits, including a class action suit.
Lead counsel for a restaurant franchisee and a utility locator in collective action lawsuits alleging wage and hour violations.
Lead counsel for an international retailer in several lawsuits alleging discrimination and retaliation claims.
Lead counsel in numerous EEOC charges and lawsuits against public and private employers—including hospitals, retailers and manufacturers—involving violations of various federal antidiscrimination laws, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.
Representation of physician management company, including drafting physician employment contracts.

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Location: Hall C

Category: Legal/Compliance

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