Arkansas SHRM 2018 HR Conference & Expo
April 4-6 • Hot Springs, Arkansas

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April 4-6 • Hot Springs

List of Sponsors

Thank you for your interest in sponsoring HR2018! Our sponsors make it possible for us to hold these fantastic conferences and improve the HR community. Plus, sponsoring the conference is one of the best opportunities to let the top HR leaders know about your business!

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HR2018 Sponsors

Thank you to all of our HR2018 sponsors! We couldn't serve the human resources community without you, and we truly appreciate your help. Check back soon for a full list of all of our sponsors.

1st Employment Staffing

1ST EMPLOYMENT STAFFING IS THE “TACTIC” $1500 Cash GRAND PRIZE SPONSOR

1st Employment Staffing is your 1st class solution for local employment services and staffing solutions in Northwest Arkansas. 1st Employment saves you time and money on recruitment, hiring, and payroll. We firmly believe we are able to differentiate ourselves from our competition by offering flexibility, immediate attention, and quick decisions. 1st Employment strives for honesty, integrity and excellent customer service.

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AAMSCO IDENTIFICATION PRODUCTS, INC.

AAMSCO is the “Pawns” Name Badge Sponsor

AAMSCO is a state licensed, full-service identification and security solution provider committed to serving our customers with exceptional customer service, an expansive cutting edge product line, on-site service, and unparalleled experience. Founded in 1979, AAMSCO Identification Products, Inc. is an Arkansas based company which specializes in card personalization, secure identification, physical and logistical access control, and surveillance. Our specialty-trained teams offer a variety of service packages including installation, training, and preventive maintenance services to meet your needs. At AAMSCO we provide consulting and services to a wide variety of industry including, government, banking, healthcare, education, and corporate. Our strength lies in our years of experience and commitment to total customer satisfaction. AAMSCO is a member of Identification Systems Group, (ISG), and a nationwide association of ID and card issuance experts.

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ARKANSAS Blue Cross Blue Shield

ARKANSAS BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD IS THE “ BISHOPS” CONFERENCE BAG SPONSOR

Founded in 1948, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is the largest health insurer in Arkansas. Arkansas Blue Cross and its affiliates have more than 2,800 employees. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is comprised of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans that collectively provide healthcare coverage for nearly 106 million members — one in three Americans. Our vision is a healthcare system that provides affordable and safe care for all citizens. Our mission is to provide individuals, families and organizations access to high-value health wellness services through innovative financing and delivery models.

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Arkansas Business Best Places to Work

ARKANSAS BUSINESS BEST PLACES TO WORK IS THE “KNIGHTS” media SPONSOR

Arkansas Business wants to help you maximize your organization's most valuable resource - its people. The Best Places to Work program gives your company the opportunity to gather valuable and affordable insight about your employees and provides benchmarks to see how you stack up against the state's best workplaces.

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE IS A “CHESS PIECE” media SPONSOR

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reach a statewide audience of 600,000+ readers in print, and the power of targeted online reach with JobsArkansas.com or Nwajobfinder.com, the RealMatch job network, and JobClips Video. This creates a powerful and effective solution to attract qualified, motivated, and experienced candidates, both active and passive. Let us show you Arkansas’ largest newspapers' total package today to help you and your company successfully attract and recruit new employees!

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Arthur J Gallagher & Co

ARTHUR J GALLAGHER & CO IS THE “ROOK” MOBILE APP SPONSOR

Is your benefits plan designed to fuel growth, reduce risk, and strengthen your organization with a healthy engaged workforce? The right investment in human capital will pay dividends for years. At Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., we work hard to understand your industry, your market, and the unique constraints that affect your success. Workforce challenges, hiring needs, legal risks, competitive issues, financial considerations, compliance requirements—no detail is too small.

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Arkansas Tech University, College of e Tech

ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE OF E TECH IS A “CAPTURE” SPONSOR

The College of eTech provides a single focal point for Arkansas Tech University’s fully online degree programs, trainings, and resources. Housed within eTech, the Professional Studies department assists students with professional development and career enhancement. Our Bachelor of Professional Studies, a degree completion program, features eight concentration areas. It is designed for those seeking career promotion or employment. The Bachelor of Applied Science offers a seamless transition for those who have earned an Associate of Applied Science. Learn how to enhance your academic qualifications and increase your career upward mobility by contacting us at 479-968-0318, eat0@eau0eav0eaw0 or visiting www.atu.edu/etech/.

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Boundless Network

Boundless Network IS The “Retreat” Lanyard SPONSOR

Boundless Network is a provider of logo’d merchandise. We specialize in on-boarding kits, recruitment fair giveaways, employee apparel, wellness rewards, employee recognition, company stores, safety programs, retirement gifts and length of service programs.

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CAHRA

CAHRA IS A “Blitz” SPONSOR

Founded in 1951, the Central Arkansas Human Resource Association (CAHRA) is the oldest and largest association of HR professionals in Central Arkansas. CAHRA is an affiliate of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). CAHRA exists to: Provide high quality, dynamic and educational programs and services to our members. Advocate on behalf of the HR profession at the state and local level. Provide leadership opportunities through volunteer services that enhance professional and personal growth. CAHRA strives to be the leading association for HR professionals that exists to build and sustain partnerships that will make a positive impact on the HR profession and the greater Central Arkansas business community. 

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Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. IS the “Stalemate” Wednesday Reception SPONSOR

As one of the country's leading coaching and consulting organizations, our business coaching and outplacement programs focus on effectiveness. Whether the goal is helping leaders and high potential employees improve their performance or helping employees of all levels achieve career transition success, we focus on individual needs and design programs to facilitate growth and achieve success. Guiding Change and Getting Results is our focus, so contact Calvin Colbert at 501-372-2550 or eat2@eau2eav2eaw2 for more information.

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Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank IS the “Castling” Centerpiece SPONSOR

Citizens Bank was founded in Batesville in 1953 to serve the financial needs of middle-income families and small businesses. Our bank was built on a business philosophy of focusing intently on customer service and truly operating as a community bank – a local financial institution that knows and cares about its customers, understands the local business climate, and is sincerely committed to the communities we serve all across Arkansas. Citizens Bank employees embody the ideal of “community,” enthusiastically serving in important voluntary roles to advance schools, churches, charities, and support other local needs and causes.

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Courthouse Concepts

COURTHOUSE CONCEPTS IS THE “QUEEN” SPONSOR

CourtHouse Concepts is Arkansas’ #1 provider of pre-employment background checks. We offer criminal searches (county, state and national), driving records, credit reports, verifications (employment, education, and license), social security traces, electronic I-9 processing, E-verify, drug screening and more. We customize packages to fit your need. Orders can be transmitted through an applicant tracking system, the web, XML, or facsimile. We help you stay in compliance with state and federal guidelines by offering a pre-adverse and adverse action letter service for those you chose not to hire. CourtHouse Concepts is fully accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS).

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Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus

CROSS, GUNTER, WITHERSPOON & GALCHUS IS A “WIN” BREAK SPONSOR

For over two decades, Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C. (CGWG) has provided a full range of legal services and has been an established leader in the successful practice of labor, employment, and immigration law. CGWG is committed to providing exceptional legal services to our clients while balancing the interests of the Firm, its clients and its obligations to the legal profession. Preventive law strategies and exceptional educational programs are hallmarks of CGWG’s services. They offer customized training programs for employers, CEOs, key management personnel, human resource professionals, medical staff and supervisors to help companies minimize legal exposure.

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CS3 TECHNOLOGY

CS3 TECHNOLOGY IS A “White” SPONSOR

CS3 Technology helps companies increase internal efficiencies through proven technology applications. We have extensive expertise with accounting, human resources, and customer relationship management software. Powered by CS3 Advisors, our focus is on knowledge, value, and trust.

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Delta Dental

DELTA DENTAL IS THE “KING” Presenting SPONSOR

Delta Dental of Arkansas is the largest dental benefits provider in the state, helping more than 500,000 Arkansans keep their smiles healthy through commercial and Medicaid coverage. As a not-for-profit company, Delta Dental is committed to improving the oral health of Arkansans through the philanthropic efforts of its Foundation, which donated more than $3 million to support oral health education initiatives in the last year. For more information, including how to save by bundling dental and vision benefits, visit deltadentalar.com.

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First Security Bank

First Security Bank IS a “white” SPONSOR

Based in Searcy, Arkansas, privately-held First Security Bancorp has the most complete and diverse product offering of any Arkansas-based financial services holding company. Supported by the strength of $1.112 billion in total capital and $5.54 billion in assets, First Security can meet any financing need – right here in Arkansas.

With more than 1,000 employees covering locations throughout the state, we offer solutions for the financial needs of individuals, businesses and the public sector, including a network of local community banks, respected investment banking and wealth management services, public finance, real estate development and revitalization, leasing and mortgage services.

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First Staff

FIRST STAFF IS THE “FILES” NOTEPADS & PENS SPONSOR

FirstStaff has a long history of supporting the Arkansas Human Resources State Conference, the SHRM chapters in Arkansas, and the human resources profession. We provide a wide range of staffing services to our customers and blend local control and decision making with world class service. Our staff brings experience, knowledge, and extra effort to the needs of our employees and customers. Think of us first when you have staffing needs.

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Friday, Eldredge & Clark LLP

FRIDAY, ELDREDGE & CLARK LLP IS THE “DESPERADO” PHOTO BOOTH SPONSOR

Friday, Eldredge & Clark serves business, non-profit, governmental and individual clients in Arkansas and across the United States. It is one of the oldest law firms in the state and has been the largest Arkansas-based law for nearly 50 years. The firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group works with companies on a variety of employment matters including compliance with state and federal laws, litigation, wage and hour, proactive counseling, labor relations and covenants not to compete. The firm has additional practice groups focusing on General Litigation, Class Action & Business Litigation, Railroad, Medical Malpractice, Healthcare, Trust & Estate Planning, Employee Benefits, Real Estate/Commercial Transactions and Merger & Acquisitions. Friday, Eldredge & Clark has offices in Little Rock, Fayetteville, and Rogers, Arkansas. For more information, visit www.fridayfirm.com.

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HR Professional Magazine

HR PROFESSIONAL MAGAZINE IS A “Chess Piece” Official Media SPONSOR

HR Professionals Magazine is an exciting monthly publication designed to educate and inform HR Professionals in every discipline. We cover current hot topics in employment law, compensation and benefits, employee relations, talent management, diversity, ethics, leadership, employee training and development, payroll, and HR technology. Labor and employment law not only focuses on federal legislation, but also on state regulations for Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Comprehensive articles are written by local employment law attorneys, employee benefits specialists, and educators, who are highly regarded as experts in their respective fields. Our HR publication is shipped to every SHRM Chapter in these six states at no charge for their monthly membership meetings. To Opt-In to receive a personal subscription, go to our website www.hrprofessionalsmagazine.com, and click on Subscriptions. We also provide affordable online HR certification exam prep classes for both the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP, as well as the HRCI PHR and SPHR. Check our website for the dates of the next class.

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The Job Guide

THE JOB GUIDE IS A “CHESS PIECE” Media SPONSOR

The Job Guide is a bi-weekly employment publication established in 1988. From that time, over 10,000,000 copies of The Job Guide have been distributed in Northwest Arkansas, Fort Smith, Southwest Missouri, Northeast Oklahoma and the Tulsa Metro Area. The Job Guide has helped over 5,000 companies and has become the go-to-resource for recruitment advertising.

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JTS Financial

JTS FINANCIAL IS THE “ATTACK” CHARGING STATION SPONSOR

When you choose JTS Financial to design, implement and manage your employee benefits, you get a team of professionals that know the business and has raised the bar on world-class service. As one of the fastest growing brokerage/consulting firms in Arkansas, we know that our most valuable asset is our ability to help our clients leverage their resources to achieve their goals. We help you increase the effectiveness and efficiency of your employee benefits programs, directly translating into stronger employee retention and a better bottom line.

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LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE

LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE IS A “White” SPONSOR

Without your employees’ hard work, your business wouldn’t be able to grow and succeed. Offer your employees voluntary benefits programs from Liberty Mutual* as a way to better show them your appreciation. Over 14,000 employers and organizations have already taken advantage of the auto and home voluntary benefits programs from Liberty Mutual Insurance.

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McKee Foods

McKee Foods IS A “WIN” Break SPONSOR

McKee Foods, a family bakery with annual sales of about $1.4 billion, is a privately-held company based in Collegedale, Tennessee. The McKee Foods story began during the height of the Great Depression when founder O.D. McKee began selling 5-cent snack cakes from the back of his car. Soon after, he and his wife, Ruth, bought a small bakery on Main Street in Chattanooga, Tenn., using the family car as collateral. Today, the company employs more than 5,750 people in Collegedale, TN.; Gentry, AR.; Stuarts Draft, VA.; and Kingman, AZ. It creates and produces Little Debbie® baked goods, Drake’s® cakes, Sunbelt Bakery® snacks and cereals, Heartland® brands and Fieldstone® Bakery food products. Visit mckeefoods.com for more information.

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NOARK

NOARK IS A “BLITZ” SPONSOR

NOARK is dedicated to providing an avenue for the advancement of human resource management by offering members the opportunities and resources to improve their ability to perform in the human resource industry, the community, and - through the affiliation with the Society for Human Resource Management - the nation. We accomplish this through active involvement with the local business community, as we partner to provide educational and networking opportunities to HR Professionals and Managers/ Supervisors. NOARK is the proud recipient of the SHRM 2013 Pinnacle Award, 2013 SHRM Foundation State Council Champion, 2014 SHRM Membership SuperStar Award, 2016 SHRM Learning System Champion, designated as a SHRM Excel Award Gold Chapter and a SHRM 2017 Pinnacle Award Finalist.

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The Payroll Company

TPC IS A “CAPTURE” SPONSOR

Transform your HR’s cost center into a profit center with TPC. Experience complete automation during your entire employee lifecycle with streamlined and fully integrated Recruiting, Onboarding, HR, Benefits, compliance, Payroll and Time.  Enter to win a prize by visiting Jeremy, Nick and Erik and learn how the professionals at TPC can help revolutionize your workforce, and guarantee a future of Paydays Made Easy.

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Picnic Master

Picnic Master IS A “Black” SPONSOR

Need to plan an employee appreciation event or family day at your company site or a local park? No problem. Make one call to Picnic Master and your job is done! Picnic Master can create the perfect picnic experience. Since 1993, Picnic Master has been perfecting the long-standing tradition of the Company Picnic. Equipped with one of the largest special event inventories in the region, we can produce your entire event from start to finish with quality entertainment, “grill on site” catering and a professional event staff.

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Regions

Regions IS A “White” SPONSOR

Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), with $126 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, mortgage, and insurance products and services. Regions serves customers across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates approximately 1,500 banking offices and 1,900 ATMs. Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at www.regions.com.

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REVIEWCLOUD

REVIEWCLOUD IS A “White” SPONSOR

ReviewCloud, located in the heart of the Silicon Prairie, is a cloud-based employee engagement solution that streamlines performance feedback and enables continual cultural development.

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Staffmark

STAFFMARK IS THE “Checkmate” sponsor & “PROMOTION” COMMITTEE T-SHIRTS SPONSOR 

Staffmark, one of the largest staffing companies in the country, has been providing innovative workforce solutions for Arkansas companies for almost 40 years.  Because of our outstanding customer service, Staffmark has been recognized as a Best of Staffing winner for five years in a row.  Best of Staffing is a designation achieved by less than 1% of all staffing companies in the United States, and Staffmark’s customer service ratings are more than triple those in the industry.  For more information on putting our award-winning service to work for you, please visit www.staffmark.com or connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Stephens Insurance

Stephens Insurance IS A “Check” Giftcard Prize SPONSOR

An affiliate of Stephens Inc., Stephens Insurance, LLC, is a full-service insurance agency providing life, health, employee benefit and property & casualty insurance services and consulting to our clients, including businesses, municipalities and individuals. Founded in 1987, Stephens Insurance is headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas with offices located in Fayetteville, Dallas, Austin, Houston, Jackson, MS and Birmingham, AL.

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Strategic Retirement Partners

Strategic Retirement Partners IS A “Capture” SPONSOR

Strategic Retirement Partners understands the importance of the commitment you have made on behalf of your employees. Our dedicated focus and depth of expertise in the corporate retirement plan field can help you with plan design, select and manage your plan investments, and moderate your risk as plan fiduciaries, while simultaneously helping to ensure that you and your workforce are able to fully understand and maximize the potential of this very important benefit. As independent, fiduciary advisors, we advise on virtually all corporate retirement plan types including: Defined Contribution - 401(k), Profit Sharing; Defined Benefit (Frozen/Active), Traditional or Cash Balance; Non-Profit Plans 403(b), 401(a), 457(b), 457(f); ESOP; & Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation. Relax, we’ll take it from here! www.srpretire.com

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SygnifiCARE

SygnifiCARE IS A “Chess Piece” SPONSOR

SygnifiCARE is an Arkansas-based worker’s compensation therapy network. Our team approach connects the employer, patient, and therapist using evidence-based, cost-effective services. Our goal is to help employers realize cost-savings for worker’s compensation expenses, while partnering with the therapist to ensure the patient receives quality care necessary to meet return-to-work goals with decreased incidence of recidivism. Our full-force approach helps treat the whole patient—not just returning your employee back to work but doing so in a way that demonstrates your investment in their quality of life.  Talk to us today to learn how we can help in your worker’s compensation process.

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Ultimate Software

Ultimate Software IS the “Ranks” SPONSOR

UltiPro unites all aspects of HR, payroll, and talent management in one comprehensive cloud solution that delivers serious business benefits for your organization and the most human capital management functionality available for the greatest value today. In order to transform your workforce, you not only need leading HCM technology, but also the people and services behind it. Although service is often an under-considered component during the HR technology selection process, it is critical to long-term success. That’s why Ultimate Software treats its customers as Partners for Life. Ultimate offers a range of specialized services to help you grow and transform your organization.

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WAHRA

WAHRA IS A “Black” SPONSOR

Founded in 1966, Western Arkansas Human Resource Association (WAHRA) serves the region of Sebastian and Crawford Counties in Arkansas and LeFlore County in Oklahoma as the river valley’s SHRM-affiliated chapter. The region is home to numerous manufacturing facilities as well as service industry leaders in logistics and transportation. Members meet for lunch at 11:30 on the second Tuesday of each month at Fianna Hills Country Club in Fort Smith; guest presenters provide professional development on key HR issues. WAHRA’s members include professionals regardless of tenure in HR from all competencies related to the HR field. To learn more, visit wahra.com or contact President Dr. Kim Gordon eat3@eau3eav3eaw3

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WCASHRM

WCASHRM IS A “BLITZ” SPONSOR

West Central Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management (WCASHRM) is an affiliated chapter of SHRM, serving the Hot Springs, Malvern, Arkadelphia and surrounding areas. Organized in 1987, we provide programs and services to our members; actively support or oppose legislation or other matters based upon employer needs and professional goals; and establish relationships within the community. We meet monthly on the last Tuesday of each month. Annually, we host an SHRM Pinnacle Award winning Managers Seminar (8/23/2018) at the Hot Springs Convention Center. For more information, visit our website at wcashrm.org.

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Wright Lindsey Jennings

WRIGHT LINDSEY JENNINGS IS THE “CHESS BOARD” EXPO HALL GAME BOARD SPONSOR

Wright Lindsey Jennings' Labor and Employment team has management-oriented practices addressing all aspects of the employee/employer relationship. The team has extensive experience litigating and arbitrating employment and civil rights claims, in addition to state law claims. Our attorneys defend clients in multi-plaintiff, collective action and class action lawsuits, as well as Department of Labor and EEOC investigations. WLJ's team provides advice and counsel to clients regarding a variety of day-to-day matters, such as employment agreements and disciplinary issues, and represents clients in labor arbitrations, union elections and contract negotiations. Despite our collective litigation and arbitration experience, we place a premium on preventing employee claims that could lead to administrative investigations and litigation. We do this in part by offering employee and manager training on a variety of issues and by providing free educational resources to our clients through quarterly newsletters, employment law luncheons and website articles.

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