A Clear Vision of the Future Arkansas SHRM 2020 HR Conference & Expo • April 1-3 • Rogers, Arkansas ARSHRM HR2021 Conference and Expo Logo

A Clear Vision of the Future

Arkansas SHRM 2021 HR Conference & Expo

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Program Details

#UsToo: How #MeToo Has Changed the HR Landscape

Key Objectives

  • Identify unlawful harassment in the workplace and understand legal obligations of employers.
  • Analyze best policies, practices, and communications to mitigate risk to the company.
  • Implement proactive steps to enable your company to act quickly when a claim of harassment is received.


The #MeToo movement has resulted in a seismic shift in awareness of sexual harassment that has extended to the workplace. This session will provide an overview of federal and state laws pertaining to employees’ rights as well as employers’ responsibilities to establish a work environment free from unlawful harassment. The panel will provide a brief overview of the current applicable legal standards in 2020, discuss potential liability issues for employers who fail to meet their obligations, and outline best practices for employers and their HR professionals to follow in attempting to mitigate harassment and potential liability.

Cindy Kolb

Director 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.

Amber Bagley

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

Amber Wilson Bagley practices in the areas of employment law, commercial/corporate litigation, healthcare law, and municipal law. Ms. Bagley served as a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Annabelle Clinton Imber and the Honorable Tom Glaze, both Justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court. She is a member of the American Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association, and the Arkansas Bar Association, where she has served as chair of the Health Law Section and is a tenured member of the House of Delegates for Pulaski County. She has been included in Best Lawyers in America, Mid-South Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars, and Chambers USA.

Missy Duke

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

Missy McJunkins Duke practices in the areas of employment law, education law, FOIA, and civil litigation. She is an active member of the Arkansas Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section and the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section and Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee. She was appointed by former Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe as a Special Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court and as Commissioner on the Arkansas Early Childhood Commission and as a member of the Arkansas Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Ms. Duke has been included in Best Lawyers in America since 2009, Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2008, and Chambers USA’s America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2013.

Please Note: Speakers and topics are subject to change without notice.


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