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Presented by NOARK and Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P. C.

Categories: Seminar and Workshop

NOARK is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP℠ or SHRM-SCP℠. This program is valid for 7.00 PDCs for the SHRM-CP℠ or SHRM-SCP℠. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

This event is approved for HRCI credits

NOARK is a recognized provider of recertification credits. HR Certification Institute® pre-approved this program for 7.0 HR (General) credit towards aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification. Please be sure to note the program ID number on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HRCI website at

The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

This event has been approved for 1.0 hours of CLE by the Arkansas CLE Board.

This course has been approved for 6.5 hours of CLE (5.5 General 1 Ethics) by the Arkansas CLE Board. For more information about Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation, please visit the Arkansas Bar Association website at

You are a supervisor, manager, or human resources professional. You know that no matter what your job is, “Job One” is the managing of people. Everything else goes just a little easier when your people are happy and productive. The more you know about effectively managing people in today’s ever-changing workplace, the better equipped you are to solve problems, encourage engagement, and align the efforts of your department with your organization’s overall mission – and if you attended last year’s conference – or heard about it – you know our presenters are experts in providing managers and supervisors with what you need to know, and do, to successfully and lawfully manage people.

The 2018 NWA Supervisors’ Conference is your one-day, all inclusive supervising and managing people experience. Whether you are new to supervising or an experienced manager, this conference is for you!

Abtin Mehdizadegan

Abtin Mehdizadegan

Abtin Mehdizadegan is an associate attorney with Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C. whose practice focuses on traditional management-side labor and employment defense. Abtin is active in the Firm’s litigation practice and has represented clients in administrative hearings, in trial settings, and on appeal. When he is not in the courtroom, Abtin advises clients in in a wide range of matters, including employment law compliance, affirmative action obligations for federal contractors, and drafting and negotiating various employment agreements. Prior to joining the Firm, Abtin attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Prior to law school, Abtin attended the University of Maine. In 2017, Abtin received the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award from the Pulaski County Bar Association, was named by HR Professionals Magazine as a Rising Star in Employment Law, and was honored by Arkansas Business to be named in its 20 in Their 20s: The New Influentials edition. Abtin was also chosen by Super Lawyers to the 2018 Mid-South Rising Stars List.

Amber Wilson Bagley

Amber Wilson Bagley

Amber Wilson Bagley, a director in the Firm of Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C., practices in the areas of Commercial/Corporate Law, Employment Law, Health Care Law, and Municipal Law. In her legal career, Amber has served as a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Annabelle Clinton Imber and the Honorable Tom Glaze, both 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, in the Arkansas Bar Association Leadership Academy and is tenured member of the Arkansas Bar Association House of Delegates for Pulaski County. Amber is active in the community as well, serving as a member of the Rotary Club of Little Rock (Club 99) and Sustainer member of the Junior League of Little Rock. She served on the Youth Home Board of Directors (2008-2016), including the Executive Committee and President from 2014-2015. During that time, she was the Chair of Youth Home’s “Eggshibition” in 2014. Amber is also a graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXVIII. She has been named to the Mid-South Super Lawyers list of "Rising Stars" from 2009-2015, Best Lawyers in America from 2015-2017, Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 in 2013, and Soirée Magazine’s readers chose Amber as one of the “Best Lawyers in Little Rock” from 2013-2017.

Gregory J. Northen

Gregory J. Northen

Gregory J. Northen is an attorney in Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C.’s Little Rock office. His practice areas include labor and employment, wage and hour, and health care law, and civil and business litigation. Greg’s experience includes practicing before federal and state courts in Arkansas, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and various federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division and Arkansas Department of Workforce Services. He also assists clients with drafting and implementing up-to-date forms, policies, procedures and training for various labor and employment issues. Greg serves as District Representative for Arkansas and Oklahoma to the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division Council and also sits on the ABA YLD’s Labor & Employment Committee. He is a member of the Pulaski County Bar Association, American Health Law Association and is the 2017-18 Chair of the Central Council of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Arkansas. He also serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Maumelle Chamber of Commerce for 2018. Greg has been named a “Rising Star” by Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2014. He is a graduate of Harding University and the University of Arkansas School of Law, cum laude.

Cindy Kolb

Cindy Kolb

Cindy Kolb is a director at Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C., based in the firm’s Little Rock office. Her practice areas include employment law, insurance defense, and insurance coverage. She regularly speaks on employment law and HR-related topics for SHRM-affiliated 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 is the VP of Special Programs for 2017/2018 and is the 2017-2018 Chair of the CAHRA Managers Conference. Cindy is the 2018 “When Work Works” Director on the ARSHRM State Council. She co-chaired the Arkansas Bar Association’s Mid-Year Meeting this year 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. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio and has been practicing law for 20 years.

Richard A. “Rick” Roderick

Richard A. “Rick” Roderick

Richard A. “Rick” Roderick is a Director in the firm of Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C. practicing in the areas of labor and employment defense law. He has more than 20 years of human resource management experience, having served in various executive management positions, including executive director of human resources with a large multistate corporation. Rick has extensive experience in labor relations, union negotiations, employment discrimination, unfair labor practices, and wage and hour matters. He also advises management regarding human resource systems, policies and procedures and performs supervisory training. Rick is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association (Past chair of Labor and Employment Law Section) and the American Bar Association. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2009, and was named Lawyer of the Year in the field of Labor Law – Management in 2017. He received both his B.S. degree in mathematics and M.S. degree in operations management from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and his J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law.



The Problem Employee--Do you have an employee with an attendance problem, an insubordination problem, or an attitude problem? This session will address different scenarios involving “problem employees”, how to handle them, and how they affect the workplace. This session will define success with problem employees, present best practice, and strategies for staying out of court - or winning your case if you get there.

At the end of this session, participants will be better able to:

  1. Identify and successfully deal with problem employees.
  2. Avoid or minimize legal liability.
  3. Employ work flex best practices.


Psychological Health in the Workplace--The psychological health of your employees has a dramatic effect on the overall health of your workplace and as supervisors and managers, we cannot not ignore warning signs of psychological ill-health. This session will present an introduction to the interface between psychology and human resource management.

At the end of this session, participants will be better able to:

  1. Identify behavior that may require psychological services.
  2. Develop a general understanding of the legal requirements in utilizing psychological interventions as a tool in workplace issues.
  3. Employ methods for building bridges in order to access psychological services.

Leave Issues--Leave touches everything, be it FMLA, ADA, PTO, FLSA, Title VII, you name it. If the discussion is going to involve the topic of “leave”, it’s going to be complex. This session will present informative, real-life leave scenarios and their solutions.

At the end of this session, participants will be better able to:

  1. See the bigger picture when it comes to leave issues.
  2. Know what law(s) is(are) triggered by the leave situation they are dealing with.
  3. Know when legal assistance is required.


Medical Marijuana--Who hasn’t got questions concerning the impact of medical marijuana on the workplace? This presentation will summarize the recent constitutional and legislative changes to Arkansans’ rights to lawfully consume medical marijuana, focusing on rights specifically relating to the workplace.

At the end of this session, participants will be better able to:

  1. Understand the challenges that arise with current substance testing procedures.
  2. Identify safety standards.
  3. Review best practices for employers to implement in order to avoid a potential lawsuit that can arise when an employee or applicant has a medical marijuana registry card.


Business Ethics for Supervisors and Managers--When it comes to ethics, we are all responsible for acting ethically. But as we go about our day-to-day activities, the question arises - what exactly does “acting ethically” look like? This session will address three different “hats” supervisors and managers wear and the ethical implications of each.

At the end of this session, participants will be better able to:

  1. Perform an ethical investigation as a manager.
  2. Ethically enforce company policies.
  3. Review the ethics and importance of documentation as a manager.


Workplace Violence--Unfortunately workplace violence is a far too frequent event in our country. Supervisors and managers need to accept his fact and their responsibilities for keeping their employees safe. This session will present best practice for preventing and dealing with workplace violence.

At the end of this session, participants will be better able to:

  1. Recognize potentially violent employees.
  2. Identify the triggers of workplace violence and how to prevent it.
  3. Understand their legal obligations and liability as a supervisor
Who Should Attend:
  • Supervisors
  • Managers
  • HR Professionals
  • Attorneys
  • $150 per attendee –all day
  • $1050 per table of 8 – all day
  • $25 per NOARK member, lunch only
  • $50 per non-NOARK member, lunch only 


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Patron Sponsor: 

7 HRCI "General" Hours w/ 1 hour HRCI "Business" 

5.5 hours of "General" and 1 hour of "Ethics" CLE Credit hours have been approved.