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November NOARK Meeting

Leave Issues Panel

Categories: Membership Meeting

NOARK is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP℠ or SHRM-SCP℠. This program is valid for 1.00 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 1.0 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

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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:

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



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 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 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.

1 "General" HRCI Credit Hour Pending