Upcoming Events

Committed to the education of the employer community in emerging HR and employment law topics

Our HR Lunch & Learn and Workshops are designed specifically for HR professionals and business owners. Join us as we discuss hot topics in HR and employment law.

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Oct
10
October HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, October 10, 2019, 12:00 PM
8 Employee Pay Mistakes and How to Fix Them (immediately, if not sooner)

More likely than not, you are inadvertently violating some wage-related law. Paying wages correctly - whether a salary, hourly rate, day rate, or project basis -- is difficult, probably more so than you may think. But ignorance of the law is no excuse and defending those mistakes are difficult, expensive and business-changing. Instead of defending a claim, however, join us to learn about common pay mistakes and how to fix them before problems arise.

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Nov
14
November HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, November 14, 2019, 12:00 PM
When an Employee's Off-the-Clock Activities Have On-the-Clock Implications

More often than not, your employees' off-duty activities, comments, opinions, or choices are displayed on social media for the world to see. What happens when they are caught doing/saying/acting in a way that reflects poorly on your business, values, or goods and services? What's an employer to do? What can an employer do? Join us as we discuss the employer's rights and responsibilities with respect to employee social media activities and other off-duty antics.

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Dec
12
December HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, December 12, 2019, 12:00 PM
A Practical Guide to Legally Smart Job Descriptions

Job descriptions have many far-reaching implications on lawful HR practices. When done well, they can help employers avoid (or defend) everything from ADA claims to charges of discrimination. This month we will discuss the key aspects of a legally sound job description and specific ways you can draft them to protect your company... and, oh yeah, describe the job.

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Sep
12
September HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, September 12, 2019, 12:00 PM
Peeking Under the Hood: How to Conduct an Effective HR Legal Self-Audit

Sometimes it is a good idea to step back from day-to-day details and take a "mile-high" look at your organization's HR practices. This month's HR Lunch & Learn will provide a step-by-step guide to conducting a self-audit with an emphasis on making sure your HR practices are legal and practical. Don't worry if it's all in disarray, we will also discuss priorities for beginning the HR clean-up process.

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Aug
8
August HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, August 8, 2019, 12:00 PM
Tackling Tough Employee Leave Issues
FMLA Intermittent Leave, Medical Leave, and More.

Employee leave laws like the Family and Medical Leave Act and individual state leave laws can be difficult to understand and administer and are ripe for abuse by employees. However, every employer must deal with it at some time or another, and handling it right can be tricky. This month we will tackle the most difficult leave law topics such as intermittent leave, certifying the need for leave, return-to-work certification, and more.

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Jul
11
July HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, July 11, 2019, 12:00 PM
Disciplining or Firing a "Protected" Employee the Legally Sound Way

Disciplining or terminating an employee can be stressful under any circumstance, but even more so when the employee falls into a "protected class" (just about every employee does) and/or is threatening to sue you (just about every bad employee does). It can be scary to take the necessary disciplinary steps, but bad performance or workplace behavior is not going to correct itself. Join us as we discuss best practices and legally sound ways to address disciplinary or termination issues under "risky" circumstances.

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Jun
13
June HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, June 13, 2019, 12:00 PM
Marijuana, Employees, and the Workplace... Oh My!

A few short years ago, marijuana and the workplace were an easy conversation -like other drugs, marijuana use was prohibited on or off the job. Now the topic is dominating headlines as it is a developing area of HR law that changes just about every week. We are seeing record changes in the way marijuana use (medical or recreational) is viewed, legislated, and controlled in and out of the workplace. We will cover Ohio's medical marijuana law and how Ohio courts are handling it, as well as other state laws and court decisions that may have implications wherever your employees are.

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May
9
May HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, May 9, 2019, 12:00 PM
Employee Handbooks and Time Off Policies
Legal Implications and Other Good Stuff to Know.

Believe it or not, Paid Time Off policies are among the top handbook provisions that create heartache (and heartburn) for employers, yet there are simple fixes to common issues. This month we will focus on Paid Time Off Handbook policies (and a few unpaid time off topics). We will explore common issues, and how to draft a policy that resolves them. This is the one handbook section every employee reads so make it a good one!

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Apr
11
April HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, April 11, 2019, 12:00 PM
The ABC's of the ADA and Reasonable Accommodations

The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) is tricky and often requires that employers do or say things (like treat employees inconsistently) that seems contrary to all other advice you've heard. But it is a manageable law where compliance and best practices are "doable" and can create great opportunities for employers and employees alike. During this session, we will cover how to recognize when you have an ADA issue, what to do about it, and handling reasonable (and unreasonable) accommodations.

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Mar
21
March HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, March 21, 2019, 12:00 PM
HR Things that Should Scare You (into Action)
A Discussion about Best HR Legal Practices

What you don't know CAN hurt you, especially in the context of HR law. Yet, there are many simple things HR professionals and business owners can do to be proactive in HR matters, if only they know about them. Join us for this month's HR Lunch & Learn as we discuss common HR misconceptions, little known HR legal facts, and best practices for a legally sound workplace.

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Feb
14
February HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, February 14, 2019, 12:00 PM
#MeToo Has Only Just Begun:
5 Steps to Address Harassment in Your Workplace (ideally before it starts)

An employer's responsibility to prevent and correct work-related harassment is nothing new. It's been around for decades. Sadly, because many employers fail to take those responsibilities seriously or make them a priority, the #MeToo movement was born and is still dominating headlines a year later.

This month we will tackle five things that all employers should, can and must do to prevent harassment in the workplace. We will discuss the extent of an employer's responsibilities (warning: it's very broad) and best practices for responding to concerns.

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Jan
10
January HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, January 10, 2019, 12:00 PM
Trending Topics in HR Law
Looking Ahead at 2019

We are starting the year with a look at those HR legal issues that will the topping the "charts" in 2019. Join us as we discuss

  • Medical marijuana and the workplace
  • Overtime issues that are on the horizon
  • Covert discrimination - the new era of bias
  • Arbitration agreements and class action waivers (and why you should really care)
  • I-9 compliance
  • And more!

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Dec
13
December HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 12:00 PM
Policing Employee Behavior Inside the Office and Out: 5 Essential Topics

The line between an employee's work life and personal life have blurred with the growth of smartphones, social media, wellness programs, and work-from-home options. Employers are hesitant to hire a medical marijuana user. Office holiday party antics are instantaneously shared with 100's of "friends." Employees are live-streamed acting/doing/saying things you'd rather not have associated with your business. But what exactly can an employer do and not do when it comes your employee's "after hours" activities? Join us as we explore your rights and responsibilities as an employer when your employees' off-duty conduct has on-duty impact.

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Nov
8
November HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 12:00 PM
Handbook Havoc - 10 Employee Handbook Pitfalls to Avoid

There are good Employee Handbooks, bad Employee Handbooks, and some that are downright ugly. Join us as we discuss the top 10 handbook pitfalls for employers; and how to avoid these hazards and create a smooth path to compliance and liability protection. We will cover

  • Changes in 2018 impacting your handbook
  • Privacy and confidentiality issues
  • Ways to avoid creating a contract
  • Weapons
  • Required notices and more!

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Oct
11
October HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, October 11, 2018, 12:00 PM
Is Your Employment Agreement Worth the Paper It's Written On?
Non-Compete, Non-Disclosure, and Other Employment Agreements.

Employment contracts can be essential to protecting your company's confidential information, goodwill, and client and customer relationships. But not all employment agreements are created equal and some may do more harm than good. Join us as we discuss

  • The use and function of different types of employment agreements
  • Help you evaluate what type of contracts, if any, might be right for your business
  • Learn the key elements of any effective agreement.

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Sep
13
September HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, September 13, 2018, 12:00 PM
Diving into the Depths of Overtime Laws: Warning! It's Scary in There.

Overtime and pay-related claims continue to increase. Employers continue to unwittingly violate these laws. Overtime rates, hour worked, drive time and more are the source of a lot of misunderstanding and non-compliance for employers. Join us this month as we will tackle new wage and hour issues we've not covered in the past, including

  • travel/drive and on-call time - what is and isn't paid
  • Bonuses, commission and other "non-hourly" forms of payment
  • Paying salaried, non-exempt employees and employees paid variable rates
  • Vacation and other paid time off

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Aug
9
August HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, August 9, 2018, 12:00 PM
Workplace investigations: Best Practices for Bringing Out Your Inner Sleuth

As claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, or other wrongdoing in the workplace proliferate, so does the need to establish effective investigation tools. Join us as we discuss

  • What gives rise to an employer's duty to investigate a workplace matter
  • The anatomy of an effective workplace investigation
  • The power of documentation
  • When to bring in an outside investigator

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Jul
12
July HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, July 12, 2018, 12:00 PM
Employees and Discipline and Correction - Oh, My!

Employee discipline and correction is an unpleasant but necessary part of every business owner and HR professional's job. No one wants to do it, and some even fear it. Let us make this job a little less daunting by joining us as we discuss

  • 2018 trends in employee discipline and correction
  • Avoiding unlawful discipline
  • Effective (and ineffective) documentation
  • Discipline following protected activity and more!

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Jun
14
June HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, June 14, 2018, 12:00 PM
Essential HR Law for Your Managers and Supervisors, Part 2

Join us as we continue our discussion with managers and supervisors about creating and maintaining a legally compliant workplace, how their actions can protect or harm the company, as well as their vital role in HR matters such as investigations, documentation, interviewing, leave issues, and more. (Attendance at Part 1 is not necessary to benefit from this month's HR Lunch & Learn).

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May
10
May HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, May 10, 2018, 12:00 PM
Essential HR Law for Your Managers and Supervisors, Part 1

This month and next, JMY Law will provide essential training for managers and supervisors. Have your leadership join us as we discuss key HR laws, best practices for maintaining a compliant workplace, and how to avoid common, often innocent, management mistakes. This is Part 1 of a two-part series designed to provide practical and understandable (and fun!) training to those leading your workforce.

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Apr
12
April HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 12:00 PM
Quirky HR Legal Questions (and a few Answers) for Employers

This month we're going to address a few quirky legal issues such as marital/family discrimination, handling "gross" matters in the workplace (think hygiene issues), and why you should never, ever serve alcohol to a fish.

We will also leave ample time for an HR Law Q&A when you can ask those burning HR legal questions that are keeping you up at night. Bring your questions, hear what is on your colleagues' minds, and learn a few new things you might not know.

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Mar
8
March HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, March 8, 2018, 12:00 PM
Break out the Toolbox - the Nuts and Bolts of Good Everyday HR Legal Practices

They say "the devil is in the details" and this is very true of HR practices. Sometimes HR professionals and business owners, however, focus on the "big issues" to the unintentional detriment of more mundane HR practices. Yet, personnel files, I-9 forms, record-keeping, and time-tracking can be small things that lead to big headaches. Join us as we review legal compliance of your everyday HR practices, including

  • Personnel files - best practices for "the paper trail"
  • I-9 forms - recent changes and common problems
  • Recordkeeping - what to keep, what to pitch
  • Time-tracking - the good, the bad, and the ugly of compliant timekeeping

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Feb
8
February HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, February 8, 2018, 12:00 PM
What to Do When You Don't "Like" Your Employees' Social Media Activities

Social media is great for connecting with old high school buddies or announcing good news (or, apparently, sharing a picture of your lunch). But what happens when social media invades your workplace to distract employees, compromise your business' reputation, or tie your company to comments and opinions that are contrary to your values? How much control do you have over work-related social media accounts? And who "owns" them? Join us as we discuss

  • Which of your employee's social media activities are protected by law?
  • What your employees can and cannot "get away with" on social media
  • How to draft an effective (and legal!) social media policy
  • Handling ownership of company accounts and content

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Jan
11
January HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, January 11, 2018, 12:00 PM
What's Ahead: The Top HR Legal Issues for 2018

A new year always ushers in new HR legal issues and 2018 is no exception. Join us as we explore the "hot topics" in HR law this year, including

  • Harassment and the "Weinstein" effect
  • The impact of marijuana laws on the workplace
  • Changes the Gig economy is bringing to employment issues
  • Mandatory Flu shots
  • And more!

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Dec
14
December HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, December 14, 2017, 12:00 PM
Hiring and Interviewing
Starting Off Well

Oftentimes employers are so focused on attracting the ideal candidate and asking the right (legal!) questions that little time is dedicated to considering key documents in the hiring process. Because your legal obligations start as soon as you begin thinking about hiring, it vital that all written communications - whether a "want ad" or offer letter - be legally sound. During this HR Lunch & Learn we will discuss the documents related to interviewing and hiring and best legal practices to start off well.

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Nov
9
November HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, November 9, 2017, 12:00 PM
Just Because They Left, Doesn't Mean They Went Away.
Handling Post-Employment HR Matters.

What happens after an employee is no longer an employee of yours? There are lots of things to think about when an employee leaves - whether voluntary or not - and many should be considered before the employee ever starts working for you. Our November HR Lunch & Learn will focus on unemployment compensation, protecting confidential information and trade secrets, handling client/customer poaching, and other common post-employment concerns.

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Oct
19
October HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, October 19, 2017, 12:00 PM
Manager Mayhem Pt.2
The Vital Role of Managers and Supervisors in HR Compliance.

Join us as we continue our discussion with managers and supervisors about the vital role they play in protecting against or defending HR claims. We will focus on identifying common, and often innocent, mistakes made by managers and supervisors and how to avoid them. Managers and supervisors will come away with a better awareness of HR laws, the implications of their actions, and practical ways to support a compliant environment.

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Sep
14
September HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, September 14, 2017, 12:00 PM
Manager Mayhem Pt.1
The Vital Role of Managers and Supervisors in HR Compliance.

Behind every employment claim is a manager or supervisor who did something - right or wrong. More often than not that "something" significantly impacts the outcome of the claim. Educating managers and supervisors about the impact of their actions or inaction is invaluable to protecting against, or defending, an employee's claim. This month's HR Lunch & Learn is part one of a two-part series designed to provide practical training to those leading your workforce.

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Aug
10
August HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, August 10, 2017, 12:00 PM
Where Are All My Employees?
Managing The FMLA, ADA and Other Leave Laws

Does your office sometimes seem like a ghost-town . . . with tumbleweeds blowing down the hall of empty offices? Protected leave - an employee's legal right to take time off - is one of the most frequently used and abused laws. The best way to manage employee absences, and protect yourself from legal claims, is to understand your rights and obligations as an employer. This month's HR Lunch & Learn will cover best practices for handling common leave-related challenges such as coverage, notices, medical certification, and return to work. We will also discuss the interaction between the FMLA, ADA and pregnancy leave laws and how to make it all work - so that your employees can get back to work.

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Jul
13
July HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, July 13, 2017, 12:00 PM
Managing Employee Discipline and Termination
Avoiding New Problems While Trying to Correct Old Ones

Employee discipline and termination is a necessary part of any HR job. Oftentimes, employers are scared of resulting lawsuits or other employment claims. However, you don't want to employ that bad apple forever or allow someone to continue to underperform. During July's HR Lunch & Learn, learn the key considerations when deciding to discipline or discharge someone and the best practices to eliminate problems without creating new ones.

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Jun
8
June HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, June 8, 2017, 12:00 PM
A NLRA Section 7 Primer
What Every Non-Union Employer Needs to Know (hint: it's not about unionizing)

Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act gives all employees, not just union members, the right to collectively address the terms and conditions of their employment. Sounds innocent enough, doesn't it? But this law has become the platform for the employee to excuse outrageous behavior inside the workplace and out -- and the platform to sue non-union employers. This month's HR Lunch & Learn will explain NLRA's Section 7 and the anatomy of a Section 7 claim as it relates to non-union employers.

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May
4
May HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, May 4, 2017, 12:00 PM
Overtime Laws
Why We Can't (and Won't!) Stop Talking About It

Despite the recent flux in overtime laws, the truth remains the same... most employers are unwittingly violating this law. Deciding who is and who isn't exempt (i.e. entitled to overtime pay or not) is not as simple as paying a salary or making an educated guess. The same is true for determining how to pay workers and what time to pay them for (travel time? commutes? "off the clock" work? sleep time? lunch time and breaks?). This month's HR Lunch & Learn will cover these key issues, how to spot mistakes, and the path to FLSA compliance.

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Apr
6
April HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, April 6, 2017, 12:00 PM
EEOC and OCRC - Four Letter "Words"
You Need to Know and Understand

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued its new Strategic Enforcement plan outlining its "hot buttons." The EEOC and its state equivalent, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, will continue to pursue claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, but will also be looking to prosecute claims related to hiring and interviewing, accommodations for disabilities and pregnancy, gender pay inequity and more. Join us as we discuss the EEOC/OCRC's priorities, what to do if a claim comes your way and, better yet, how to avoid them altogether.

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Mar
9
March HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, March 9, 2017, 12:00 PM
The Latest, But Not Necessarily the Greatest, HR Laws
Changes and Trends You May Not Know About but Should

HR Laws continue to grow and change at a rapid pace. It is becoming more and more complicated to know, much less comply with, the myriad of laws that govern employment. Join us to discuss new HR legal issues and trends, including drug-free workplace and safety policies and programs, trade secret protections, marijuana laws and more. We will focus on how these changes impact your workplace and what changes may be necessary to stay compliant.

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Feb
9
February HR Lunch & Learn: Thursday, February 9, 2017, 12:00 PM
Employee Handbooks
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Drafting a strong, legally compliant Employee Handbook is getting harder by the day. Yet, a good Handbook is both essential to communicating with your employees as well as a vital tool for liability protection. During this HR Lunch & Learn, we will discuss the key elements of a sound Employee Handbook as well as those provisions to avoid at all costs.

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About. JMY Law's HR Lunch & Learns are designed to be informative, and dare we say, fun, gatherings where business owners, HR professionals and anyone else is welcome to come and learn about key HR laws in a casual environment. Although presented by an experienced HR attorney, Julie M. Young, these events are geared towards non-attorneys and presented in "real people" (i.e. non-lawyer) language and style.

Attorney attendees. Attorneys are, of course, welcomed and often attend (just don't expect a lot of case names and legalese). Non-HR attorneys, especially business attorneys, find the content useful in helping them help their clients "issue spot" HR legal concerns. If interest demands, we will offer CLE. Let us know if this is of interest.

Food. Lunch is provided by a monthly sponsor. JMY Law encourages the sponsors to offer a variety of options, including vegetarian and gluten-free. We do not, however, have control over what is provided. If you have specific dietary needs, please feel free to bring a lunch. You'll hear the same great information whether you eat the lunch provided or your own, we promise!

Parking. There is plenty of free, easily accessible parking at the HR Lunch & Learn location.

Registered but cannot attend? We don't offer refunds, but you are welcome to send someone in your place (let us know, if you can). If that doesn't work out, contact us at least 24 hours before the event and we'll see what we can work out.

Registering for others. If you wish to register one other person but not yourself, click the "register as a guest" button (do not sign in under your own account), select "individual registration" and enter the information of the person attending.

If you want to register two or more individuals but not yourself, you can sign in or register as a guest, select "group registration" and check the box that says "I am not attending this event . . . "

Want to attend but did not register? You can register online until the time of the event and "walk-ins" are welcomed. Registrations less than 24 hour before the event, however, are not guaranteed a lunch. Space is limited, so we encourage you to register online in advance.

Your information. We do not share your name or contact information with anyone. Keep in mind, however, that if you choose to enter your business card in the door prize drawing, the sponsor may contact you.

SHRM PDCs and HRCI Credit. JMY Law's HR Lunch & Learns are accredited for (1) SHRM PDC per month and one (1) HRCI credit per month. Other JMY Law events, such as workshops and other training, may be earn more PDCs (see individual activity information). Make sure you sign the PDCs form at each HR Lunch & Learn so that we can follow-up with the necessary credit information.

Interested in sponsoring? For more information about becoming an HR Lunch & Learn sponsor, please visit our sponsorship page or contact Maria Womeldorf at maria@jmy-law.com.

Interested in more learning and training opportunities for your business or staff? Julie provides in-depth, personalized in-house training on many of the topics presented at the HR Lunch & Learns, including Manager and Supervisor training, Anti-Harassment/Discrimination training, and workshops on interviewing and hiring, overtime laws and more. Contact Julie at julie@jmy-law.com or 614-842-3314 for more information or if you have a particular training need.

JMY Law, LLC is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. These programs are valid for 1 PDC(s) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org

The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute's® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.