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September Chapter Meeting-HR Fairy Tales: Avoiding the Poisoned Apples
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HR Fairy Tales: Avoiding the Poisoned Apples

When: Thursday, September 19th
Where: RTP Foundation
12 Davis Drive
RTP, North Carolina  27713
United States
Contact: TSHRM Secretary

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Albert Einstein teaches us that to effectively communicate an issue you have to be able to simplify it enough for a six-year-old to understand. This highly interactive and entertaining session will help you achieve this goal. Come to adult story-time, where we will review a childhood fairy tale through an HR and legal lens. There will be games, prizes and maybe even cookies.


At the end of this session, you will leave with tips on how to effectively communicate with your team about the following common management misconceptions:

· “I can fire anybody because they are at-will.”

· “If I pay him a salary, he is not entitled to overtime pay.”

· “She sets her own hours, so she’s an independent contractor.”

· “We can’t ask about his medical condition, so there is no way to figure out an accommodation. We just need to let him go.”



Christine Mayhew is an attorney with Anderson Jones, PLLC, practicing litigation with a focus on employment law. Christine is licensed in both North Carolina and South Carolina, and she has been practicing for nearly two decades, representing both employers and employees. Christine has litigated claims under nearly every state and federal employment law. Her past representative matters include disputes involving Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act, and the North Carolina Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act (REDA). In addition to litigating matters in Court, Christine routinely represents clients before the EEOC and the DOL and in mediation. In addition, Christine has successfully handled numerous unemployment proceedings and has drafted and negotiated various types of employment contracts, including employment and severance agreements, confidentiality agreements, and non-compete agreements. A large percentage of her practice is devoted to representing public school teachers around the state in various personnel related matters and to representing health care professionals in contract negotiations.  She has been named a North Carolina Super Lawyer in the area of employment law and has been voted by her peers into the North Carolina Legal Elite.  She lives in Raleigh with her husband and two children.  

Mimi Soule left traditional employment litigation and established Soule Employment Law Firm to focus on providing business owners and managers with practical advice to help avoid costly litigation. She now focuses her practice on providing employment law and human resources compliance advice, preparing employment-related contracts, and defending employers against administrative claims. As a business owner herself, Mimi understands the importance of budgeting expensesespecially legal costs. 

Prior to founding the Firm, Mimi practiced with Hedrick Murray in Durham, Ice Miller (then Schottenstein Zox and Dunn doing business as SZD Wicker) and Schneider Law Group in Raleigh, and the national firm of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. in Washington, D.C. She has also been voted one of Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite by her peers for 2013 – 2018, helped establish the Women Business Owners Alliance at the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce, and served on the Board of Trustees for Hospice of Wake County Foundation and the Board of Directors for Cary Area EMS & Club Nova. 

As Global Head of Human Resources for TransEnterixShannon Gardner is responsible for the company’s global human resources function, focusing on talent strategy design and supporting business growth. She is responsible for recruitment, employee and organizational development, and setting the worldwide human resources framework.

Previously Shannon held roles as Associate Director, Human Resources Business Partner for R&D, and Senior Manager of Talent Development at Biogen. She also worked at GE Healthcare, where she is a graduate of their Human Resources Leadership Program and held various HRBP roles in multiple business units across medical devices and life sciences. Shannon earned an MBA in International Business from the University of South Carolina and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Dayton.

Erin Spencer (BBA, University of Georgia) has over 15 years of progressive experience in strategic organizational development & alignment, marketing, human resources, finance, IT, M&A, risk management, and operations. She is passionate about empowering teams and clients with the best knowledge and resources available to impact their business. 

For fun, Erin loves to work with teams in a training and development capacity, so they can reach their highest potential and adores public speaking. She is actively involved in the community and serves on numerous boards.