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Lauren M. Sobaski

Associate, Kansas City
Kansas City
t: 816.460.1237
f: 816.842.8767

Overview

Lauren Sobaski focuses her practice on employment discrimination and related litigation, employment law training, wage and hour law, and business immigration compliance. Prior to engaging in the practice of law, Lauren spent 15 years in human resource management. This experience gives her a unique insight into the employment law matters that are most important to her clients. Lauren’s significant career in human resources positions her well to work with her clients to identify and obtain practical business solutions to their toughest employment issues.

Lauren regularly advises employers with business compliance matters, including representing clients during government audits by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division (WHD). She also conducts I-9 and E-Verify compliance training, performs I-9 audits and speaks on workplace immigration topics.

Lauren is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), which is issued by the Human Resource Certification Institute, and a Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

During law school, Lauren served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr. in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri. She also interned at the U.S. Department of Labor Office of the Solicitor, where she worked on OSHA and wage and hour investigations.

Honors & Leadership

Professional Activities

  • Member, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • SPHR, Senior Professional in Human Resources. Human Resource Certification Institute
  • SHRM-SCP, Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional
  • Member, Missouri Automobile Dealers Association
  • Member, New England Small College Athletic Conference, Kansas City Alumni Chapter
  • Member, National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO)

Insights

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Back to Business: Bringing the Workforce Back to Work
    Overland Park Chamber of Commerce
    5.7.2020
  • COVID-19 – What Employers Need to Know
    Warrensburg Missouri Chamber of Commerce
    4.29.2020
  • COVID-19 – What Employers Need to Know
    University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law CLE
    4.9.2020
  • How the FFCRA and CARES Act Impact your Organization
    Missouri Automobile Dealers Association and Kansas Automobile Dealers Association
    4.3.2020
  • New DOL Overtime Rule
    Lee’s Summit, MO Chamber of Commerce
    2.18.2020 
  • Drugs in the Workplace & Changing Marijuana Laws:  Working Through The Haze
    Southeast Kansas SHRM
    2.20.2020
  • New DOL Overtime Rule
    Blue Springs, MO Chamber of Commerce
    1.14.20
  • Weed in the Workplace, Evolution of Cannabis Law
    Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
    11.22.2019
  • In the Weeds – Navigating Medical Marijuana in the Workplace
    South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
    11.21.2019
  • New Department of Labor Overtime Rule
    South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
    11.12.2019
  • Drugs in the Workplace & Changing Marijuana Laws; When OSHA Calls; How to Survive When the Government Comes Knocking
    WKHRMA - Western Kansas Human Resource Management Association
    10.23.2019
  • Drugs in the Workplace & Changing Marijuana Laws; Conducting Effective Employment Investigations; Violence and Bullying Issues in the Workplace;  Creating a Culture of Inclusiveness  
    Kansas SHRM Legislative and Employment Law Seminar
    10.11.19
  • How to Survive an Audit - from I-9 Inspections to ICE Raids and DOL Investigations
    Annual Employment and Compliance Seminar Human Resource Management of Northwest Missouri
    10.15.19
  • Webinar: Investigating Complaints Entangled with Performance Related Issues
    Aurora Training Advantage
    8.22.19
  • Labor Law Lunch Series: Medical Marijuana Comes to Missouri
    MU Extension and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Kansas City, MO
    8.21.19
  • What’s On the Menu? Medical Marijuana and the Employer
    Raymore Chamber of Commerce & Raytown Chamber of Commerce
    June-July 2019
  • Handling Employees with Disabilities
    Human Resources Professionals Association of Greater Emporia
    6.12.19
  • PTO Options Explained
    Aurora Training Advantage Webinar
    4.26.19
  • Medical Marijuana in Missouri: New Law Brings New Questions for Missouri Dealerships
    Blue Springs, Springfield, Girardeau, St. Louis and Jefferson City, MO
    Missouri Automobile Dealers Association
    April 2019
  • In the Weeds: Navigating Legal Marijuana in Missouri Workplaces
    Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce
    1.15.19
  • Handling Employees with Disabilities – Beyond the Basics
    Aurora Training Advantage
    12.4.18
  • What Your Managers Don’t Know Can Hurt You – Top 10 Employment Law Pitfalls Facing Auto Dealers
    Springfield, Cape Girardeau, St. Louis, Blue Springs and Columbia, MO
    Missouri Automobile Dealers Association
    August-October 2018
  • Chapter Program: Here's Why Employees Sue You, St. Joseph, MO
    HRMA of Northwest Missouri
    1.16.18
  • Labor and Employment Law Update – Kansas City, MO
    NAPEO Heartlands Leadership Council Forum
    12.5.17
  • Employment Law Update - Columbia, MO
    Missouri Auto Dealer Association
    December 2017
  • Piecing Together the Employment Law Puzzle
    Western SHRM Conference
    10.26.17
  • Employment Law Update - St. Charles, MO
    Missouri Auto Dealer Association
    9.21.17
  • Employment Law Update - Blue Springs, MO
    Missouri Auto Dealer Association
    7.19.17

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