SHRM-KC Monthly Luncheon - Navigating the Gray Zone: Sophisticated Problems (and Solutions)
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When: September 10th
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Grand Street Cafe
4740 Grand
Kansas City, Missouri 
United States
Contact: Lori Maher McCombs, Executive Director
(913) 948-8623

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Navigating the Gray Zone:

Sophisticated Problems (and Solutions) for Sophisticated HR Professionals!

Julie McKee, JD

FineLine HR Consulting, LLC


September 10, 2019 | 11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m | Grand Street Cafe

The most challenging HR issues are often found in the gray area – somewhere between absolute right and absolute wrong.  In this presentation, Julie McKee, labor and employment attorney, will highlight the most common gray areas that lurk in HR and best practices for analyzing the issues.  Julie will address complex and evolving HR issues within the arena of mental health initiatives, background checks, and the legalization of marijuana.  We’ll also uncover the hidden timebombs that exist in routine matters of discrimination, retaliation and harassment.  The discussion will also cover recent developments that impact the gray zone including new Department of Labor Opinion letters, new rulings by the National Labor Relations Board, and the latest in recently passed Federal and state workplace laws.  You do not want to miss Julie’s timely and informative presentation!


About our speaker.  Julie McKee has a wide breadth of experience working in a variety of roles throughout her career, including serving as General Counsel of a medical device company, Spinal Simplicity LLC;  owning a Human Resources Consulting Firm, FBD Consulting, LLC; and achieving equity Partner in a large, national law firm, now known as Stinson.  Julie brings her combined experience from each of these unique positions to advise and counsel clients on a wide variety of employment-related legal and HR consulting matters.

Julie is a strong advocate for the importance of pro-active HR initiatives to help companies stay ahead of the curve on employment-related matters.  Julie routinely engages with clients to develop HR strategies that ensure compliance, while focusing on the importance of people and workplace culture.  She furthered these efforts by authoring the book, “Lifeguard, Babysitter, Executioner:  A Real-World Guide to Hiring, Firing & Building a Winning Workforce.”

Julie is a highly sought-after public speaker and trainer having provided training and workshops to clients across every industry ranging in size from 5 to 5,000+ employees on a wide variety of employment-related topics.  Julie also led the development of a HR consulting platform for a publicly-traded insurance brokerage firm, National Financial Partners.

Julie is a proud Jayhawk and graduated with Distinction from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Personnel Administration & Communications. She received her Juris Doctorate degree with Honors from Washburn University School of Law where she was an Editor of the Washburn Law Review.

Julie is a Co-Founder and Board Member of the “Big Slick Celebrity Weekend,” a philanthropic event that has raised over 10 million dollars in the past 10 years for Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark, and their three daughters, Mallory, Chandler and Brooke.

This program has beensubmitted for 1.0 hour of PHR/SPHR recertification credit through the HR Certification Institute ( and SHRM CP/SCP professional development credit through SHRM (

Registration Fees

Members - $35

Non-Members - $50

Student Members - $10

Program Schedule

11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - New Member Orientation

11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Luncheon & Program

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