Employee Relations IG - PLOA: Managing Leave of Absence Policies Outside of Federal/State Guidelines
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*FREE to HRMAC Members* In this session, we will address how to maintain connection & engagement.

When: Tuesday, November 6 2018
8:00 AM Networking & Registration; 8:30 AM -10:00 AM Program
Where: TechNexus
20 North Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois  60606
United States
Contact: Marguerite Allegretti

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Unlike mandated and governed leaves of absence, Personal Leave of Absence is a gray area left unaddressed by many corporate HR policies. This Employee Relations Interest Group program will address how to manage leaves affected by personal issues such as family member illness, mental health, international travel, sabbaticals, parental leave, and more. Learn from Chicago area HR practitioners and legal experts as we explore the risks, benefits, strategies for best practices and lessons learned about this unprotected form of leave. Our panelists will provide a practical perspective on when your employees may consider a PLOA, as well as examples to help illustrate when and how PLOAs can be handled and supported in your organization. 



Mingee Kim, Sr. Vice President at Hub International 

Mingee serves as the national practice leader for HUB’s Workforce Productivity practice, which focuses on absence management.  She has ten years of experience in integrated absence management and process improvement.  She has worked with a wide range of customers both in size and industry. Mingee holds her MHSA, Health Management and Policy from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a B.S., Molecular and Cellular Biology, Communications from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Nicholas Foderaro, Regional Employee Benefits Counsel at USI Insurance Services

Nick provides compliance strategy and consulting on benefit plan legal matters, including ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, the Internal Revenue Code, the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, FMLA, wellness programs, and regulations from federal and state agencies. Nick’s deep understanding of the laws surrounding benefit plans and health insurance help his clients navigate the ever-changing employee benefits regulations and law. Previously, Nick worked for a Chicago law firm that focused its practice on Employee Benefits Law. He holds a law degree and Masters of Laws in Employee Benefits from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago and a B.S. in Business Management from DePaul University.

Marcela Sztainberg, VP of Human Resources at Essendant

Marcela is an HR executive with 20 years of experience in benefits, compensation, wellness, talent acquisition and development. She currently leads the D&I strategy and associate engagement at Essendant. She holds an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and a B.A. from Stony Brook University. 

Christine Binotti, Lead Counsel at Motorola Solutions

Christine has worked closely with HR for the last 10 years proactively counseling HR professionals on all aspects of labor and employment related matters at Motorola. She managed all employment related litigation matters and administrative (EEO) claims and  a broad spectrum of legal compliance areas, including Labor and Employment, Privacy and Data Protection, Employee Benefits/Compensation and Dispute (litigation) Management and Resolution. Christine received her J.D. from Chicago's Loyola University.


The Employee Relations Interest Group is sponsored by Challenger, Gray & Christmas



This program is pending approval for 1.5 credit hours towards PHR/SPHR/SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as well as 1.5 professional development credits (PDC's) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification. 

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