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March 14th 2023 – Athey and Saul
Eric Athey and Micah Saul, McNees Wallace & Nurick
Eric N. Athey
Eric is co-chair of the Labor and Employment Group and Chair of the Employee Benefits Group.
Eric provides counseling and representation to employers on a wide range of labor and employment matters, including compliance assistance with laws such as the FMLA, ADA, OSHA and wage and hour laws. Eric routinely helps unionized and non-union clients navigate difficult situations involving allegations of discrimination and harassment, as well as labor negotiations and arbitrations, employment contracts, and employment policy development. Eric represents private and public sector employers before state and federal courts, arbitrators and administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, National Labor Relations Board, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Wage and Hour Division.
Micah T. Saul
Micah is a Member in the Firm’s Labor and Employment Group.
With over a decade of legal experience, Micah knows that the law can often be challenging to navigate alone. That is why he strives to offer clients accessible, practical advice on a variety of legal issues. He regularly counsels employers on matters involving employee management and workplace policies, discrimination and harassment, labor concerns and collective bargaining, and workers’ compensation. Micah believes that the best way to reduce clients’ exposure to compliance issues, grievances, and lawsuits is to help them find pragmatic, proactive solutions to their legal needs.
Litigation cannot always be avoided, and when necessary, Micah passionately represents employers before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and arbitrators. He has successfully defended clients against discrimination and harassment suits, labor grievances, workers’ compensation claims, and other employment-related actions. He has also secured the early dismissal of claims against employers through motions practice and, when appropriate, favorable settlements. Micah provides efficient, cost-effective, and creative advocacy that is focused only on achieving the best possible outcome for clients.
When not advising or advocating on behalf of employers, Micah routinely speaks on workplace issues, including emerging topics in employment best practices, discrimination and harassment, workers’ compensation, and wage and hour laws.
Micah lives in Lancaster with his wife and four children. He has served the community by sitting on the board of directors and committees for various non-profit and community organizations. He also provides volunteer legal services to local non-profit organizations through McNees’s pro bono program.
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Made possible by a grant through the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board, in
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Janel Cross Bio
“Having joined the industry in 2001, days before the 9/11 terror attacks, I know the debilitating power of fear. In 2007, I launched my firm, Align, just months before the Financial Crisis. I’ve been blessed to endure and succeed in hard times in spite of fear and uncertainty, the same things faced by hard-working folks trying to save for a brighter tomorrow.
This understanding and a tireless determination to positively impact the lives of others are at the heart of everything I do.”
Workplace Healers – Samm Smeltzer, M.Ed., MMQ
Samm Smeltzer Bio
Samm Smeltzer, PHR, SHRM-CP, Founder and Chief Vision Officer, The HRart Center
Samm Smeltzer has passionately pursued the missing elements for employee engagement within organizations, and this path has led her to a place the working world often avoids, Spirituality and Eastern Medicine. She has since combined both her roles as an HR Visionary and a Medical Qigong Healer to heal disengaged workplaces and guide leaders and employees to discover their own professional purpose and passion.
Prior to this journey, Samm began her career serving as an HR Manager within two U.S. based retail companies and was responsible for multiple store sites in various states. She then transitioned industries to healthcare where she developed and implemented company-wide educational programs for leadership and staff at a large Central Pennsylvania Healthcare System. Samm has functioned as a consultant to enhance team and individual performance. Samm’s dedicated efforts resulted in multiple awards, two of them being 2013 Organizational Learning & Development Educator of the Year and Penn State’s 2015 Outstanding Graduate Student in Training and Development. Samm’s experience combined with her desire to create workplaces with thriving employees resulted in the creation of the HRart Center (pronounced “heart”), a boutique consulting firm devoted to corporate wellness and growth. She is the author of three books, the newest of which is called Workplace Healers. HR leader, Qigong healer, coach, author, and avid podcaster, Samm Smeltzer is on a mission to revolutionize HR and heal the working world.
Educational Resources for YOU!
Local resources for HR advancement:
Lancaster County Workforce Development Board
Local Graduate Programs in HR
DeSales University MBA with HR Concentration
Moravian College Master’s in HR Program
Moravian College MBA with HR Concentration
Cedar Crest College Master of Science HR Management
Penn State Online – Graduate & Undergraduate Programs
Local Undergraduate Programs with HR Concentrations
Lehigh Carbon Community College HR Management AAS
Lehigh Carbon Community College HR Management Certificate
Millersville University – Management Concentration: Human Resources
Muhlenberg College Bachelor’s Degree in HR (Wescoe School)
DeSales University (ACCESS Program) Bachelor’s Degree in HR Management
Wharton University of Pennsylvania – HR Management and Analytics 2 Month Certificate
SHRM Essentials of HR Management
Scholarships Available through SHRM
SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP)