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Melissa S. Gresham Presents "Leading Safety" & Legal Hour with Patrick Maher

  • June 03, 2015
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Cacharel Restaurant 2221 E Lamar Blvd (9th Floor), Arlington, TX 76006


    Leading Safety

Human Resources professionals are required to wear many hats. One trending duty required of the HR department is to manage the safety program. The process involved with managing a safety program includes hazard identification, risk mitigation, understanding OSHA regulations, accident investigation, preventing lost-time injuries, managing claims, and reporting procedures. Depending on the size and complexity of the organization, accidents can be very expensive with direct and indirect costs. Generally, a safety professional would be hired to manage the safety program, but many organizations have delegated that role to the HR department.


Developing an effective safety culture requires a positive perception of safety. The Safety Director or HR Director managing the program must network with a continuous flow of internal and external resources. This collaboration should connect the four components of an OSHA recommended safety program: Management commitment and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and training. Clearly preventing accidents from occurring will reduce claims and workers’ compensation costs. However, if an accident does occur, HR professionals should understand all the hidden factors that contribute to accidents, such as organizational influences, supervisor role, and preconditions. The June meeting will give attendees a starting point for safety.


The most recent SHRM survey on employee financial wellness reported that 70% of HR professionals indicate that personal financial challenges have a significant impact on overall employee performance. Of these HR professionals, about one-half reported that employees’ stress and the ability to focus on work were the key aspects of employee performance that were most negatively affected by personal financial challenges.
Of course, this factors into workplace productivity and employer bottom line profits. Considering a newly released medical related


About Melissa S. Gresham

Melissa S. Gresham is an accomplished safety professional with a decade of experience in creating a sustainable safety culture while improving productivity. She is an experienced speaker, writer, and trainer; leveraging military aviation and intelligence gathering skills to provide innovative solutions to the safety industry. Melissa is a Ph.D. candidate studying Public Policy and Administration; and received her Master of Science in Safety, Security, and Emergency Management.  She has been featured in GI Jobs, Dallas CEO, and various conferences as Key Note Speaker.


Melissa started her career in military intelligence and transitioned to an Army helicopter pilot and Aviation Safety Officer. She is an authorized OSHA outreach trainer, Senior Associate and Director of Health and Safety Programs, and Adjunct Instructor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  She has helped lead clients to OSHA VPP status and successfully led a paradigm shift aimed toward increasing safety knowledge and a predictive safety culture.

The main speaker has been approved for 1.00 recertification credit towards SHRM-CP, and SHRM-SCP through SHRM and 1.00 recertification credit towards PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through HRCI. 

Best Practices in ADA, FMLA, Workers' Compensation & other Leave Laws presented by Patrick J. Maher

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, employers and employees had a simple understanding.  If an employee showed up and worked diligently each and every day, he (or less frequently she) could reasonably expect to keep his (or her) job and be paid.  Otherwise, the employee could soon expect a pink slip and a guided tour to the door.

Well, we have come a long way, Baby!  In the modern work environment, employees have a variety of rights protecting them if, due to certain physical or medical conditions, they are unable, or are incorrectly perceived to be unable, to work to the same extent and in the same manner as other employees.  This presentation is intended to provide a brief synopsis of the most important of these rights. 

About Patrick J. Maher

Patrick Maher received a B.S. with highest honors from the University of Santa Clara and a J.D. with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was a Note & Research Editor on the Texas Law Review.  After graduation, he clerked for Judge Joseph T. Sneed on the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.  Mr. Maher is Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Mr. Maher is a past Chair of the State Bar of Texas Labor & Employment Law Section and of the Tarrant County Bar Labor & Employment Law Section.  He is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Law Attorneys.  Mr. Maher lectures extensively on employment law topics for such organizations as the State Bar of Texas, the Tarrant County and Dallas County Bar Associations, the University of Texas, and the University of Houston.  He currently is a member of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors and  has also served on the Board of Directors of the Tarrant County Bar Association,  the Chisholm Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Board of Trustees of the University of Dallas.  Mr. Maher has been designated as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine (2003-2014), a Top Lawyer in Tarrant County by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine (2003-2013), and as one of the Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White 2006-14).


The legal hour has been approved for 1.00 recertification credit towards SHRM-CP, and SHRM-SCP through SHRM and 1.00 recertification credit towards PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through HRCI. 

All online reservations are due Monday by 5pm. Online registration will be closed at that time. Attendees not registered online will be considered walk-in registrations and will be charged the guest rate of $35.

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