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Keller Graduate School of Management-Tinley Park, Illinois
1/93-11/93 PARALEGAL CERTIFICATE
Roosevelt University- Chicago, Illinois
Lawyer’s Assistant Program, ABA-Approved Generalists Curriculum
8/88-8/92 BACHELOR’S OF SCIENCE DEGREE in Criminal Justice Sciences/Legal Studies,
Illinois State University- Normal, Illinois
10/16-04/19 LSC COMMUNICATIONS, LLC Warrenville, IL
Sr. Workplace Compliance and Inclusion Specialist, HR
Develop and publish 51 LSC Communications AAPs using company data and BalanceAAP twice a year.
Distribute AAPs to over 50 LSC HR EEO Partners.
Conduct 50 AAP one on one review meetings with LSC HR EEO Partners.
Host regular town hall calls to provide guidance, tools and resources for the success of our AAP.
Develop and administer management presentations twice a year to ensure that the company is aligned with all AAP goals and initiatives.
Audit compliance activities of management and all LSC HR EEO Partners for over 100 LSC locations throughout the year.
Onboard and provide in person training for all new LSC HRMs on the AAP process.
Audit I-9 database to ensure I-9 Compliance.
Facilitate and Assist with LSC Mock Audit Program.
Update and Maintain LSC EEO/AA Google Site.
Handle all EEO-1s and VETS4212 Reporting for over 100 LSC Communications US locations
Active member of the Illinois Chicago Metro Liason Group and attend quarterly meetings.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Developed and implemented the LSC D&I Corporate Inclusion Council.
Link LSC’s D&I strategy with the overall business strategy and emphasize the importance of the D&I initiatives for the company.
Support senior leadership with understanding and aligning with D&I initiatives.
Create and implement D&I initiatives for the company.
Update and Maintain LSC D&I Google Site.
Active member of the Advisory Board of the Illinois Diversity Council
Active member of the Activities Committee of the Illinois Diversity Council
5/15-10/16 RR DONNELLEY & SONS Chicago, IL
Sr. Compliance Analyst, HR
Assisted RRD with the company spin-off by facilitating the AAP process spin-off into three different and distinct companies.
Trained my counterparts for the two new companies in the AAP process and procedures.
Developed and published RRD AAPs using company data and BalanceAAP twice a year.
Distributed AAPs to RRD EEO Coordinators
Conducted town hall meetings to provide guidance, tools and resources for the success of RRD’s AAP.
Developed and administered management presentations.
Handled all governmental reporting such a EEO-1s and VETS4212.
Facilitated Mock Audit program.
4/13-5/15 SOFTPATH SYSTEM/ABBOTT LABS Abbott Park, IL
EEO Compliance Specialist
Directs goals and programs designed to increase and support diversity, inclusion, and compliance.
Assist in the development and implementation of multiple Affirmative Action Programs across the U.S., with significant involvement in the management of compliance reviews by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
Gather data and documentation in support and preparation for Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) audit responses, in addition to completing any requests for AA/EEO data in response to a Request for Proposal (RFP).
Compile, edit, review, and/or prepare numerical and/or statistical data for governmental reporting.
Monitor and examine trends and patterns in recruitment, selection, hiring, promotional, and other personnel activities to assess financial risk to the company.
Demonstrate experience in AA programs, compliance with federal laws and regulations, and coordinating staffing activities.
Review all personnel actions, policies, and procedures to ensure compliance with Abbott’s Affirmative Action obligations.
Assist in the identification of problem areas and the development of solutions to those problems.
Keep management informed of equal opportunity progress and problems within the company through periodic reports.
Serve as liaison between Abbott and governmental enforcement agencies and third party organizations.
Provide departmental managers with a copy of the AAP and review the program with them on an annual basis to ensure knowledge of their responsibilities for implementation of the program.
10/12-3/13 SUNRISE SYSTEMS/GE CAPITAL Chicago, IL
Paralegal- GECA (Contractor)
Cleared and resolved all Actimize alerts. Reviewed watch list alerts and adverse media results to determine whether or not the party selected matches our customer; determine if there is an AML, operational, reputational, or financial risk associated with conducting business transactions with the party.
Performed AML due diligence checks on prospective customers, related parties, investors and suppliers using research tools and external data sources. Conducted research and analysis to render a judgment as to a positive or false hit; determined if the level of the risk is high, moderate or low; corresponded with various departments to gather pertinent information; escalated issues to management as necessary.
06/09-05/12 US FOODS, INC. Rosemont, IL
Sr. Employment Paralegal
Utilized extensive knowledge of federal, state and local employment laws and regulations, specifically EEO, ADA, ADEA, FMLA and ERISA
Assisted employment attorneys and human resources with OFCCP audits, DOL audits, OSHA citations, EEOC Charges, FMLA matters, ERISA matters, and various other employment law matters.
Trained and advised new Sr. Employment Paralegals during on-boarding process.
Reduced legal costs by conducting high level and extensive legal research of legal matters for employment attorneys on the internet, Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis.
Created 50 state surveys on employment legal matters to ensure compliance with all applicable state laws.
Drafted restrictive covenant offensive and defensive correspondence to protect the Company's competitive stance within the marketplace.
Reviewed and assessed restrictive covenant agreements of potential sales associates to determine legal compliance and legal obligations to competitors.
Assisted outside legal counsel with discovery responses and other legal matters.
Conducted internal I-9 audits and partnered with HR internal clients to ensure I-9 compliance.
Assisted HR internal clients to ensure legal compliance regarding company rules, procedures and policies.
Created and compiled weekly, monthly and quarterly employment litigation reports to identify trends and to track legal spend.
Tracked and monitored EEOC Charges and Employment Litigation activity by using the CT TyMetrix 360 matter management system.
08/06-07/08 SARA LEE CORPORATION Downers Grove, IL
Labor & Employment Paralegal
Partnered with Labor Relations team to review and assess grievances and related matters
Served as link between management and employment attorneys by handling questions, interpreting company policy and procedures and helping to resolve employment related problems.
Partnered with HR Business Partners to prepare quality responses and position statements.
Responded to internal and external inquiries about discrimination, harassment and related issues.
Reduced legal costs by approximately 50% percent for our North American business partners by drafting high quality responses to charges of discrimination and position statements that were strategically analytical and persuasive, leading to 90 % successful dismissals.
Supported labor and employment attorneys in obtaining information for outside counsel on pending litigation by working cooperatively with our HR business partners, benefits team, and other lawyers and paralegals.
Partnered with Billing Administrator to create accurate and effective reports
Created and implemented an internal system of tracking internal complaints and EEOC charges to identify any red flags or trends developing within the Company.
Conducted extensive legal research on Lexis/Nexis and Westlaw legal support systems to provide attorneys with applicable case law for various legal issues. Researched applicable state law, statutes, ordinances, codes in order to substantiate any legal claims asserted by our attorneys.
11/98-08/06 CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY, (CTA) Chicago, IL
Senior Paralegal, Labor & Employment
Conducted high level investigations, fact finding interviews with management and legal research and responded to EEOC, IDHR and local discrimination charges.
Interpreted and analyzed labor and employment laws and trends.
Attended trials, labor arbitration hearings, depositions and fact-finding conferences with attorneys.
Coordinated and trained paralegals and support staff on litigation-related projects.
Maintained labor and corporate DM 2000 docket and law bulletin systems.
Assisted attorneys with factual and legal research.
Prepared case outlines, deposition and medical records abstracts and trial notebooks.,
Prepped witnesses for depositions, trials and related proceedings.
Maintained repository of applicable union contracts for attorneys.
Conducted legal research and drafted Memorandums of law for attorneys; responses to discovery requests.
Implemented and maintained grievance arbitration hearings monthly calendar.
COMPUTER SKILLS/SYSTEMS EXPERIENCE
Microsoft Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Access 2010, Project 2010, Outlook 2010, CT Summation, iBlaze, Concordance, Lexis/Nexis, Westlaw, DM2000, I-Manage, E-Counsel, Prolaw, CT TyMetrix 360, Pacer/Racer, Law Bulletin, Group Wise for Windows, Oracle/ Peoplesoft, SAP Personnel System, Taleo, Complinet, Lexis/Nexis Bridger Insight XG, Peoplefluent, Workday, D&B, Berkshire BalanceAAP, E-Verify
Society of Human Resource Management (“SHRM”)
Society of Human Resource Management-Chicago Chapter (“SHRM”)
National Black MBA Association (“NBMBAA”)
Chicago Metro Liason Group (“ILG”)
Illinois Diversity Council (“ILDC”): Board of Directors; Activities Committee