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HR/ Advantage Advisory Vice President, Melinda Lapan, and Clark Hill Attorney Vanessa Kelly to Present at C & A Financial Group’s Seminar Friday, March 29th

March 25, 2019

PRINCETON, NJ – HR/ Advantage Advisory Vice President  Melinda Lapan and Clark Hill attorney Vanessa Kelly will be presenting “What You Don’t Know, Can And Will Be Used Against You” at C & A Financial Group's seminar on Friday, March 29th.

A seminar for local businesses to learn more about the changes in New Jersey Employment Laws and ways to help mitigate their risk. The presentation addresses paid sick leave, family leave law, equal pay act and many more hot topics.

What You Don't Know, Can and Will Be Used Against You

Many small businesses or charitable organizations often operate on a tight budget and despite the lack of resources, they are held to the same standards as large employers. All businesses must adhere to the same employment laws in New Jersey, whether they have one employee or thousands. That is why it is crucial that businesses know the key employment laws affecting all employers and know where to look for help and guidance in this complex and ever-changing terrain.

Our seminar will focus on the employment laws impacting businesses in New Jersey, including some recent changes to the New Jersey landscape. Some businesses may not be in compliance with the law, not because the business leaders are knowingly violating the law, but because business owners just “don’t know what they don’t know” related to employment laws. Our seminar will provide information about New Jersey’s Paid Sick Leave, the amendment to New Jersey’s Family Leave Law and paid family leave insurance, New Jersey’s comprehensive Equal Pay Act, and the changes to medical and recreational marijuana laws and the impact on employers.

Attend this seminar in order to learn more about the employment laws impacting your organizations and ways to mitigate your risk.

To register, please click here.

Melinda Lapan


Vice Preseident of HR/ Advantage Advisory

Melinda brings with her over 20 years of Generalist experience in Human Resources, having worked in various HR leadership roles in a variety of industries. Prior to joining HR/Advantage Advisory, she was Vice President of Human Resources for ITS Technologies & Logistics, LLC where she reported to the CEO and was responsible for the company’s overall HR strategy and operations. Previously, she held the position of Director of Human Resources for companies such as AIG, TRAC Intermodal, and Premier Retail Services. Melinda has been a Strategic Business Partner to CEOs and other business leaders and her responsibilities have spanned all functions within HR: Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Compensation, Benefits, Employee Relations & Engagement, Training & Development, Facilities, Mergers & Acquisitions, Event Planning, and Change Management.

Melinda earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Melinda is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and is a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). She has been a long-time member of and volunteer with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a global professional association with over 285,000 members worldwide. She was the President of two SHRM-affiliated Chapters in NJ: The HRMA of Princeton and the Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources. Melinda was also the Chairperson for the 25th Annual Garden State Council – SHRM Annual Conference & Expo in 2016.

Vanessa Kelly

Senior Counsel, Labor & Employment

Vanessa M. Kelly’s clients seek her experienced, confident counsel in addressing their employee management needs. She provides legal services including risk assessment and risk avoidance in employee terminations, accommodating disabilities, addressing workplace misconduct, protecting key personnel and proprietary information, performing reductions in force, and implementation of workplace policies designed to avoid disputes and comply with state and federal law.  Her clients appreciate her focused and pragmatic approach to resolving their problems, her creative and collaborative energy and her passion for assisting her clients achieve the best possible outcome.  Vanessa’s clients know she has the experience and aptitude they require.  She is a Martindale Hubbell® AV Preeminent rated attorney and a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.® 

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