Kansas Chamber of Commerce
United for Business


The Kansas Chamber of Commerce continues to move Kansas towards becoming the best state in America to do business. The member-driven Chamber’s strength comes from its base of Kansas employers from the entire state. These include small, medium and large businesses ranging from one-person firms to large companies with thousands of employees.

 

Employers all across Kansas are fighting higher costs of doing business, including out of control health care costs. The Chamber listens to these Kansas employers and takes their concerns directly to the government decision-makers at the Statehouse in Topeka.

 

 

The Chamber works hard to reduce taxes on business, halt lawsuit abuse, lower unemployment insurance expenses, reduce workers compensation costs, and manage health care costs.

 

 

The Kansas Chamber is growing the ranks of Pro-Jobs Legislators – a group of pro-business legislators in the Capitol. With growing support in both the House and the Senate, Pro-Jobs Legislators work hard to put Kansas on fast forward in a number of major issue areas:

 

 

  • Taxes on business are too high in Kansas. The Kansas Chamber, listening to its members, is working to eliminate income taxes so that Kansas businesses have more to invest and grow.
  • Escalating frivolous lawsuits are taking their toll on Kansas employers and having a chilling effect on economic growth. National studies show the staggering price tag of tort liability costs and the disproportionate effect they have on small business. Lawsuits are a major contributor to rising health care costs.
  • Unemployment Insurance cost reductions are in The Kansas Chamber's crosshairs. The Chamber has lobbied hard to dramatically reduce unemployment insurance costs for more than 50,000 Kansas employers, which have seen their costs increase in the past few years.
  • Workers Compensation costs are increasing due to growing personal injury attorney involvement. Nationally, Kansas has among the highest rate of personal injury attorney involvement and among the most generous contingency fee rate structures. This drives up costs to business, reduces the amount of money that goes to the injured worker and has an impact on job creation.
  • Health care costs are a top concern to business owners in Kansas. The Kansas Chamber and its members propose market-based solutions that-will put more tools in the hands of employers to help manage the fastest rising cost of doing business in Kansas.

 

 

We’re working on all of these issues and more. With the support and backing of Kansas employers, the Kansas Chamber listens to business and then takes the business message directly to everyone who needs to hear it at the Capitol in Topeka.

 

 

Contact the Kansas Chamber at (785) 357-6321 or www.kansaschamber.org for information on how you can join with other employers to lower the costs of doing business in Kansas.

 

Erin Schilling

    Erin Schilling provides advice, counsel, and peace of mind so that employers can focus on what they do best – operating their businesses. 

    She draws on prior experience in the human resources field to provide training and advice to employers on compliance with various state and federal statutes, including Title VII, the Fair Labor Standards Act, affirmative action laws, and, in particular, leave issues concerning the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. In addition, Erin oversees the preparation of affirmative action plans and has successfully defended clients in Department of Labor compliance reviews.

    Erin also represents employers in state court, federal court, and before state and federal agencies, defending clients against allegations of sexual harassment, retaliation, and breach of contract, as well as discrimination claims including age, race, disability, religion, national origin, and sex discrimination.

    Distinctions

    • Selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2013-2015
    • "Rising Star" recognition by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2012
    • "Up and Coming Lawyers" recognition by Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 2008
    • Recipient of Lawyers Association of Kansas City Young Lawyers Public Service Award, 2008

    Memberships

    • American Bar Association
    • Defense Research Institute
      • Young Lawyers Section
        • Publications Committee, 2006-present
    • Kansas Bar Association
      • Labor and Employment Section, 2007-2014 
        • President, 2010
    • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Lawyers Association of Kansas City
      • Young Lawyers Section
        • President, 2009-2010
        • Board of Directors, 2005-2010
    • The Missouri Bar
    • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
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Greg Ballew

    Greg Ballew is a partner in the Kansas City office. Greg has successfully defended employers in state and federal court litigation throughout the United States and in over 80 labor arbitration proceedings, including cases in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

    Greg also assists employers who have received charges of discrimination from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and similar state agencies and counsels employers regarding discipline/termination issues and compliance with employment laws, including wage and hour laws.

    Since 1999, Greg has served as a contributing editor for the American Bar Association (ABA) legal treatise The Developing Labor Law. Greg is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. 

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Michelle Anderson

    Michelle Anderson represents employers in all aspects of employment law in both state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies. Her practice focuses on representing employers against claims of unlawful discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, violations of leave and disability laws, and wage and hour related issues.

    Michelle also litigates and advises employers on issues arising out of employee defection, including the prosecution and defense of claims involving non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, breaches of fiduciary duty and violations of trade secret laws.

    Michelle provides guidance in the areas of employee handbooks, wage and hour compliance, policy and procedure development, and management training. Her entire legal career has focused on labor and employment law.

    Michelle has participated in more than two dozen employment practices reviews; including large multi-state employee handbook and policy reviews that cover all 50 states. She has provided policy advice and evaluation to employers as small as five and to those with thousands of employees.

    Her experience covers a variety of industries, including, but not limited to, staffing, healthcare, dentistry, production, manufacturing, restaurant, and hospitality. Michelle has also conducted wage and hour audits to determine proper employee classifications and payment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

    Prior to practicing law, Michelle had a successful career in workforce development where she operated employment and training programs for a private non-profit corporation under contracts from the Department of Labor (DOL), the Washington State Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development (CTED), and the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).

    Michelle's background in executive management and workforce development has yielded practical knowledge and experience in addressing numerous workplace issues. Michelle has wide exposure to the challenges facing today's businesses and supervisors; ranging from compliance with state and federal employment requirements to hiring, training, evaluating, and retaining employees in an ever changing labor market.

    Michelle was included in Louisiana Super Lawyers - Rising Stars in 2016.

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