HR Hotline

Meet the Experts

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Receive thorough, plain-English answers to your most pressing questions, complete with resources and reference.
Available through phone, chat or email from the most highly respected experts in the industry, with the urgency you need.

Patricia Trainor, JD, SPHR
Vice President, Content and Events

Before joining BLR and the HR Hero team, Trainor represented employers and school districts in labor and employment matters in state and federal court, before the EEOC, and before the Illinois Human Rights Commission. Ms. Trainor received her law degree magna cum laude from Loyola University Law School in Chicago, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the national Human Resources Certification Institute.

Catherine Moreton Gray, JD
Senior Managing Editor

Ms. Gray brings over 20 years combined experience in HR management and as a management-side labor and employment attorney. She regularly counseled employers on issues such as complying with federal and state wage and hour laws, accommodating employees with disabilities, complying with federal and state laws requiring paid sick leave and family and medical leave, and union avoidance and labor relations

Chris Ceplenski,  Managing Editor, News

Celeste Duke, SPHR, Managing Editor

David Slaughter, JD, Senior Legal Editor

Holly Jones, JD, Senior Legal Editor

Joan Farrell, JD, Senior Legal Editor

Sharon McKnight, BLR Senior Editor

Susan Prince, JD, M.S.L.,  Legal Editor

Nancy McDermott, JD,  Legal Editor