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.

 

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. 

James Sullivan

    James Sullivan regularly defends clients against claims that could hugely impact their businesses. He focuses his practice on the defense and trial of a wide variety of employment claims, including: 

    • Discrimination claims 
    • Wrongful termination claims 
    • Fair Labor Standards Act claims 
    • Other wage claims 
    • Officer and director liability claims 
    • Contract disputes

    James has also successfully represented employers across the nation, defeating attempts to certify employment claims as class actions. In addition to large complex litigation, he has successfully tried claims alleging sexual harassment, race discrimination, age discrimination, and breach of employment agreements, including restrictive covenant issues.

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.