James Venable, JD, SPHR, is the Vice President of Employment Law, Absence and Accommodation Compliance at ReedGroup, where he provides expertise in the areas of Absence Management Compliance and Employee Relations Counseling. Mr. Venable has more than 20 years of experience across senior roles in Legal, Human Resources, and Compliance from several Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Venable joined ReedGroup in April 2018 after serving as Vice President of Human Resources, Employee Relations, Labor Relations, Compliance and Environmental Health and Safety for Comcast, where he was responsible for engagement and labor relations activities for the company’s West Division Business Unit.
He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law, his BA’s in Political Science and English from the University of New Hampshire, and is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts.
Sue Woods, ESQ., is an experienced labor and employment attorney, serves as ReedGroup’s Senior Compliance Counsel charged with ensuring that its absence management products and services are compliant with applicable laws. Sue tracks pending leave laws and writes about new developments affecting leaves and workplace accommodations. She also is a frequent speaker on leave-related topics.
Ashlee Brennan, Esq., Senior Compliance Counsel has a strong background in leave of absence management compliance, conflict resolution, and cross-departmental problem solving. She has worked for several non-profit organizations assisting individuals with disabilities in a variety of roles prior to joining ReedGroup. Her work in the industry has specialized in statutory disability and paid family leave compliance while also providing solutions for FMLA, ADA, and ERISA concerns. Ms. Brennan graduated from Michigan State University College of Law in 2015, and is admitted to the Colorado Bar.
Sarah Wisor, Senior Compliance Counsel, provides legal advice and business support related to leave of absence administration, accommodation management, legislative tracking and analysis, and compliance risk management. Ms. Wisor joined ReedGroup in March 2020, following a decade as a labor and employment defense litigator representing employers before federal and state courts and administrative tribunals. Ms. Wisor frequently writes for ReedGroup’s compliance blog and LeaveAdvisor legal reference database. Ms. Wisor earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan, and her undergraduate degree with distinction from Cornell University. Ms. Wisor is licensed to practice law in Colorado, and has been recognized as a Colorado Super Lawyers® Rising Star, Employment & Labor, from 2014-2019.