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Sara E. Elder

Sara E. Elder

Sears Holdings Management Corporation
Divisional Vice President, Associate Relations and Compliance
Hoffman Estates, IL, USA


Sara Elder was Divisional Vice President, Associate Relations and Compliance for Sears Holdings Management Corporation. In this role, Ms. Elder oversaw the associate relations, labor relations, HR policy, HR compliance, and discrimination charge management functions for Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation. In addition, she was responsible for Sears, Roebuck and Co.’s and Innovel Solutions, Inc.’s affirmative action programs.  Prior to joining human resources, Ms. Elder was Assistant General Counsel, Complex Litigation for Sears, Roebuck and Co., with a focus on class action and commercial litigation, and employment practices. She joined Sears following eight years of private practice, concentrating in the areas of commercial litigation, employment practices, and creditors’ rights.

Ms. Elder has frequently presented and trained on the issues of leave and accommodations management and was a contributing author to the inaugural issue of the West publication Successful Partnering Between Outside and Inside Counsel (Employment Law Section) (1999-2000 ed.). In 2012, Ms. Elder was named as one of the “Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive & Emerging Leaders” by Diversity MBA Magazine.

Ms. Elder graduated from DePaul University College of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the DePaul Business Law Journal, and received her undergraduate degree in history and sociology from Washington University in St. Louis summa cum laude.

Sara E. Elder is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Thorny Issues Involving Reasonable Accommodations Under The Americans with Disabilities Act (July 2017) - Employment Law Institute 2017, Monday, October 23, 2017
Leave Under the Americans with Disabilities Act: A Summary of Recent Cases and Trends, a Post-Severson Analysis, and Compliance Takeaways - Employment Law Institute 2018, Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment Leaves of Absence and Workplace Accommodation: Your Questions Answered - Employment Law Institute 2018, Tuesday, October 23, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Leaves of Absence and Workplace Accommodation: Your Questions Answered - Leaves of Absence and Workplace Accommodation: Your Questions Answered, Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Leaves of Absence and Workplace Accommodation: Your Questions Answered - Leaves of Absence and Workplace Accommodation: Your Questions Answered, Tuesday, October 23, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Leaves of Absence and Workplace Accommodation: Your Questions Answered - Leaves of Absence and Workplace Accommodation: Your Questions Answered, Tuesday, October 23, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Employment Law Institute 2018, Thursday, October 25, 2018, New York, NY
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