Meet the LeaveAdvisor® Team

Megan Holstein Megan Holstein, Vice President of Compliance

Megan Holstein, Esq., is Vice President of Compliance at ReedGroup. Ms. Holstein provides leadership, product creation, and effective guidance to ensure Reed Group’s software and service products are best in class and compliant with governing law. Specifically, Ms. Holstein's work focuses on, and she has developed an expertise in, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and their state law equivalents as well as disability and family leave benefits, including ERISA as it pertains to short- and long-term disability plans.

Ms. Holstein is the product owner for Reed Group’s ADA and Workplace Accommodation product offering. Ms. Holstein co-authored Reed Group’s LeaveAdvisor online reference tool and Reed Group’s white papers regarding leave as an accommodation under the ADA, absences and accommodations for pregnant employees, and paid sick leave laws.

Ms. Holstein’s experience in employment law and leave of absence compliance includes in-house counsel with two publicly traded companies and her own consulting and law firm where she provided legal counsel regarding all employment matters, conducted compliance audits, training, and workplace investigations. Prior to her in-house counsel position and consulting firm, Ms. Holstein was in private practice where she represented clients in state and federal courts and agency proceedings in all areas of employment law.

Ms. Holstein received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Colorado School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she graduated with highest honors and received Phi Beta Kappa.

Ms. Holstein is admitted to practice in Colorado and New York. She volunteers her time at Peak to Peak Charter School, a nationally ranked top-100 school, where she has served as a board member and board president as well as a member of the following committees: curriculum, accountability, and hiring and organizational development. Ms. Holstein is a former planning commissioner for the Town of Erie, Colorado.

Megan Holstein Lori Welty, Compliance Attorney

Lori Welty is a Compliance Attorney with Reed Group, Ltd. where she focuses on state, federal, and local leave law compliance. She has authored and co-authored numerous leave of absence and employment law blog articles and whitepapers, including the recent "The Baby Bump – Navigating the Rocky Road of Absences and Accommodations with Pregnant Employees" whitepaper. Prior to working for Reed Group, Ms. Welty worked as an attorney for a national furniture retailer in the areas of employment and real estate law, and as an employment and general business litigator for a large Denver law firm. She graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law as an Order of the Coif candidate, and received her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University where she was inducted into the Golden Key National Honor Society. Ms. Welty is licensed to practice law in Colorado.

Lucy Shannon Lucy Shannon, Director of Editorial Research and Development

Lucy Shannon drives the content research and development behind The Medical Disability Advisor ®, which is now part of Reed Group’s web-based, return-to-work toolkit, MDGuidelines®. She is responsible for new product initiatives within the Guidelines business, including an integration of data and content on occupational health, clinical treatment guidelines, medical and statutory return-to-work considerations, and predictive and preventive recommendations. With her editorial experience, she copy edited the LeaveAdvisor®, in order to match the accuracy provided by the legal team with the tone amenable to the spectrum of users who rely on MDGuidelines®. Before joining Reed Group in 2001, she worked with banking and engineering firms on issues of accounting and compliance. Ms. Shannon has 11 years of experience with Reed Group and holds a B.S. from the University of Oregon.

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