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    "Absenteeism, ADA, FMLA, Performance Problems, Discrimination and Retaliation – How to Navigate the Puzzle and Stay Out of Trouble!"

    Date: January 11, 2012, 11:45am – 1:30pm
    Mt. Baker Chapter of SHRM
    Northwood Hall
    3240 Northwest Avenue
    Bellingham, WA 98226
    See below for prices
    Event Type:
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    Join your HR colleagues in starting 2012 with this interactive and realistic case study of a problem we deal with too often – the lengthy and complicated path of an employee who begins with absenteeism problems, and ends up escalating into FMLA considerations, performance issues, disgruntled co-workers, frustrated supervisors, possible ADA and EEO violations and claims of retaliation. This interactive session provides the opportunity to tackle a complicated case step-by-step, hone your issue-identification and strategic case management skills, plan a course of action that evolves with each twist and turn, and identify your HR and organizational colleagues with subject-matter expertise.

    We’ll work through the case study, created and guided by Sheri Russell, JD. Sheri is the owner of Bellingham Mediation, and has 17 years of experience both as an employment attorney and as an EEO administrator and director for three universities and a large public agency. This true to life case study will provide an excellent opportunity to learn, discuss and collaborate with your HR colleagues, in managing some of the most challenging and complex employee relations and legal issues in our profession.

    About the Presenter: Sheri Russell, J.D. has been a professional mediator, facilitator, trainer, workplace consultant and attorney since 1994, and is the owner of Bellingham Mediation. In addition to resolving conflicts and creating agreements through collaborative, interest-based mediation and facilitated discussions, Sheri provides workplace consulting, supervisor coaching, formal complaint investigation and interactive trainings to organizations and agencies. Prior to opening Bellingham Mediation, Sheri owned a law and mediation practice in Idaho, worked as an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action administrator for three universities, and was the equal opportunity and diversity department director for a large public agency. In these positions Sheri managed all aspects of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action compliance, complaint resolution and investigation, workplace mediation, EEO-AA-ADA-related policy audits and drafting, and diversity initiatives; and worked closely with human resources administrators on disability and religious accommodations, FMLA issues and workplace violence prevention and response. Through her experiences, Sheri has a strong track-record of working with a diverse spectrum of individuals and organizations, addressing and resolving a broad array of employment law and workplace issues. 

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    • Member Lunch & Program: $20.00
    • Non-member Lunch & Program: $25.00
    • Program Only: $12.00
    • Student Lunch & Program: $12.00
    • Student Program Only: FREE

    We accept payment in the form of cash, check, debit card or credit card at the time of check in.

    This program is pre-approval for 1 HRCI recertification credit.

    Registration and lunch begin at 11:45, and include time for networking with other members and chapter announcements. The presentation/program begins around 12:00pm and lasts until approximately 1:30pm (includes a question/answer period).

    Cancellation policy: Registrants will be billed if a cancellation is not received by 5:00 pm on the Monday prior to the luncheon.

    To Cancel an Existing Reservation send the names of the attendees and the date of the event you cannot attend to

    The legal information provided by speakers at our monthly meetings is a service to our members, their guests and other attendees. It is intended to be a source of general information, not opinion or legal advice on any specific situation and does not create an attorney-client relationship with any individual. If you would like more information about any of the legal topics, you are urged to consult with an attorney who is experienced in the particular area of interest. If you need assistance with human resource or labor relations functions, we may be able to refer you to an experienced consultant.