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    "Security in the Workplace vs. Employee Privacy and Rights"

    Date: May 9, 2012, 11:45am – 1:30pm
    Mt. Baker Chapter of SHRM
    Northwood Hall
    3240 Northwest Avenue
    Bellingham, WA 98226
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    This presentation discusses all the ways HR professionals can protect their employers from liability for invasion of privacy claims while taking precautions to ensure a secure workplace. 

    The team of Michelle Losie and Jennifer Willner, both management employment attorneys, will provide HR professionals with tips on how to monitor employees’ work-related activities without getting “caught in the act” or overstepping legitimate boundaries of employees’ privacy rights.  They will offer form policies to notify employees of company security protections that limit the employees’ expectation of privacy while performing their job duties.  Topics will include:

    • Intrusive security monitoring measures such as cameras
    • Protection from disclosure of company proprietary information through employee misuse of company-issued or personal devices such as cell phones and computers
    • Social media issues such Facebook or Twitter postings by a disgruntled employee
    • Monitoring employees’ electronic activities both on-duty and off-duty
    • Pre-employment background checks and other investigations
    • Conducting business in compliance with Federal and State privacy laws 

    Click Here for a copy of the presentation slides

    Presented by: Michelle Losie and Jennifer Willner, Attorneys at Law

    MICHELLE D. LOSIE has advised employers and governments on a wide range of employment law matters including discrimination, disciplinary actions, and disability accommodations. She has worked with HR professionals in developing effective personnel policies, drafting separation agreements and complying with employment-related State and Federal laws, rules and regulations. Michelle has also conducted workplace misconduct investigations. Michelle has spoken on employment law issues at seminars presented by the Washington Fire Commissioners Association and the Associated General Contractors. Michelle has also given presentations to employers on a variety of HR issues including sexual harassment.

    In 1989, Michelle received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Regina, Canada and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia. Michelle moved to Bellingham in 2001, and has maintained a law practice, emphasizing employment law, municipal law and a variety of civil litigation matters. She is a member of the WSBA Labor and Employment Law Section.

    Michelle can be reached at (360) 961-2820 or

    JENNIFER R. WILLNER is a member of Halvorson Saunders & Willner, PLLC, and manages the firm’s offices in Bellingham, Washington. The firm focuses its practice on representing employers across the state in the entire range of labor and employment law matters. Collectively the firm’s three partners have over 50 years of labor and employment law experience.

    A significant portion of Jennifer’s practice involves representing employers in audits and administrative proceedings before state and federal agencies, including the Department of Labor & Industries, and appeals of those decisions to the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals; the Employment Security Department, and appeals of those decisions to the Office of Administrative Hearings; the Human Rights Commission; Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; and U.S. Department of Labor. Jennifer is routinely asked to conduct internal workplace investigations where her skills as a fact finder, and her background in psychology, are valuable to employers.

    Jennifer attended Seattle University School of Law, where she was on the Dean’s List for Academic Achievement and graduated cum laude in December 1995. She is a graduate of Reed College, Portland, Oregon receiving her B.A. degree in Psychology.

    Jennifer can be reached at (360) 920-4573 or

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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 has been pre-approved 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.