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    1/2 Day Employment Law Workshop

    Date: November 14, 2012, 7:45am – 1:00pm
    Mt Baker Chapter of SHRM
    Northwood Hall
    3240 Northwest Avenue
    Bellingham, WA 98226
    SHRM Members $45, Non-Members $60. We accept payment in the form of cash, check or credit card and must be paid at the time of check in at the event. See cancellation policy below.
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    Employment Law Workshop
    Registration begins: 7:45am
    Program is from 8:30am - 1:00pm (includes Q&A period and lunch)

    Laws governing the workplace are complex.  Every year, new regulations are enacted at both the federal and state levels.  HR professionals are charged with keeping current with these ever-changing legal obligations.  After the success of last year’s event, the Mt. Baker Chapter of SHRM is again offering a workshop covering the most urgent employment law challenges facing HR professionals today:


    Using and Enforcing Non-Competition Agreements and The Broad Reach of the National Labor Relations Act


    Jennifer Willner, Partner,
    Halvorson, Saunders & Willner, PLLC, Labor and Employment Attorneys

    Presentation description:  Professional employees, employees who are exposed to confidential information and employees who are especially valuable to an employer are often asked to sign agreements containing “non-compete” covenants restricting the employee’s ability to work in competition with their current employer.  These agreements typically prohibit the employee from soliciting the current employer’s customers and restrict the employee’s activities within a geographic radius for a set period of time.  Many employees believe non-competition agreements are unenforceable.  Not so.  This discussion will focus on the three part test that Washington courts use to enforce a non-compete and how employers should these agreements to maximize the chances of enforceability.

    Employers with nonunionized workforces are often surprised to learn that the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) also extends to the non-union workplace and bestows the same rights upon non-union employees.  This discussion will focus on the specific rights granted to employees, both union and non-union, by the NLRA and a few recent, significant decisions of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”). 


    Employment and Progressive Discipline


    Richard A. Davis III,
    Chmelik Sitkin & Davis P.S.

    Presentation description:  Topics for discussion include:

    • Employee Discipline:  Avoiding Procedural Pitfalls, Insurance Considerations, At-Will Employment – what does it mean?
    • Effect of Employment Contracts on Employment Relationship
    • How does the Employee Manual Alter the Employment Relationship?
    • Is there “Just Cause” or Good Cause” to discipline?
    • Discrimination and retaliation Considerations
    • Weingarten Rights
    • Loudermill hearing (for public sector employers)
    Topic: Wage and Employment Law Updates (2012)

    Jeffrey P. Fairchild,
    Adelstein Sharpe & Serka.

    Presentation description:  Employment laws continually change and it is imperative that HR professionals are up to date on how new regulations and amendments to current laws impact the workplace.  Jeff will provide attendees with updates on current and proposed regulations that impact the workforce and employers.


    Employer/Employee Investigations at the Workplace


    Michelle Losie,
    Attorney at Law

    Presentation description:  Workplace investigations can be disruptive, reduce productivity and morale; it’s essential that HR professionals and management conduct prompt, thorough and fair investigations.  Michelle will provide guidance and best practices for conducting effective and lawful workplace investigations.

    Topic: Social Media in the Workplace Update (2012)
    Presenter: Karen Funston, Buri Funston & Mumford

    Presentation description:  Karen Funston, a founding partner at Burl, Funston & Mumford will discuss what an effective social media policy should contain, how to enforce social media polices, and updates and concerns related to social media.

    **A box lunch will be provided and included in the workshop price above**

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    This program is pre-approved for 4 general HRCI recertification credits.

    Registration and check-in begins at 7:45am. The Workshop begins around 8:30am and lasts until approximately 1:00pm (includes a question/answer period).  A box lunch will be provided.

    **Due to limited seating and popularity of this event, please register as soon as possible to reserve your seat today!

    Cancellation Policy: In order to receive a full refund of registration fees, cancellation request must be received no later than Mon November 5th.  Registrants will be billed if a cancellation is not received by 5:00 pm on November 5th.  Email cancellation request 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.