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    1/2 Day Employment Law Update with Q&A Session

    Date: November 12, 2014, 8:30am – 1:45pm
    Mt Baker Chapter of SHRM
    Northwood Hall
    3240 Northwest Avenue
    Bellingham, WA 98226
    SHRM Members $55, Non-Members $70. Please see payment options, registration deadline & cancellation policy below.
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    Employment Law Update
    Registration begins: 8:30am
    Program is from 8:45am - 1:45pm (includes Q&A period and lunch)


    Join us for an educational and interactive program of local Attorneys discussing our current legal landscape. 

    8:30 - 8:45        Registration
    8:45 - 9:30        Affordable Care Act - Heather Erb, JD
    9:30 - 10:15      Severance - Bob Butler, JD
    10:15 - 11:00   Understanding Liability When Firing Employees - Edward Alexander, JD                                 
    11:00 - 11:45    WA Supreme Court Update – Jennifer Willner, JD
    12:30 - 1:00      Lunch and Networking
    1:00 -  1:45       Answering your Employment Law Questions - Moderated by Sheri Russell, JD

    Please send us questions that you would like posed to the panel. You may email your questions to Rose Vogel at rose_vogel@yahoo.comWe look forward to seeing you there!


    Attorney Panel Participants:


    Heather Erb, JD

    Bob Butler, JD

    Edward Alexander, JD

    Jennifer Willner, JD

    James Erb, JD

    James Erb is a Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Bellingham.  His responsibilities include providing legal advice to multiple City departments including Human Resources, the Bellingham Public Library, the Whatcom Museum, the Bellingham Municipal Court, and the Information Technology Services Dept.  James also serves as the Public Records Officer for the City and is responsible for training elected officials and city employees on the requirements of the Public Records Act as well as providing support to staff in responding to requests.  In addition, James has represented the City in litigation matters before the City's Hearing Examiner, the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, the Superior Court, and the Court of Appeals.    

    Moderated By:

    Sheri Russell, JD, Bellingham Mediation

    Sheri has 20 years’ experience working in the fields of employment and human resources law and conflict resolution. Her workplace consulting practice focuses on all aspects of equal employment opportunity compliance and supervisor best practices.  She conducts employee complaint investigations, policy audits and drafting, trainings, supervisor coaching, and conflict resolution.  Sheri also works with human resources administrators on disability and religious accommodations, performance-related issues, and workplace violence prevention and response. Sheri’s mediation practice emphasizes collaborative interest-based mediation, facilitated dialogues, training and individual coaching.  Prior to moving to Bellingham in 2008, Sheri owned a law and mediation practice in Idaho, focused on employment and family law, and she was an equal opportunity and diversity department director and administrator for three universities and a large public agency. Throughout her years of experience, Sheri has maintained a strong track-record of helping individuals and organizations take proactive and preventative steps to avoid legal issues, and to appropriately and promptly address issues as they arise.   

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


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    This program is pending been pre-approval for 4 general HRCI recertification credits.



    Registration Fees:

    • SHRM Members - $55
    • Non-Members (local area professionals) - $70

    *We are now offering the option of pre-payment for this event, using Eventbrite. Once you register, you will be given the option to click on a link to pay immediately. Eventbrite charges a small "convenience fee" for this service.

    If you are not able to or do not want to pre-pay, 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.

    Cancellation Policy: In order to receive a full refund of registration fees, cancellation request must be received no later than Friday November 8th.  Registrants will be billed the full price of the event if a cancellation is not received by 5:00 pm on November 8th.  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.