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    An Overview of Legislative Issues Affecting HR

    Date: November 9, 2016, 11:45am – 1:30pm
    Mt. Baker Chapter of SHRM
    Northwood Hall
    3240 Northwest Avenue
    Bellingham, WA 98226
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    An Overview of Legislative Issues Affecting HR –
    A Look Forward by Reviewing the Past. 

    Bob Battles, Director of Government Affairs with Association of Washington Business, will be discussing legislative updates, election results and their effect, review bills that have come out in the past year and their effect.  He will review past legislation from 2015 and 2016 Sessions that had an impact on HR, and will provide insight into what is expected to be the major HR issues for the 2017 Legislative Session. 

    About the Presenter: 

    Bob Battles is AWB’s director of government affairs on workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, and other workplace issues, including employment law, wage and hour issues, workplace safety and legal affairs. Battles also serves as AWB’s general counsel.

    Battles has more than two decades of experience as an attorney specializing in workplace issues and government affairs.

    He began his career with a 10-year stint in the office of the Washington State Attorney General. He led a team of 18 attorneys and professional staff as team leader in the Labor and Industries Division. In the AG’s office he supervised more than 400 L&I cases per year in areas such as electrical, contractor, plumbing and factory-assembled structures.

    Battles also spent 12 years in private practice at several Puget Sound-area law firms, and was a partner at Eisenhower Carlson PLLC in Tacoma. While in private practice he represented both individual and business clients in regulatory issues and complex litigation including the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA) and industrial insurance defense.

    He has litigated cases before the Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings, multiple state superior courts, the Washington State Court of Appeals, the Washington State Supreme Court, the United States District Court and the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Battles was technical editor for the Gonzaga Law Review before graduating in 1992 from the Gonzaga University School of Law.

    Battles is a board member and past chair of the Bates Technical College Steam Certification Board. He has also served on the board of the FISH Food Bank of Pierce County. For the past decade he has been a volunteer coordinator for the Yakima Youth Mission at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church. He lives with his family near Kent in rural King County.

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    SHRM Foundation Drawing

    In addition to the October Foundation Raffle the Mt. Baker Chapter of SHRM will be holding a special contest for the months of October & November. Anyone that donates $25.00 or more to the Foundation in the months of October & November will be put in a drawing for a $100.00 gift certificate to the Chrysalis that will be awarded at the December member appreciation luncheon. You can make your tax deductible donation when you register for our monthly meetings.

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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

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    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.

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    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 the full price of the event 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.