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    Paid Family and Medical Leave in WA State

    Date: August 8, 2018, 11:45am – 1:30pm
    Mt. Baker Chapter of SHRM
    Northwood Hall
    3240 Northwest Avenue
    Bellingham, WA 98226
    See below for prices
    Event Type:
    Chapter Luncheon/Speaker/Meeting
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    Washington enacted landmark legislation on Paid Family and Medical Leave. Many employers have asked - how does the new law apply to them? Join Bob Battles, AWB’s General Counsel and Government Affairs Director Employment Law, in a discussion on the new Paid Family and Medical Leave law. 

    As an attendee you will learn details regarding what the new legislation and agency rulemaking requires of employers and employees.  We will review the elements of the new law and provide insight into why certain provisions were included.  You will also learn what you as an employer should be doing now to prepare for the upcoming implementation of the law.  This will include a review of the recent agency rules that have and will be adopted by the Employment Security Department. 

    Presented by: Bob Battles, Association of Washington Business

    Bob Battles is AWB’s General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs for Employment Law Issues. 

    He is responsible for workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, and other workplace issues, including wage and hour, workplace safety, immigration, paid family and medical leave, minimum wage, and paid sick leave matters.  He also oversees legal issue and election finance reform issues for the association.  

    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. in the Labor and Industries Division. Battles also spent 12 years in private practice at several Puget Sound-area law firms, including Lane Powell PC and Eisenhower Carlson PLLC. While in private practice he represented clients in regulatory issues and complex litigation including the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA) and industrial insurance defense.

    He has litigated cases at all levels in Washington State including the Washington State Court of Appeals and the Washington State Supreme Court.  He has argued before the United States District Court and the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Battles is a graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law.

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    Please register by 5:00pm, August 6th

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    • Member Lunch & Program (pre-registered): $21.00
    • Non-member Lunch & Program (pre-registered): $27.00
    • Program Only (pre-registered): $12.00
    • Non-registered/At the door/Day of price: $30.00 (member or non-member)
    • Student Lunch & Program: $12.00
    • Student Program Only: FREE

    We offer the option to pre-pay, using Eventbrite.  You will not be charged anything additional to pre-pay using your credit card - just click on the link on the registration confirmation page (after you register) and you will go to the payment pay on Eventbrite.

    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

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