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    2018 Employment Law Update 1/2 Day Workshop

    Date: November 14, 2018, 7:30am – 12:30pm
    Mt. Baker Chapter of SHRM
    Northwood Hall
    3240 Northwest Avenue
    Bellingham, WA 98226
    $69 for members and $89 for non-members
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    Employment Law Update Workshop

    High Risk Complaints. We will brainstorm a comprehensive strategy for responding to five hot button topics and situations pulled from recent cases and (alas) local headlines – pay equity complaints to immigration “situations” to old classics such as discrimination. We will discuss the critical decision points, minimizing legal exposure and avoiding spectacular mistakes. I feel a flow chart coming.

    Mental Health Issues. We will review an approach for responding to an employee unable to do their job due to a disclosed or suspected mental health issue in an appropriate, respectful and legally complaint manner. We will talk about the leave laws, but also explore closely related privacy and constructive knowledge topics.

    Presented by Adelstein, Sharpe & Serka

    Jeffrey P. Fairchild joined Adelstein, Sharpe & Serka in 1993 following three years at Davis Wright Tremaine in Seattle.  Jeff routinely consults with business clients on the entire range of personnel issues including policy drafting, best employment practices, terminations, reorganizations, union negotiations, noncompetition and trade secrets issues.  Jeff has also successfully represented employers in litigation against claims of discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations and unfair labor practices.  Jeff studied at Duke University before attending Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. 

    Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Program: Getting Employers Ready for 2019

    Washington will be the 5th state to offer paid family and medical leave benefits starting in 2020, but employers have action to take in 2019.  Get a jump on 2019 and learn how your business can prepare to implement this mandatory program in this free presentation by the Washington State Employment Security Department.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn the employee benefits of WA’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Program
    • Learn the employer requirements of the program
    • Learn how this program interacts with FMLA
    • Learn the roll out timeline and how you can prepare your business

    Presented by: Matt LaPalm

    Matt LaPalm is the Small Business Specialist in the Paid Family and Medical Leave team at the Employment Security Department. With a background in small and medium businesses, he understands how challenging running a business can be and how this new statewide insurance program will impact Washington’s small and independent employers.

    Program Details:

    • 7:30 - 8:00am - Registration and Light Continental Breakfast
    • 8:00 - 9:00am - High Risk Complaints - 5 hot button topics
    • 9:15 - 10:15 - Mental Health Issues in the Workplace
    • 10:30 - 12:00pm - Paid Family and Medical Leave update
    • 12:00pm - 12:30 - Q&A and Lunch
    • *SHRM Foundation Raffle will take place during breaks and during lunch

    This Event is Generously Sponored By: 

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    Please register by 5:00pm, November 12th

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    We will be holding our annual SHRM Foundation Raffle at this 1/2 Day Workshop.  Please click here to learn more about the raffle.  Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the time of check in for the 1/2 day workshop and will be $1 per ticket or 12 tickets for $10.

    We will be serving a light continental breakfast and will be providing a "build your own" sandwich bar lunch.  This is included in the workshop price below.

    Prices (via Pre-Registration/Pre-Pay):  
    $69 per member
    $89 per non-member

    At-the-Door Prices (Day of event):
    $75 per member
    $95 per non-member

    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.

            *Mt. Baker SHRM is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is pending approval for 3.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

    For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

    *This program is pending approval for 3.5 General HRCI credit

    The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the activity.  It means that this activity has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit

    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.