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    September 2020: Managing Attendance in a Protected Leave Law World

    Date: September 9, 2020, 11:45am – 1:00pm
    Mt. Baker Chapter of SHRM
    LIVE Virtual Webinar
    Wednesday September 9, 11:45am - 1:00pm
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    Managing Attendance in a Protected Leave Law World

    Absence management can take an inordinate amount of time for both HR professionals and managers. Absences for extended and intermittent leave, early departures and late arrivals impact productivity, morale and the bottom line but laws in recent years have challenged the ability of employers to enforce attendance policies. With the addition of the Covid-19 pandemic, the past five months have brought unprecedented challenges, including the need to understand and comply with new federal laws granting leave to employees impacted by COVID-19, in addition to existing federal and state laws.

    In this presentation, Joy Sturgis, Content Manager, will help employers navigate the many protected leave laws, both at the federal and state level. It will identify employer obligations when managing absences, taking into consideration the many types of protected leaves such as Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML), paid sick leave, FMLA, ADA, and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

    Presented by: Joy Sturgis, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

    Joy has more than 15 years of managerial and director-level human resources experience in both manufacturing and service organizations. As an Archbright Content Manager, her responsibilities include creating and reviewing HR and legal content for all aspects of federal and Washington, Oregon and Idaho state employment law. She also supports our members with a variety of HR functions including HR advice and counsel, handbook and policy review, and employee development training. During her HR career, she has been responsible for leading HR strategies and functions for Washington companies as well as multi-state Business Units. Joy has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Villanova University and a MBA from University of Phoenix.

    Generously Sponsored by: WWU Career Services Center

    The Western Washington University (WWU) Career Services Center (CSC) bridges WWU students, faculty and staff with employers and community stakeholders to encourage connections, professional development as well as internship and employment placement.  The CSC advocates for, and is committed to, equitable access to opportunities, and inclusive achievement. 



    • Program Only, pre-paid via Eventbrite: $15.00 
    • Student/Board Member Program Only: FREE


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