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    September 2021: Looking Forward by Looking Back: An Overview of Key Employment Law Legislation from the 2021 Legislative Session

    Date: September 8, 2021, 11:45am – 1:00pm
    Mt. Baker Chapter of SHRM
    LIVE Virtual Webinar
    Wednesday August 11, 11:45am - 1:00pm
    $15.00 for attendees, $5.00 for students
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    Looking Forward by Looking Back: An Overview of Key Employment Law Legislation from the 2021 Legislative Session

    Join Bob Battles, AWB’s General Counsel and Government Affairs Director Employment Law, in a discussion on updates from Olympia.

    Presented by: Bob Battles

    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. In addition, he handles privacy and data breach matters for AWB as well as overseeing legal issue and election finance reform issues.

    Bob has nearly 3 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. Bob 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 also appeared before the United States District Court and the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Bob is a graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law.

    Generously Sponsored by: United Way of Whatcom County

    United Way partners with local businesses, nonprofits, and community stakeholders to enable financial stability for every person in Whatcom County. By funding a comprehensive network of local nonprofits, we are playing a key role in creating a community where everyone has the tools and opportunities they need to achieve financial independence. You may know United Way from your internal employee giving campaigns. Approximately 100 local companies participate in this effort every year.



    • Event Cost: $15.00
    • Student: $5.00
    • Board Member: FREE


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