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    October 2021: Zen and the Art of Religion in the Workplace

    Date: October 13, 2021, 11:45am – 1:00pm
    Mt. Baker Chapter of SHRM
    LIVE Virtual Webinar
    Wednesday October 13, 11:45am - 1:00pm
    $15.00 for attendees, $5.00 for students
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    Zen and the Art of Religion in the Workplace

    The overwhelming majority of Americans believe in some type of higher power. Bringing these individual beliefs into the workplace sometimes creates conflict with employer policies and objectives, other employees' beliefs, and laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment. Recent U.S. Supreme Court and federal agency decisions have further emphasized the importance of carefully navigating the intersection of individual employee rights and employer rights and responsibilities. This presentation will give employers, including faith-based employers, an overview of the relevant legal issues and review sample case studies to show how these issues might appear and be successfully navigated in your workplace.

    Presented by: Erin Jacobson and Kathy Iverson, Archbright

    Erin Jacobson is the Director of Legal & HR Advice for Archbright, where she manages Archbright’s team of Attorneys and HR Advisors, as well as provides advice and counsel to members on complex employment law and labor relations issues. Prior to joining Archbright in 2016, Erin held the role of Assistant City Attorney with the City of Spokane since 2009, serving as chief negotiator with the City’s seven labor unions; advising the City on labor and employment practices and policies; and representing the City in labor arbitrations, PERC hearings, and other labor-related disputes. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. and was admitted to the Washington Bar in 2001, the Idaho Bar in 2016, and the Oregon Bar in 2018.

    Kathy Iverson, SPHR, is a Senior HR Advisor at Archbright. She works with members daily, advising on issues related to employment law compliance, employee relations, leaves, and ADA. Kathy has 25 years of experience in recruiting, training, managing employee relations, and leading HR teams in corporate, service, manufacturing, and non-profit environments. She has a B.A. in Public and Interpersonal Communication from Seattle Pacific University.

    Generously Sponsored by: Alliant

    Nationally, Alliant represents and negotiates on behalf of over 8000 employee benefit clients. We know that the reputation of a consulting firm is important, and for this reason we invest heavily in our relationships with the carriers. The positive goodwill that we nurture at the highest level pays off for our clients. Over the years we have developed some of the strongest vendor relationships in the business. We sit on the broker advisory boards of Premera Blue Cross, Regence BlueShield, Aetna, United HealthCare, Sun Life, and Unum. In many cases, we are the number one or two firm in the region, in terms of clients placed and premium volume. We are often sought out by carriers and vendors for exclusive or preferred pricing. Moreover, Alliant is assigned the top representatives and service personnel within the carrier, resulting in better service and the benefit of the doubt when it comes to settling disputed claims.

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


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