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SEMINAR | 30th Annual Labor and Employment Seminar (Seattle)

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Lawyers for Employers®

Best Practices For Best Employers™ Seminar

How to Become a Best Workplace Starting Today!

Best employers stay current on trends in employment law to avoid disruptive and expensive audits, charges and lawsuits.  Please join us for our 30th Annual Labor and Employment Seminar as we team with the Lake Washington Human Resources Association.

This annual seminar, geared toward Employers, Managers, Human Resource Professionals and Corporate Counsel, is part of our ongoing Employment Law School For Managers® Series.

This seminar has been pre-approved for 5.25 general CLE credit hours in Washington and 5.25 HRCI credit hours.

HRCI Approved for Credit Seal

September 20, 2012

7:15 – 7:45 a.m. – Registration and Breakfast

7:45 – 7:55 a.m. – Welcome

7:55 – 8 a.m. – Introduction and Housekeeping Topics

8 – 9 a.m. – Annual Labor and Employment Law Update:  Lessons for Best Employers — Katheryn Bradley, Lane Powell PC
We will cover what employers need to know about legal trends affecting employers over the past year, including new federal, state and local laws, regulatory changes and initiatives, and decisions from courts.  Highlights include EEOC trends and guidance, wage and hour developments, NLRB regulation of social media, and developments in managing leave and disabilities in the workplace.

9 – 9:45 a.m. – Healthcare Reform Breaking News:  What the Supreme Court Decision Means for Employers — Craig Day, Lane Powell PC, and Brent Schlosstein, TRUEbenefits
The Supreme Court’s landmark decision on the constitutionality of healthcare reform left most employers with more questions than answers.  We will summarize the decision and subsequent events, and help you understand how the decision may impact your company and its employees.  We will include practical steps you may want to take in response to the decision, and help you anticipate any further legislative action on healthcare.

9:45 – 10 a.m. – Break

10 – 11 a.m. – Are They Really Independent Contractors?  Enforcement Trends and “Best Practices” to Avoid the Wrath of the IRS and DLI — Mike Reilly, Lane Powell PC, and Ted Carlson, Liberty Bay Consultants, LLC
More than ever, erroneous, independent contractor status can be a costly hotbed for employers, given renewed scrutiny by Federal and state regulators.  Learn how changing definitions and compliance expectations can get you into trouble, and leave with a plan on how to avoid mistaken independent contractor classifications.

11 – 11:45 a.m. – What You Need to Know NOW About Seattle’s Paid Safe and Sick Leave Ordinance — Laura Morse, Lane Powell PC        
The Seattle Paid Safe and Sick Leave Ordinance is in effect as of September 1.  The Ordinance imposes complex accrual, use and recordkeeping requirements that employers — even those with employees that only work in Seattle occasionally – will need to understand to remain in compliance and avoid liability.  We will highlight the changes to the final administrative rules, identify areas in your current policies that, although otherwise lawful, might violate the Ordinance.  We will provide insight into best practices for navigating the recordkeeping requirements, including how to navigate records for exempt and occasional employees.  We will also decipher the rules for the food and beverage industries, as well as industries with non-traditional work schedules.

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lunch

12:15 – 1 p.m. – Handling Charlie Sheen:  What to Do When Employees Go Wild — Jacob Downs, Lane Powell PC, Panelists: Laura Hastings, Rhapsody International; Jane Lyda Mounsey, SPHR, GLY Construction; Ruth Alstadt, Data I/O Corporation (Lunch-time Presentation)
Bizarre, unpredictable, embarrassing and criminal conduct by employees and officers may require personnel actions.  Often these decisions need to be made quickly to protect not only the employer but also other employees.  A panel reviews real-life examples with practical advice on how to prevent such situations and what to do after it’s too late.  Learn from those who have been there.

1 – 1:15 p.m. – Break    

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. – Hindsight is 20-20:  What I Wish I Had Asked My Employment Attorney — Sarah Swale, Lane Powell PC, and Renee Grant Bluechel, Lane Powell PC
We are not unionized, so do we need to consider changing our policies to protect our employees’ rights under the NLRA?  Even though we are not federal contractors, do we need to create an Affirmative Action Plan?  Do we have an obligation to pay employees for things like state-mandated training or travel time?  If we cannot accommodate an employee’s disability, can we simply terminate their employment?  These are just some of the questions that you never thought to ask your employment attorneys, but should have.

Four Seasons Seattle 
99 Union Street, Suite 1101
Seattle, Wash.
Please click here for directions. 
(Please note that parking will be at your own expense.)

Cost for this seminar is $100 prepay online; $125 at the door.

Questions? Contact:
Kelsey Lamon

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