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SEMINAR: New Developments in Employment Law Affecting Employers Now (Seattle)

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Please join us on December 5 for an installment in our Lawyers for Employers® breakfast seminar series, where we will provide practical advice on legal developments affecting employers in critical ways. We will begin with how changes in federal law regarding same-sex marriage and Obamacare will impact your organization. We will also discuss Seattle’s new “ban-the-box” law on criminal background checks and how it will affect your hiring process. Finally, we will discuss developments under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”), and Washington state anti-discrimination laws that will impact your organization’s policies and practices. During the seminar, you will receive checklists so that you can audit your current practices for compliance. These seminars are geared toward Employers, Managers, Human Resource Professionals and Corporate Counsel.

This seminar has been pre-approved for 1.5 HR Certification Institute credit hours and 1.5 CLE credit hours in Washington.
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December 5, 2013

7:30 – 8 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

8 – 8:25 a.m. Modern Family Meets Grey’s Anatomy: What You Absolutely Need to Know About Same-Sex Marriage and the Affordable Care Act
Craig A. Day and Kara Backus

  • How will the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage under the Defense of Marriage Act affect your employee benefit plans?
  • How can your organization and your employees seek tax refunds for same-sex benefits?
  • How will Obamacare’s employer and individual mandates, notice requirements and “Cadillac” tax apply to your organization? What can you do now to avoid taxes and penalties?

8:25 – 8:50 a.m. Just the Facts, Ma’am: How the Seattle Criminal Background Check Ordinance Affects What, When and How You Can Inquire About Criminal Histories in the Hiring Process
Laura T. Morse and Kelly M. Turner

  • Do you have to change your application forms? If so, just Seattle forms or in all locations?
  • When can you run a background check, if at all?
  • How can you use the information obtained in a background check in a hiring decision?

8:50 – 9:15 a.m. The Times They Are A-Changin’ — Again! Best Practices to Comply With Legal Developments in Evolving Times
Katheryn Bradley and Michael B. Harrington

  • Can you adopt appearance and dress code policies that treat men and women differently? And can you ask employees to leave their nose rings at home and cover up tattoos?
  • How should your organization, whether unionized or not, be drafting at-will disclaimers and confidentiality policies to avoid problems under the NLRA?
  • When will same-sex couples be able to use FMLA leave?
  • Can you enforce your drug testing policies in light of Washington state’s new marijuana laws?
  • Can you make hiring and firing decisions based on off-duty conduct?

9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Questions and Answers

Washington Athletic Club
Noble Room
1325 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA
Please click here for directions.
(Please note that parking will be at your own expense.)

Cost for this seminar is $40 prepay online; $50 at the door. Teleconference is $25. Register today, as space is limited!

To register for the teleconference only, use the discount code “conferencecall” when registering. You will receive call-in instructions and materials prior to the event.

Questions? Contact:
Jean Delovino

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.