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Lane Powell’s 27th Annual Labor and Employment Seminar (Seattle)

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Lane Powell and the Puget Sound Business Journal

Best Practices For Best Employers™ Seminar

HRCI Approved for Credit SealHow to Become One of “Washington’s Best Workplaces” Starting Today!

This seminar has been pre-approved for 6.5 HRCI credit hours and 7.5 general CLE credit hours in Washington.

Your company can be one of “Washington’s Best” … Lane Powell shows you how! Please join us for our 27th Annual Labor and Employment Seminar as we team with the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2009 “Washington’s Best Workplaces.”

Attendees will receive a full set of Lane Powell’s Pocket Adviser Series, covering topics such as employee misconduct, sexual harassment, workplace violence and substance abuse in the workplace (an $80 value). Also included are seminar materials, continental breakfast and lunch.


September 30, 2009

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. – Registration and Breakfast

8:00 – 8:05 a.m. – Welcome and Introduction

8:05 – 9:30 a.m. – CEO Secrets to Leadership at Every Level: Skills, Values, Strategies and Best Practices for a Successful Company
A conversation with CEOs discussing the best advice the CEO ever received, their CEO best practices and how they hire, manage and motivate the workforce.
Moderator: Emory Thomas Jr., Publisher, Puget Sound Business Journal
Panel: Dave Anastasi, former CEO of Captaris, Inc.; Rick Anderson, Moss Adams; Colleen Brown, Fisher Communications; Jeremy Lewis, Big Fish Games; Joth Ricci, Jones Soda

9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Break

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. The Nuts and Bolts of Twitter and Social Media for Employers: How to Use it, What’s to Gain and Guidance to Help Minimize Risk
Matthew Guiste
, Starbucks; D. Michael Reilly, Shareholder, Lane Powell PC

  • Social Media Basics
  • Benefits of Social Media
  • Legal Issues of Information Publicly Available Online
  • Potential Lawsuits/Risks: Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Retaliation and Discrimination

10:45 – 11:10 a.m. What Employers Must Know: Puget Sound Business Journal’s “Best Workplaces” Survey
Emory Thomas Jr., Publisher, Puget Sound Business Journal

11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Employment Law Update: The Latest in Employment Law
Gail Mautner, Shareholder, Lane Powell PC

12:00 – 1:15 p.m. Keynote Speaker: “Best Companies” in the Age of Social Media (Lunch will be Provided)
Bryce Maddock, CEO, Smarter Social Media, Los Angeles, Calif.

  • How to Use Social Media to Acquire and Retain the Right Employees
  • Using the Internet to Generate Excitement About Your Company and Improve Retention Efforts
  • Monitoring What is Said About Your Company Online
  • Using Twitter as a Micro-Training Program

1:15 – 2:00 p.m. The Changing World of Employee Benefits: COBRA and ERISA for ”Best Companies”
Nancy Anderson, Shareholder, Lane Powell PC

  • Best Legal Practices When Changing Benefits
  • Creative, Inexpensive Employee Benefits of ”Best Workplaces”
  • Creative Approaches in Cutting Benefit Costs
  • Best Practices for Employee Benefits Self-Audit

2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Break

2:15 – 3:30 p.m. Interactive Workshop: ”Best Practices” for Dealing With a Challenging Employee
Portia Moore, Shareholder, Lane Powell PC; Leah Lively, Shareholder, Lane Powell PC

  • Awareness of the Legal Risks of Difficult Employees
  • Legal Ways to Insulate the Company
  • Best Practices for a Performance Review

3:30 – 4:15 p.m. What ”Best Workplaces” Need to Know About Changing Leave Laws
Sarah Haushild, Shareholder, Lane Powell PC

  • Update on New FMLA Regulations
  • NDAA and Washington Military Leave
  • Washington Domestic Violence Leave
  • Best Practices to Assure Compliance

Olive 8
The Ballroom
1635 8th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
For directions, visit the Hyatt at Olive 8 website.

Cost for this seminar is $175 prepay online; $200 at the door.

Questions? Contact:
Lani Holmes