Date: Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Time: 09:00 AM
Address: 1400 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA
Contact: Lane Powell
Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Phone: (206) 223-7000
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Hosted by Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Lane Powell, Washington Bankers Association, Washington Retail Association and Greater Seattle Business Association

As an event partner, Lane Powell is graciously offering GSBA members a $50 discount code for registration—just enter discount code GSBAGuest17 at checkout.

Join Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Lane Powell, Washington Bankers Association, Washington Retail Association and Greater Seattle Business Association for this consistently popular, informative "Best Practices for Best Employers" seminar that attendees call "by far one of the best in the country." This seminar is ideal for employers, HR professionals, in-house counsel and managers, and will provide the most recent insights in employment practices to comply with fast-changing rules and to avoid disruptive and expensive government audits, charges and employee lawsuits. Join us to learn what to do now to be ready for changes coming in 2018.

Due to your previously attended events, we thought you would find interest in the below event that we are partnering on, Best Practices for Best Employers.

Lane Powell is graciously offering you a $50 discount on registration by entering discount code SMCCGuest17 at checkout.



Registration | 8:30am

Welcome and Introductions | 9:00am

Year in Review: Top 10 New Federal, State and Local Legal Developments Employers Need to Know for 2018
Katheryn Bradley and Priya Vivian, Lane Powell PC

This session, in an entertaining format, provides key recent labor and employment developments with recommendations on how to stay compliant, including handbook updates. Topics include Washington’s NEW paid family and medical leave insurance law; the effects of new Trump administration employment-related initiatives; new regulations and case law developments; new tips on what courts expect you to include in job descriptions; the new types of proof you need to defend Equal Pay Act claims; and much, much more…

Raffle Drawing and Sponsor Feature: Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

‘V for Vendetta’: Key Ways to Manage Current Employees Asserting Retaliation Lawsuits and Claims 
Justin Okun, Lane Powell PC

What do you do when a current employee complains about retaliation, and files an EEOC charge or lawsuit? How do you manage this employee? What level of contact should you have with this employee? Should you create a documentation trail? When and how? Learn strategic approaches to these issues along with an update on the latest court decisions involving “protected activity,” “adverse action” and causation.  

Raffle Drawing and Sponsor Feature: Washington Bankers Association

Break | 10:45am - 11:00am 

‘Dumpster Diving With Julian Assange’: An Employer’s Guide to Protecting Trade Secrets, Data Security and Employee Privacy
Chuck Rullman, Lane Powell PC

Studies show that 60 percent of employees who quit a job, or are asked to leave, steal your company data. How do you protect your client email list, trade secrets and financial business information? Learn what you need to know now regarding Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies, and checklists and forms to protect data and trade secrets.

‘A Beautiful Mind’: Identifying Employees in Crisis and Managing the Employee Struggling With Mental Health Issues
Michael Reilly, Lane Powell PC and Rod Hart, Aon Hewitt Health Transformation Team

Studies estimate only 17 percent of adults are considered to be in “optimal mental health.” Depression alone causes about 4 million lost workdays annually. Adults from marginalized communities, especially from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community are three times more likely to struggle with mental health conditions. Learn key signs to identify an employee in crisis. How can you intervene without crossing the line? Learn organizational approaches to building a psychologically healthy workplace. 

Lunch | 12:00pm (provided)

Raffle Drawing and Sponsor Feature: Washington Retail Association

Creating a Company Culture that Delivers Transformational Business Results 
Tom Wyatt, Chief Executive Officer and Wei-Li Chong, Executive Vice President, KinderCare

Company culture can be a differentiator to attract both consumers and employees. This session will provide insight on understanding if you are defining your company culture or if your company culture is defining you; HR’s role as a business partner to establish predictive measures between the impact people and engagement have on business performance; and the power of third party certification and validation.

Raffle Drawing and Sponsor Feature: Greater Seattle Business Association

What to Do When ‘Bill’ Comes to Work: Dealing With Disputed Harassment Complaints Against Your Top Performer or Executive
Beth Joffe, Lane Powell PC

The stakes could not be higher. Your employee lodges a sexual harassment complaint against your top performer, perhaps a top-rated TV celebrity, president or top salesman. This session provides strategic advice on how to address disputed complaints against CEOs, senior managers and other high-level executives.

Break | 1:45pm – 2:00pm

‘The Endless Summer’: Managing the Maze of Paid Sick Leave, Paid Family Leave and PTO Policies
Krista Hardwick and Craig Day, Lane Powell PC 

An employer’s average vacation liability runs between $2,000 to $12,000 per employee. Last year, U.S. companies carried forward over $65.6 billion in accrued PTO costs. Learn about Washington’s new state-wide paid sick leave law, how to plan for Washington’s new paid family and medical leave insurance law, and how to manage paid sick and family leave. This session provides a systematic approach. 

‘Green Acres’: Emotional Support Animals and Accommodation Requirements
Jen Sheffield, Lane Powell PC

Your disabled employee asks to bring to work a pig, cat, dog or a miniature horse as a disability accommodation. Studies indicate trained emotional support animals alleviate symptoms of depression, social anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. So, must employers automatically allow employees with disabilities to bring their animal to work? Can you demand proof that the emotional support animal has “special training”? What minimum standards can employers impose on emotional support animals at work? Learn the latest approaches to an issue that is dogging employers now more than ever. 

Immigration and ‘the IT Crowd’:  How the Booming Tech Industry Is Driving Immigration Changes for All Employers
Dustin J. O’Quinn, Lane Powell PC

Learn how Trump administration initiatives are affecting visas aimed at all companies, including technology companies. Learn about new worksite enforcement initiatives, what it means to be a “bad hombre”— it’s not just for criminals anymore —and understand how proposed changes may affect U.S. employment options for all employers.

Grand Prize Raffle Drawing and Closing Remarks | 3:15pm


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