Events and Announcements

On May 4, 2017, attorneys from the Foster Pepper Employment & Labor group hosted a seminar/webinar titled “Seattle Ordinances Affecting Employers – Hear From the City.” The seminar featured Foster Pepper attorneys and guest speaker Karina Bull from the City of Seattle’s Office of Labor Standards.

The Office of Labor Standards (OLS), created two years ago, is responsible for implementing and enforcing Seattle’s minimum wage, paid sick and safe time, wage theft, “ban the box,” and other ordinances, as well as measures that the City may enact in the future. Participants had the opportunity to learn about the requirements of these ordinances, compliance strategies, the OLS’s enforcement priorities, and tips to more effectively work with the OLS.

If you missed the presentation, you can review the materials or listen to a recording of the seminar here. To find materials from other presentations on employment and labor topics, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Steve Peltin, Chair of Foster Pepper’s Business and Employment, Labor & Benefits practices, presented a nationally distributed webinar on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 for Lorman Education Services, an organization that provides continuing education credits to a wide variety of professionals across the United States. Lorman has educated more than 1.4 million people for 29 years.

Steve’s presentation, titled “Evaluating Potential Employee Violence: Protecting the Employer and Co-Workers,” addressed potential employee violence in the workplace. Steve and his co-presenter, Stephen White from Work Trauma Service Inc., provided a legal framework for workplace violence, risk factors, warning signs and triggering context for violence, suggested prevention programs and ways to respond to a potential threat.

To learn more about the webinar, please click here.

Employers face a variety of threats from departing employees, including theft of intellectual property, use and disclosure of trade secrets, and unfair competition and solicitation of customers and employees. Prudent employers can reduce those risks through effective employment agreements and other steps, and can curtail the bad behavior through timely and effective legal action.

Please join attorneys from Foster Pepper’s Employment & Labor, Intellectual Property and Litigation groups to consider strategies for preventing and addressing post-employment misconduct.

Panelists will discuss:

  • Preparation of enforceable employment agreements
  • Protecting inventions and trade secrets
  • Responding to employee theft
  • Legal remedies and strategies for enforcing employer rights after termination

Continue Reading Upcoming Seminar: “‘My Ex-Employee Did WHAT?’ – Preventing and Addressing Post-Employment Misconduct

On April 21, 2015, attorneys from the Foster Pepper Employment and Labor group presented a webinar titled “Is Your Employee Handbook Ready for Prime Time?” They discussed various updates that should be considered for employee handbooks including the following hot topics:

  • Avoidng NLRB attacks on employers’ social media policies
  • Assuring compliance with local ordinances; and
  • Amending drug policies in light of legalization of marijuana in Washington

If you missed the presentation, you can review the materials or listen to a recording of the webinar here. To find materials from other presentations on employment and labor topics, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.

At their best, handbooks can effectively communicate employer policies and culture, and provide a strong defense against employee claims. At their worst, handbooks can sow confusion or trigger liability.

Join attorneys from Foster Pepper’s Employment & Labor group to discuss updates that you should consider for your employee handbook. Topics will include:

  • Avoiding NLRB attacks on employers’ social media policies
  • Adjusting policies in light of marriage equality
  • Assuring compliance with local ordinances requiring paid sick and safe time
  • Assessing use of interns and independent contractors
  • Amending drug policies in light of legalization of marijuana in Washington
  • Adapting policies to new technologies
  • Altering language to preserve at-will employment

Continue Reading Upcoming Seminar: “Is Your Employee Handbook Ready for Prime Time?”

On November 18, 2014, attorneys from the Foster Pepper Employment and Labor Relations group were joined by experienced legal and HR representatives from the King County Housing Authority, UW Medicine and BECU for a presentation titled “Privacy in the Workplace: Managing Employees in the Digital Age.” Connie Davis, Deputy Executive Director of King County Housing Authority, Hilary Domeika, Associate General Counsel for four non-profit associations affiliated with UW Medicine, and Anne Shannon, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at BECU, shared insights on electronic monitoring, surveillance and tracking, access and protection of employee information and personal technology in the workplace in an interactive, Question and Answer format seminar. If you missed the presentation, you can follow this link to review the slides and handout materials and listen to a recording of the webinar. To find materials from other presentations on employment and labor relations topics, click here and choose the “News & Publications” tab on the left of the page.

Advances in technology have led to new challenges and opportunities for employers. This interactive session, featuring a Question and Answer format, will allow participants to learn more about privacy rights in the workplace, understand regulatory requirements and gain practical tips to help manage employee expectations and maintain a productive workplace.

Join our Employment and Labor Relations attorneys and panel, comprised of experienced legal and HR representatives from the King County Housing Authority, UW Medicine and BECU, as they discuss electronic monitoring, surveillance and tracking, access and protection of employee information and personal technology in the workplace.

When:
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
7:45 – 9:30 a.m. (7:45 – 8:00 a.m. Registration & Networking; 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Program and Q&A)

Webinar: 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Where:
Foster Pepper
30th Floor Conference Center

RSVP:
Please RSVP to Kim Oakley at events@foster.com by Thursday, November 13, 2014.

For more information, click here.

 

Bullying is one of the most under-recognized and costly problems in the workplace, creating fear, eroding morale and hindering productivity. Is your organization able to recognize various forms of bullying and effectively deal with these very challenging behaviors? Do you have an effective and legally compliant strategy for addressing bullying?

Employers also need to be prepared for threats and the risk of violence. Do you know the risk factors and red flags for a possible attack? When does a threat imply real intent to harm? Are you ready to respond?

Join our Employment and Labor Relations attorneys and expert threat assessment specialists and psychologists for a breakfast briefing and webinar that will explore the causes, motives and varieties of workplace bullying and violence. 

When: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. (8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration; 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Program)

Webinar: 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Where:

Foster Pepper 

30th Floor Conference Center

RSVP:

Please RSVP to Kim at events@foster.com by Thursday, March 6, 2014.

For more information, click here

Bullying is one of the most under-recognized and costly problems in the workplace, creating fear, eroding morale and hindering productivity. Is your organization able to recognize various forms of bullying and effectively deal with these very challenging behaviors? Do you have an effective and legally compliant strategy for addressing bullying?
Employers also need to be prepared for threats and the risk of violence. Do you know the risk factors and red flags for a possible attack? When does a threat imply real intent to harm? Are you ready to respond?
Join our Employment and Labor Relations attorneys and expert threat assessment specialists and psychologists for a breakfast briefing and webinar that will explore the causes, motives and varieties of workplace bullying and violence. 
When: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Webinar: 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Where:
Foster Pepper 
30th Floor Conference Center
RSVP: Please RSVP to Kim at events@foster.com by Thursday, March 6, 2014.
For more information, click here. 

 

 

On September 30 and October 1, 2013, Steve DiJulio and Katie Carder McCoy were two of ten speakers featured at this year’s Civil Service Conference, hosted by Foster Pepper. Over 100 attendees joined at the Yakima Convention Center in Yakima, WA to hear speakers cover the following topics:  

  • Basic Training for New Commissioners & Staff
  • Basic Civil Service Powers & Jurisdiction
  • Public Safety Testing Update
  • Managing Social Media Employment Issues
  • Criminal Justice Training Commission Update
  • Avoiding Misuse of Tests: Strategies for Defensible Use of Exam Results for Making Hiring Decisions
  • Use of Criminal History in Pre-Employment Background Checks
  • The Timing of Pre-Employment Law Enforcement Background Investigations
  • Psychological Fitness-for-Duty Evaluations
  • Annual Legal Update

To view and/or download the full suite of conference materials, please visit our event webpage. If you’d like to be kept up to date on our upcoming seminars and events, please email events@foster.com and we’ll be sure to add you to our mailing list. 

On September 17, 2013, attorneys from the Foster Pepper Employment and Labor Relations Group were joined by representatives of three government agencies to present “Employment Discrimination Law – Hear From the Agencies.”  Special guests Karina Bull from the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, Cheryl Strobert from the Washington State Human Rights Commission, and Roderick Ustanik from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission shared insights into the enforcement priorities of their agencies, and offered tips on how to best to prevent and resolve discrimination claims.  Even if you missed the presentation, you can follow this link to review the slides and handout materials.  To find materials from other presentations on employment and labor relations topics, click here and choose the “News & Publications” tab on the left of the page.