Audio CD + Course Book

Human Resource Law Boot Camp

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

March, 2018

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Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • WA CLE - 5.75
From Event: Human Resource Law Boot Camp, held March 2018.

Program Description

The rapid pace of change in the employment law arena requires constant vigilance on the part of HR professionals. It's all too easy to miss a seemingly minor detail and have your employer face a financially debilitating lawsuit as a result. Don't let your company's employment policies and procedures fall into legal obsolescence and fail to provide safeguards. Let this comprehensive guide provide you with up-to-date information on the FLSA, HIPAA and more. Take away indispensable legal information you can use to reinforce your company's HR practices - order today!

Course Content

  1. FLSA Essentials: Practically Applying the Most Recent Legal Perspectives
  2. Using Handbooks to Protect Against Legal Liabilities: With Example Policies
  3. HIPAA Best Practices for HR: Ensuring Confidentiality of Medical Information
  4. Hiring and Firing: Legal Do's and Don'ts for Crucial HR Functions
  5. Social Media Policies: Balancing Employer Needs and Employee Rights
  6. Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace: Marijuana and Other Considerations
  7. Employee Relations: Legal Solutions for Sensitive Workplace Issues

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 5.75 WA - Credit Approval Expiration 03/14/2023

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. FLSA Essentials: Practically Applying the Most Recent Legal Perspectives
    9:00 - 9:45, Written by Paul M. Ostroff and Britenae M. Pierce. Presented by Paul M. Ostroff in Vancouver and Britenae M. Pierce in Seattle.
    1. Primary Duties Test: Recognizing the Top Pitfalls
    2. Salary Test Legal Essentials
    3. Independent Contractor Issues
    4. Off-The Clock Work and Unauthorized Overtime
    5. Addressing Employer Errors: Essential Safe Harbor Policies to Have
  2. Using Handbooks to Protect Against Legal Liabilities: With Example Policies
    9:45 - 10:30, Written by Chad E. Arceneaux. Presented by Chris M. Morgan in Vancouver and Chad E. Arceneaux in Seattle.
    1. Handbook Scope: How Much is Too Much?
    2. What Topics You Must Include: With Example Language
    3. Key Disclaimers You Can't Forget
    4. Avoiding Implied Contractual Relationships
    5. Essential Updates: NLRB and Other Concerns
    6. Updating Handbooks: With Checklists
  3. HIPAA Best Practices for HR: Ensuring Confidentiality of Medical Information
    10:45 - 11:30, Written by Morgan M. Gabse. Presented by Suzan Sturholm in Vancouver and Morgan M. Gabse in Seattle.
    1. When Does HIPAA Apply to Employers?
    2. Requesting Protected Health Information (PHI): FMLA and Other Purposes
    3. Safeguarding PHI
    4. Putting PHI Policies in Place: With Examples
  4. Hiring and Firing: Legal Do's and Don'ts for Crucial HR Functions
    12:30 - 1:15, Written by Krista Nelson. Presented by Suzan Sturholm in Vancouver and Krista Nelson in Seattle.
    1. Crafting Legally Compliant Job Descriptions
    2. What Employers Can and Can't Ask About Criminal Backgrounds, Credit Histories, Etc.
    3. How Enforceable are Non-Compete, Non-Solicit and Confidentiality Agreements?
    4. Verifying Immigration Status - E-Verify and Other Considerations
    5. Legally Defensible Termination Documentation
    6. Terminating Employees on Leave
    7. Separation Agreements and Releases: With Examples
  5. Social Media Policies: Balancing Employer Needs and Employee Rights
    1:15 - 2:30, Written by Chris M. Morgan and Priya B. Vivian. Presented by Chris M. Morgan in Vancouver and Priya B. Vivian in Seattle.
    1. Social Media and NLRA Violations for Non-Union Employers
    2. To What Extent May Employers Limit Social Media Use?
    3. Using Private Social Media Accounts for Business Purposes
    4. Using Social Media in Hiring Decisions
    5. Best Practices for Creating and Updating Social Media Policies
  6. Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace: Marijuana and Other Considerations
    2:45 - 3:30, Written by Suzan Sturholm. Presented by Suzan Sturholm in Vancouver and Seattle.
    1. Accommodating Medical Marijuana Users: Do Employers Have To?
    2. Drug Testing Considerations for Current and Prospective Employees
    3. Firing and Disciplining Medical Marijuana Users: Current Legal Perspectives
    4. Creating Drug and Alcohol Policies That Leave no Room for Interpretation
  7. Employee Relations: Legal Solutions for Sensitive Workplace Issues
    3:30 - 4:30, Written by Chad E. Arceneaux and Nicole Tideman. Presented by Nicole Tideman in Vancouver and Chad E. Arceneaux in Seattle.
    1. Granting Employee Leave: FMLA, ADA and Other Considerations
    2. Return-to-Work Policies After Leave
    3. Disciplinary Actions
    4. Investigating Misconduct
    5. Answering Discrimination and Harassment Complaints
    6. Workplace Safety and Security Issues: Firearms, Disgruntled Employees, Domestic Violence, Etc.
    7. Creating Performance Improvement Plans
    8. Employee Evaluations: Best Practices

CHAD E. ARCENEAUX is an attorney with the law firm of Jackson Lewis P.C., where his law practice focuses on the exclusive representation of management in employment law and workplace related matters. Mr. Arceneaux handles the full range of employment law related issues - from advising businesses regarding Title VII, ADA, wage and hour, and other compliance issues; to drafting policies, employment agreements, and non-compete/non-solicit agreements; to investigating and litigating discrimination and other employment law related claims. Before joining Jackson Lewis P.C., Mr. Arceneaux served the citizens of Washington as a Washington State Trooper, and upon becoming a lawyer, he worked as a deputy prosecuting attorney for Pierce County where he tried numerous cases to verdict. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Mr. Arceneaux earned his B.A. degree from the University of Washington and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law. (Seattle location)

MORGAN M. GABSE is an IT contracts manager at Providence St. Joseph Health System, where she negotiates technology purchasing contracts. Ms. Gabse has served on the WSBA Health Law Section Executive Committee for more than four years, starting as a Young Lawyer liaison and transitioning into her current role as secretary and Communications Committee chair. She is also the chair of the Seattle location WA Vets Will Clinic. Ms. Gabse focused on healthcare information technology law at Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is admitted to the Washington State Bar. (Seattle location)

CHRIS M. MORGAN is an attorney at Barran Liebman, LLP in Portland, Oregon and works closely with clients to help them navigate the complexities of employment and labor law from preliminary negotiations all the way through trial. In addition to his litigation experience, Mr. Morgan is also a published author in a variety of media, including editorials on economics, public policy, and civic engagement for The Oregonian, The Portland Tribune, The Spokesman Review, The Columbian, and Northwest Lawyer Magazine. He earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Washington State University and his J.D. degree from the Gonzaga University School of Law. Throughout his legal education, Mr. Morgan was highly invested in the community, serving as associate editor of the Gonzaga Journal of International Law and governor of the American Bar Association Law Student Division 12th Circuit. He represented more than 4,000 law students across nine law schools in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska; and also served as chair of the National Committee on Resolutions and Advocacy. In addition to his extensive extracurricular involvement, Mr. Morgan received the highly regarded Dean’s Distinguished Achievement Scholarship from Gonzaga University and represented his class as the 2017 commencement speaker. Most recently, he was named to the highly selective American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Emerging Leaders Program’s Class of 2017-2018. (Vancouver location)

KRISTA NELSON is a member of the employment group at Stokes Lawrence, P.S., and focuses her practice on labor and employment advice and litigation. She represents employers and employees in a wide range of matters, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour, non-compete, and trade secret litigation. Ms. Nelson also represents employers in grievance arbitrations and unfair labor practice complaints. In addition, she advises clients on a variety of labor and employment issues, working to ensure compliance with guidelines and regulations while proactively developing policies that minimize the risk of litigation. She investigates workplace concerns, drafts employee contracts and handbooks, reviews human resource policies, and counsels parties on employment contracts and severance agreements. Ms. Nelson also advises clients on insurance coverage issues, particularly those involving employment practices liability insurance (EPLI). She earned her B.A. degree from Hampshire College and her J.D. degree, summa cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law. Ms. Nelson is admitted to the Washington State Bar and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law, Business, and Litigation Sections; member, King County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Young Lawyers Division; member, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law, Tort and Insurance Section; member, Washington Women Lawyers; and on the Board of Directors for Bridgeways. (Seattle location)

PAUL M. OSTROFF is a shareholder at the Portland office of Lane Powell PC. He provides advice and counsel to employers in all phases of labor and employment law, including collective bargaining, labor arbitration, union organizing campaigns, employment discrimination, discipline and discharge, wage and hour, employee benefits, drafting of policies and handbooks, ADA, FMLA, employment contracts, covenants not to compete, and occupational safety. He represents and advises clients in a variety of industries, such as retail, manufacturing, software, computer technology, transportation, health care, public utilities, hospitality, financial services, apparel and the public sector. Mr. Ostroff regularly represents employers before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor. He earned his J.D. degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law; his B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley; and his M.B.A. degree from the University of Chicago. Mr. Ostroff is admitted to practice by the Oregon State Bar, the State Bar of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. (Vancouver location)

BRITENAE M. PIERCE is a trial lawyer at Ryan Swanson in Seattle. She has an extensive and diverse litigation practice, which includes real property disputes, contract/breach of contract cases, employment litigation, construction law, commercial and business litigation, dispute resolution, bank litigation, and state and federal appellate work. Currently, Ms. Pierce spends much of her practice handling both employment law and real property disputes. As an employment lawyer, she counsels clients about various employment issues, including employer-employee agreements, employee claims, investigations, trade secrets and non-competes. When an employment matter reaches the litigation stage, Ms. Pierce is a thoughtful and zealous advocate, balancing business concerns with skilled courtroom experience. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and her J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. Ms. Pierce is admitted to practice by the Washington State Bar; United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington; and United States District Court, Western District of Washington. (Seattle location)

SUZAN STURHOLM is president of All Things HR, LLC. She has more than twenty five years of human resources, executive level management and business development experience. Ms. Sturholm is an innovative HR professional skilled at creating cost-effective solutions for complex business problems. She has been recognized for her vision, strategic planning and tactical implementation. Ms. Sturholm is a results-orientated professional and has experience with both union and non-union settings. She believes that good HR helps provide a solid foundation for a growing company. Ms. Sturholm's passion is in facilitating the structuring of clients HR departments that will help to grow and nurture long-term and loyal employees which will in turn grow the client's business. She received her certificate in human resources management from the University of Washington. Ms. Sturholm is a certified professional in human resources (PHR). She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and Snohomish County Human Resource Association. (Vancouver and Seattle locations)

NICOLE TIDEMAN is a shareholder with Walstead Mertsching PS, serving clients in family law matters, harassment, discrimination and other similar legal matters involving employment claims. She practices in civil litigation (general), divorce and family law and employment law, in both state and federal courts. Having worked in human resource management for seven years, she understands the complex legal issues in employment claims and works diligently to secure favorable outcomes for clients. Ms. Tideman enjoys serving her community and provides pro bono services each year. She is the secretary on the board of the Mark Morris Foundation. Ms. Tideman also has previous experience working with victims of domestic violence in a confidential women's shelter and transitional housing program. She earned her law degree from Seattle University School of Law and holds a business degree with emphasis in human resource management from Washington State University. Ms. Tideman is licensed by, and affiliated with, the Washington State Bar Association (Family Law Section and Employment Law Section) and the Cowlitz/Wahkiakum Bar Association. (Vancouver location)

PRIYA B. VIVIAN is an attorney with Lane Powell PC in Seattle, where she represents employers in all areas of employment litigation, including Department of Labor investigations, breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets, discrimination and common law tort claims, wage and hour disputes, compliance investigations, and collective and class actions before state and federal courts. She has experience defending clients against discrimination complaints filed with the EEOC and state administrative agencies. She also represents clients in general commercial litigation matters, including contract disputes and consumer class actions. Prior to joining Lane Powell PC, Ms. Vivian was an attorney with the labor and employment group in the law firm of Wargo & French LLP and judicial term clerk to the Honorable David L. Russell, U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma. She earned her B.S. degree from Emory University and her J.D. degree, with honors, from Emory University School of Law, where she was Order of the Coif. Ms. Vivian is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia. (Seattle location)

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Continuing Legal Education

WA CLE: 5.75 Credit Approval Exp
This program may qualify for up to 5.75 hours of Washington continuing legal education (Self Study) A/V credit, which includes 5.75 hours of Law and Legal Procedure and 0.0 hour of ethics.

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