Upcoming events

    • 12 Sep 2019
    • 7:15 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Skagit Transit Community Room, 105 E Kincaid, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

    Presentation Overview:

    Washington law update covering new laws and proposed changes related to Paid Family Leave, overtime exemption, worker harassment, salary history inquiries, non-compete agreements, non-disclosure agreements, diversity and equity for public employers, data breach notification, arbitration agreements. We will discuss recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions affecting LGBTQ protection and class arbitration agreements.  Trends and news related to unlawful harassment, #Me Too, independent contractor definition, the Trump NLRB, 2018 EEOC Charge Data, social media and more!

    This session will help you be aware of coming changes and emerging trends to better address workplace issues, avoid problems, and better ensure legal compliance.

    About the Speakers:

    David Bratz, Managing Director at LeGros Buchanan & Paul

    David has been with LeGros Buchanan & Paul since 1991 and currently serves as the Firm's managing director. He represents maritime and non-maritime employers in employment disputes in state and federal courts and in various administrative agencies, such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Washington Human Rights Commission. David regularly consults with employers in risk management and employment practices, and frequently conducts anti-harassment and human resources training for management and supervisory personnel of the Firm's employer clients. David has been named a Washington Super Lawyer for several years. He frequently speaks to employer and maritime groups on risk management and employment law issues, and at CLEs as well.

    Reid Meyers, Of Counsel, LeGros Buchanana & Paul

    Reid represents employers in all aspects of employment and labor relations matters including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, accommodation, retaliation, and other related claims, and has represented terminated executives in their severance transactions on a national basis. Based in our Anacortes office and active in the Anacortes and Skagit County communities, Reid has represented clients in union avoidance programs, NLRB election campaigns, NLRB actions, labor negotiations, EEOC charges and day-to-day human resource matters. In 1987, Reid was recruited to be the first employment lawyer and corporate litigator for United Services Automobile Association (USAA) in San Antonio, Texas. Reid was responsible for and provided counsel for all employment and labor relations matters, and represented USAA entities in all non-claims litigation matters world-wide. In 2006 and 2009, Reid was chosen by Texas Monthly Magazine as a Texas Super Lawyer. He also acts as mediator to resolve litigation disputes, and obtained a Mediator Certification from the University of Texas, School of Law in 2005.

    Kathy Fletcher, Of Counsel, LeGros Buchanan & Paul

    Kathy represents employers in all aspects of employment litigation including wrongful termination, discrimination, unlawful harassment, accommodation, retaliation, breach of contract, and other related claims in the federal and state courts, at arbitration, mediation, and before administrative agencies. She also advises clients on personnel policies and practices and provides in-house training on a variety of labor and employment related issues including anti-harassment and discrimination, conducts HR and legal compliance audits, and speaks to employer groups on employment law issues. She has successfully defended cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Washington Court of Appeals. Kathy is an active SHRM member.

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    Price (includes breakfast):

    Early Registration for SIHRMA Member: $18

    Early Registration Non-Member: $21

    Student & Displaced Worker: $10

    Early registration ends the Monday prior to the event at 5:00 pm.

    Regular Registration and Walk In: $25

    Refund Policy:

    We will gladly issue refunds for event registrations that are canceled before the early registration deadline. We need to make venue arrangements and order meals in advance and are unable to refund registration fees after the deadline. Substitutions are always welcome. Please have your substitute inform the registration desk that they are attending in your place.

    • 17 Oct 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • NW Education Service District, Anacortes, WA

    Light to Leaders "Light Symbolizes Knowledge"

    When:       Thursday, October 17, 2019

    Where:      NW Educational Service District

                      1601 R Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221

    Time:         8:00am – 1:00pm

    Join us in beautiful Anacortes for our 17th Fall Workshop. We will be serving a hearty breakfast and snacks. You will receive 3 hours of recertification credit, one of which is eligible for business/strategic credit.

    After the workshop, we will be meeting for lunch. This is a no host chance to network with fellow workshop attendees. Please sign up so that we know how many to make reservations for. See the detail here.

    HR Professionals: A Guide for Incorporating Mental Health into Your Wellness Strategy 

    Many employers are taking a more holistic approach to employee health. Behavioral health is an increased area of focus, including mental health issues, financial wellbeing, balance, and social connectedness. Join us in hearing the successes, challenges, and ambitions of other HR professionals currently taking this approach. Strategies to successfully manage stigma, ways to create a culture of workplace support and proactively engage employees will also be shared.

    Participants will be able to identify unique components that organizations are using to successfully incorporate behavioral health into their wellness programs.

    Dave Christy, Associate Director of Clinical Services, Cascade Centers, Inc

    Dave is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 10 years of experience in the mental health, counseling, and consulting fields. As the Associate Director of Clinical Services at Cascade Centers Employee Assistance Program, Dave manages the Drug Free Workplace programs, facilitates numerous trainings, and consults frequently with managers, supervisors, and HR professionals. His areas of expertise include workplace wellness, effective employee engagement, managing mental health issues in the workplace, and performance concerns.

    Succession Planning through Leadership Development and Employee Analytics

    Todays' HR and executives have incredible challenges – driving and delivering results despite ever increasing labor costs, technological changes, and low unemployment rate. The most difficult area to master is human capital, yet everything depends on it. How can a company gain expertise to effectively manage and engage all employees? Businesses need new solutions that enable them to achieve this. This presentation offers one such solution - the Predictive Index. This session focuses on primary people management objectives: understanding people, understanding business results, succession planning, selection and hiring, managing and leading effectively -- with help of employee analytics. We show how Psychometrics make Succession Planning easier and more effective. For example, we explain how to fit the right people in the right functions across the organization based on the historical and future needs, speed up hiring, evaluate the cost of turnover, and use Pl to avoid cultural clashes in multifunctional organizations.

    How to predict personality traits of future management generation, based on the past and futire needs of the organization.

    Thomas Tomasevic, CEO, Leadership Development Consultant, T2 Team

    Thomas Tomasevic, MBA, is the CEO of T2 Team, a Leadership Consultancy based in Gig Harbor, WA, Specializing in Talent Optimization. Thomas has 25+ years in executive roles with HP, Microsoft, and successful start-ups. He was responsible for generating new methods to grow revenue at these companies. Thomas is the author of the bestselling book, Create Stellar Teams: Drive Your Teams to Success, published by Six Words Lessons. He speaks at several locals organizations, including SHRM chapters, UW, and PLU.

    Exploring Washington State's PFMLA

    Beginning January 1, 2020, family and medical leave will be available through a State administered plan to all employees in the State of Washington. Many more employees are eligible for leave under PFML than are eligible for FMLA. PFML can be taken to care for a broader number of family members.

    In this presentation, Colleen Mayer will review the legislation and the scope and content of the rules that the State has rolled out.

    This session will help employers understand their obligations and employee entitlements under the new Paid Family and Medical Leave law before employees can start applying for and using Paid Family and Medical Leave on January 1, 2020.  

    Colleen Mayer, Attorney, Archbright

    Colleen Mayer is a Staff Attorney for Archbright. She provides legal advice and counsel to members on all aspects of local, state and federal employment and labor law. Colleen has been representing employers in employment litigation and administrative proceedings and providing advice since 2011.

    Prior to joining Archbright, she was an attorney at a Seattle law firm, where she represented employers in state and federal litigation and administrative proceedings, provided counsel on discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, employee leaves, employment and separation agreements, employee handbooks, and policies. She is also an experienced speaker who has presented on several employment topics at seminars, including some run by the National Business Institute. Colleen earned her B.S.B.A. from Georgetown University and her J.D. from the University of Virginia. She is licensed to practice in Washington and Connecticut.

    This workshop will equip professionals with information and tools to address three different topics that are trending now in today’s organizations.

    Don’t miss out on this popular training opportunity!

    Early Registration SHRM Member: $65

    Early Registration non-SHRM Member: $75

    Student & Displaced Worker: $30

    Early registration ends Friday midnight 10/11/2019.

    Regular Registration and Walk In: $85

    Refund Policy:

    We will gladly issue refunds for event registration that are canceled before the early registration deadline.  We need to make venue arrangements and order meals in advance and are unable to refund registration fees after the deadline.  Substitutions are always welcome.  Please have your substitute inform the registration desk that they are attending in your place.


    • 17 Oct 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Anthony's at Cap Sante Marina

    After Workshop Lunch

    Come to our SIHRMA “no-host” lunch at Anthony’s restaurant at Cap Sante Marina.  Top off the great Fall Workshop with a casual networking lunch with your Human Resources peers.

    Anthony's at Cap Sante is located in the heart of downtown Anacortes at the Port of Anacortes Cap Sante Marina.  The restaurant has a scenic waterfront setting ideal for viewing the activities of the commercial fishing fleet as well as recreational boating. 

    Anthony’s is walkable from our Fall Workshop.  Sign up to reserve your spot!

    Restaurant information below:



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