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SKCHRA’s Annual Legal Lunch & Learn: Best Practices for Regulatory Compliance

    This year's Annual Legal Lunch & Learn "Best Practices for Regulatory Compliance" will take place on Wednesday, September 23, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Emerald Downs in Auburn. Following a lunchtime keynote address, the event will feature presentations by three Agency All Stars. Four (4) HRCI and SHRM recertification credits have been applied for. A Fiesta Buffet lunch is included and includes gluten-free and vegetarian options. 

     

    Four (4) HRCI and SHRM recertification credits are pending approval.

     

    HR as a Key Stakeholder in the Legislative Process

    Washington State Senator Karen Keiser will kick things off with this lunchtime Keynote address. Senator Keiser, a longtime Washington legislator and advocate for South King County, will provide insight into the Washington legislative process as it relates to various employment-related bills debated during the 2014/2015 legislative session. The Keynote will analyze, from a business-minded, strategic perspective, the Washington Senate’s employment-related legislative landscape and agenda, provide a deeper understanding of what the legislative future may hold for Washington employers, and serve as a call to action to inspire HR professionals and business leaders to engage in the legislative process.

    Employment System 101: Unemployment Insurance Basics

    Whether you are new to the world of Unemployment Insurance or a seasoned pro, this presentation will give you the tools you need to understand today’s unemployment system in Washington. Neil Gorrell, Employment System Policy and Unemployment Insurance Director of the Washington State Employment Security Department, will discuss common misconceptions about unemployment, how unemployment taxes and experience ratings are calculated, what you should know about benefit charges, and what the guidelines are for unemployment eligibility, including qualifying and disqualifying separation reasons. Understand your obligations and rights as an employer when completing unemployment claims paperwork, filing appeals and understanding agency determinations and decisions.

    Employer Liability and Stay at Work Reimbursements

    Join us for an overview of the analysis that governs which workers must be reported to Labor & Industries and which may be properly classified as exempt from reporting requirements. We will discuss the difference between how the IRS views a W-2 or 1099 worker versus how employer liability is determined for workers’ compensation purposes. Have you received part of the $35 million in reimbursements from the Stay at Work program? The presentation will also review the details of the Stay at Work program, how employers can receive assistance with bringing an injured worker back in a light duty capacity, and more! Learn what qualifies for reimbursement, including 50% of the base wages paid to an injured worker working in a light duty or restricted capacity – up to $10,000 or 66 days!

    Labor & Industries staff Chris Alcatraz and Joyce Allen will give a shared presentation to discuss who is a reportable worker in Washington State, and how to protect your workers, your business productivity, and your bottom line by having a return to work program. We will discuss the difference between how the IRS views a W-2 or 1099 worker versus how employer liability is determined for workers’ compensation purposes. The presentation will also review the details of the Stay at Work program, how employers can receive assistance with bringing an injured worker back in a light duty capacity, and more! Did you know that an IRS 1099 worker may still need to be reported to Labor & Industries for workers’ comp?

    The Employment Discrimination Charge, Start to Finish

    Learn what types of discrimination claims fall within the Human Rights Commission’s administrative process and how the Human Rights Commission’s administrative process works in this presentation from attorney and Civil Rights Specialist Janice Whitman. The presentation will track the life of a typical charge, from the filing through the Human Rights Commission’s investigation, the employer’s response, and the resolution. Along the way, attendees will learn what types of claims are within the Human Right Commission’s jurisdiction, practical advice and best practices for responding to a charge and interfacing with the Human Rights Commission, and the ways in which a charge may be concluded.

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