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    2013 Legislative and Case Update

    Date: July 18, 2013, 7:15am – 9:00am
    CenterPoint Conference Park
    Conference Center / Commons Building
    (Adjacent to Alki Bakery)
    20809 72nd Ave. S.
    Kent, WA 98032
    (253) 395-9226
    Early Registration: SKCHRA Chapter Members are $22.00, Non-SKCHRA Chapter Members are $27.00 and Students are $12.00 (Meal Deal Card Holders save 10%)
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    Explore the current major federal and state legislative trends affecting the workplace.  We will review proposed, pending, or rejected legislation affecting the workplace from the our most recent state and federal legislative sessions to evaluate the potential impact on workplace policies. We will also discuss potential liability risks and forecast future trends relating to your work force based on the current enforcement climate.



    Presenyed by:

    Catharine M. Morisset joined the Seattle office of Jackson Lewis LLP in 2008, bringing with her over eight years of federal and state court litigation experience representing clients in a variety of industries, from maritime to financial services.  Her appellate experience includes successfully authoring briefs and presenting oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Washington State Court of Appeals.

    Ms. Morisset’s practice focuses on employment litigation in state and federal courts as well as defending employers before the EEOC, Washington and Alaska Human Rights Commissions, and state labor agencies. This includes defending employers against discrimination, wage-hour, or wrongful termination claims brought by Washington or Alaska employees.  Ms. Morisset’s wage & hour related litigation experience includes defending individual and multi-plaintiff claims for unpaid overtime and missed meal and rest periods under Washington law.  She believes a little “preventative medicine” goes a long way, and she regularly advises clients on a variety of workplace issues, such as best practices for employment policies and handbooks, wage-hour compliance, leave compliance, disability leave management, reasonable accommodations, investigations, discipline and terminations, and responses to state regulatory investigations.  Ms. Morisset enjoys working with employers of all sizes across a wide variety of industries – from “mom & pop” shops to nation-wide industrial manufactures.

    Ms. Morisset is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, and has presented on various topics from disability leave management to social media in the workplace to SHRM members, human resource professionals, and representatives of non-profit organizations.

    Ms. Morisset received her Bachelor’s of Arts from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington in 1994.  She graduated cum laude from Tulane University School of Law in 1999 where she was the Senior Articles Editor for the Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law.  She also received two CALI Excellence for the Future awards for receiving the highest grade in Torts and Employment Discrimination.  Before beginning private practice, Ms. Morisset clerked for one year for the Honorable C.C. Bridgewater of Division II of the Washington State Court of Appeals.

    Ms. Morisset is licensed to practice in the State of Washington and the State of Alaska.


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