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    Employee Handbook Audit: What’s New for 2015

    Date: April 16, 2015, 11:15am – 1:00pm
    CenterPoint Conference Park
    Conference Center/Commons Building
    (Adjacent to Alki Bakery)
    20809 72nd Ave S
    Kent, WA 98032
    Early Registration: SKCHRA Chapter Members are $27.00, Non-SKCHRA Chapter Members are $32.00 and Students are $17.00 (Meal Deal Card Holders save 10%)
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    A proactive employer annually audits its employee handbooks and policies.  This 60 minute presentation will focus on key changes needed to reflect recent legal developments.  This includes revisiting your company’s drug free workplace and testing policies in light of Washington’s legalization of recreational marijuana and the need to review policies related to employees’ use of corporate email systems, company equipment, and social media due to recent rulings by the National Labor Relations Board reversing long standing precedent related to restrictions on employees’ use of company communication systems.  Attendees will also explore the types of policies that have been useful to employers in defending against workplace regulatory investigations and litigation.  Attendees will receive a list of key policies to target for review.

    Participants will review workplace policies that have recently been rejected by the courts, EEOC, and National Labor Relations Board in order to prioritize policies requiring immediate review.  The presentation will include practical examples of policy language that has been problematic for employers, as well as examples of policies that have been helpful for employers in defense of workplace investigations, audits, or lawsuits.


    Presented By:

    Catharine Morisset

    Catharine M. Morisset is a Shareholder and joined the Seattle office of Jackson Lewis P.C. 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.  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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