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    Attention Employers: Age is Relative

    Date: December 21, 2017, 11:15am – 1:00pm
    South King County SHRM
    CenterPoint Conference Park
    Conference Center/Commons Building
    Adjacent to Alki Bakery
    20809 72nd Ave S
    Kent, WA 98032
    Early Registration: SKC-SHRM Chapter Members are $29.00, Non-SKC-SHRM Chapter Members are $35.00 and Students are $17.00 (Meal Deal Card Holders save 10%)
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    Age discrimination, unfortunately, is alive and well.  I will review the federal and state laws prohibiting age discrimination with reference to recent cases that illustrate the pitfalls that may lead to legal claims.  Many of these pitfalls arise from perceptions and stereotypes of “older workers” held by decision-makers and co-workers.  The way in which training, performance evaluations, disciplinary actions and a company’s anti-harassment policy are administered may inadvertently pave the way for age discrimination claims.  We will discuss best practices to reduce the legal risk of age discrimination claims.

    Likewise, age is correlated with disability.  Most of us are aware that courts and enforcement agencies such as the EEOC broadly interpret the term “disability” under the ADA and state law.  Employers are required to provide an accommodation to enable a qualified individual with a physical, sensory or mental impairment that impacts major life activities to perform his/her job.  To the extent employees remain in the workplace longer and choose to retire later, employers must be keenly aware of their obligations under the ADA, including those with respect to safety.  I will review the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and state law with reference to recent cases and suggest best practices to reduce legal risk in this area - with respect to employees of any age.   

    Finally, when you must terminate or lay off an employee who is 40 years of age or older (for objective, verifiable reasons!), as with any employee, you may consider providing a severance payment in exchange for a release of claims.  I will go over the requirements of the ADEA and Older Workers Benefit Protection Act that apply to severance agreements for employees forty and over.

    Presented by:

    Kellis Borek

    Menu: Classic Pot Roast and Chicken Marsala served with fresh garden salad, classic home style buttery mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, rolls and butter, and dessert. Includes hot coffee and tea. Request special Gluten Free or Vegetarian plated entrée when registering online.

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