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    President's Report

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    Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave

    Presented by Bob Battles

    January 08, 2020
    11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

    Program Description:

    Has your business implemented this mandatory program?

    Are you prepared for employees to start using Paid Family and Medical leave?

    Still have tons of questions?


    Please join Bob Battles for an engaging discussion about this new program, its implication, and what you need to do in your HR role to manage its associated provisions. Bob will share the most current information about the leave and wht you need to know to ensure successful administration.


    About the Speaker:
    Bob Battles is AWB’s director of government affairs on workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, and other workplace issues, including employment law, wage and hour issues, workplace safety and legal affairs. Battles also serves as AWB’s general counsel. Battles has more than two decades of experience as an attorney specializing in workplace issues and government affairs. He began his career with a 10-year stint in the office of the Washington State Attorney General. He led a team of 18 attorneys and professional staff as team leader in the Labor and Industries Division. In the AG’s office he supervised more than 400 L&I cases per year in areas such as electrical, contractor, plumbing and factory-assembled structures. Battles also spent 12 years in private practice at several Puget Sound-area law firms, and was a partner at Eisenhower Carlson PLLC in Tacoma. While in private practice he represented both individual and business clients in regulatory issues and complex litigation including the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA) and industrial insurance defense. He has litigated cases before the Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings, multiple state superior courts, the Washington State Court of Appeals, the Washington State Supreme Court, the United States District Court and the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Battles was technical editor for the Gonzaga Law Review before graduating in 1992 from the Gonzaga University School of Law. Battles is a board member and past chair of the Bates Technical College Steam Certification Board. He has also served on the board of the FISH Food Bank of Pierce County. For the past decade he has been a volunteer coordinator for the Yakima Youth Mission at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church. He lives with his family near Kent in rural King County.


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    $30.00 Member Ticket

    $40.00 Non-Member Ticket

    Date: January 24, 2020          TIme: 8:00 AM – 4:15 PM
    Venue: Washington State Capitol Legislative Building, Columbia Room
    Address: 416 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Olympia, WA 98504

    Take the opportunity to talk directly with your legislators – hear what’s going on in Olympia and have your voice be heard!  The 2020 HR Day on the Hill is Friday, January 24th.  Agenda also includes returning speakers:

    • Bob Battles, AWB, speaking on “An Overview of Employment Law Legislation for the 2020 Session”;
    • Joshua Grice, WA Dept of L&I, covering “What’s Coming in 2020”
    • Matt Lapalm, WA Employment Security Department, “The Latest on the Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Act”
    • Catharine Morisset, Fisher Phillips, “Employment Litigation and Enforcement Trends 2019 in Review”; and
    • Kara Craig, Viligant, “The Struggle is Real: We Need to Talk about Recurring Legal Issues in Today’s Workplace”


    PS – did we mention the Party Bus??  That’s right!  Ride in style with other HR colleagues from around the state.  Before it fills up, get your seat at Party Bus Registration


    $75.00 Member Ticket

    $95.00 Non-Member Ticket

    Click Here to View the 2020 WA State Employment Law & Human Resouces Conference



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    Meet the Board of Directors

    We would like to express a whole hearted thank you to the 2019 Board of Directors for all the work they put in to the chapter during the past year.

    Each month we will take a look at who makes up the 2020 Board of Directors. This month we will get to know...

    Monica Blackwood, Legislative Director

    I’m excited to serve as your 2020 Legislative Director for WSHRMA!  Here’s a little about me:

    It’s hard to believe that I’ve been in the HR generalist field for 17 years now.  Prior to focusing on HR, I held positions in communications and marketing for a local professional sports team as well as an IT company.  I blended this background with my interest in HR while with a design firm, before purchasing West Sound Workforce in 2018. 

    Volunteering has also been an active part of my life, holding a variety of positions with various levels of participation – everything from being a PTA member helping at school functions for my kids to serving as the Chair of the Board for organizations such as Olympic College Foundation, Holly Ridge Center and KEDA, among others.

    On a personal level, I am extremely lucky to have a great husband and three wonderful children to share in life’s journey!  They keep me running around with all of their activities, and when we can, are the best travel companions to explore far-off places.

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    SHRM Certification

    Have you heard, there have been a couple major changes to SHRM certification policy, effective August 1, 2019?  These changes simplify and provide more flexibility for the recertification process.  The changes are:   

    • Earn PDCs during Grace Period:  SHRM Certification holders who are working toward recertification can earn PDCs for activities they participate in through their grace period (the 60-day period between their certification end date and expiration date).
    • Immediately Begin Earning PDCs for the New Recertification Cycle when you Recertify Early:  The new recertification cycle for SHRM Certification holders who recertify early will begin the NEXT DAY after they recertify. Their end date will continue to be on the last day of their birth month. 
    • Carry over Max of 20 Credits to the Next Recertification Cycle:  SHRM Certification holders who recertify with more than 60 PDCs in their account will be able to carry over up to 20 credits to their new cycle. 

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    Ideas and Suggestions

    We love your great ideas, suggestions, comments, and concerns-so we can improve!

    Please send them to [email protected]

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