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2018 CBSHRM Fall Seminar
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM PDT
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CBSHRM Fall Seminar
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Richland Red Lion
7:30 am   Registration & Networking                       Printable Agenda (PDF)
    Coffee service and continental breakfast available
8:15 am   Harassment & #MeToo movement (90 Mins)
    Presented by: Brent Hamilton & Gillian Murphy; Davis Wright Tremaine (PDX)

Learn more about what HR Professionals needs to know to address workplace harassment and the #MeToo movement.

A complex web of state and federal laws and regulations govern an employer’s obligation to maintain a harassment-free workplace. Though maintaining an anti-harassment policy is a first step to reducing exposure to harassment lawsuits, it is not enough. Employers should also educate all levels of their workforce about appropriate workplace conduct. This interactive presentation will not only cover the legal definitions of the various forms of harassment, but will also provide guidance on some of the gray areas that commonly arise in the modern workplace. Attendees will also gain valuable insight into investigations, avoiding retaliation, and appropriate courses of action to take when witnessing harassment.

Gillian Murphy focuses her practice on employment advice and counsel. She helps employers of all sizes successfully navigate every aspect of the employment relationship, including compliance with leave and disability law, discrimination investigations, updating personnel policies, and drafting executive compensation agreements. 

Brent Hamilton is a litigator who focuses his practice on employment matters, including claims for sexual harassment, wrongful termination, discrimination, and retaliation. He has experience representing clients in a wide variety of business litigation and complex litigation, including claims related to non-compete agreements, breaches of contract, partnership disputes, business torts, property damage, and personal injury

10:00 am   WA Paid Family & Medical Leave – Getting Employers Ready for 2019 (with Q & A) (90 Mins)
    Presented by: Matt LaPalm; ESD (Lacey)


Washington will be the 5th state to offer paid family and medical leave benefits starting in 2020, but employers have action to take in 2019.  Get a jump on 2019 and learn how your business can prepare to implement this mandatory program in this free presentation by the Washington State Employment Security Department. This session will help participants understand the legislation and emerging regulations, preparing them to guide leadership within their respective organizations. 

Learning Objectives include:

•     Learn the employee benefits of WA’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Program
•     Learn the employer requirements of the program
•     Learn how this program interacts with FMLA
•     Learn the roll out timeline and how you can prepare your business

Matt LaPalm is the Small Business Specialist in the Paid Family and Medical Leave team at the Employment Security Department. With a background in small and medium businesses, he understands how challenging running a business can be and how this new statewide insurance program will impact Washington’s small and independent employers.

11:30 am   Yes Vets Program (30 mins)
    Presented by: Arturo V. Espinoza; WorkSource Columbia Basin


In the Washington legislature HB 2040 was introduced as a cooperative effort to initiate a campaign to increase veteran employment.  Promoting both employment opportunities and training opportunities, Yes Vets partners with agencies and business to recognize and highlight organizations that hire veterans.  This presentation will feature elements of the Yes Vets program, providing information for participants to align their organizations with the program.

Arturo V. Espinoza  is a US Army Veteran.  He is currently Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) and Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP) specialist with WorkSource Columbia Basin.

12:00 pm           LUNCH

1:00 pm   Time for Disruption: A Call to HR Leaders to Lead (90 min)
    Presented by: Wade Larson; Larson Leadership Consulting (Spokane)


During this workshop, Dr. Wade Larson will share the 5 steps HR leaders must take to develop these leadership competencies. He will explore the current state of affairs in today’s work environment and the progress over the past 20 years since HR’s effort to “get a seat at the table” as well as what we’ve done with it as a profession. Attendees will identify those competencies needed to be successful, leadership strategies that can help them succeed, and evaluation tools they can use to consider their own status. Participants will also consider their own personal professional growth and what opportunities they have to take advantage of their current situation to position themselves within their organizations to gain influence, become the catalyst for change, and help the organization and its leadership achieve more, do more, and become more.

Dr. Wade Larson is on a personal mission to help individuals and companies overcome mediocrity and achieve their best. With a background in HR, leadership, and talent development, Wade has worked with hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals as a consultant and HR Executive to develop programs that help them do more, achieve more and be more. A recent article in Forbes highlighted his approach to continuous improvement as he shares in his recently published book titled Doing HR Better. Dr. Larson works as the chief human resources officer at Wagstaff, Incorporated and serves as an executive board member for the Inland Northwest Council of Boy Scouts of America.

2:45 pm   Developing Your Inner Circle (90 min)
    Presented by: Peggy Vasquez; Battelle


Whether you realize it or not, you are part of an inner circle and are likely helping someone else move closer to their goals, dreams and desires.  Why not use this successful technique in your own life and develop a powerful inner circle of your own?  With the help of your inner circle, you can gain greater momentum to carry you closer to your goals, dreams, and desires.

Learning Outcomes include:

•     Increase your success and happiness
•     Raise your level of respect
•     How to attract meaningful connections
•     Why developing your inner circle is a crucial part of success in all areas of your life, not just your career
•     What your inner circle really brings to the table
•     How the idea of the inner circle is revolutionary and powerful
•     How to provided powerful support to those in your inner circle
•     Simple steps and strategies for creating your own inner circle and attracting meaningful connections with the right people.

Peggy Vasquez works with Administrative Professionals, Managers, Human Resources and Conference Planners.  She provides coaching and training for professionals to increase their communication, partnerships and professionalism, so they can make more money, get more work done and be happier at work on a daily basis.   Peggy is an international speaker, inspirational author, trainer and coach.  Her passion and personal mission statement is to empower others to succeed and that is exactly what she’ll do for you. She has been actively involved in her community and has served as the President of Women Helping Women and Administrative Professionals of Tri-Cities.  Peggy has been the Chief Executive Assistant at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory since 2005, is a certified trainer and certified Executive Professional Assistant. Her most successful accomplishment is being married to her husband, Rene’ for over 30 years and raising 4 children and spoiling 6 grandchildren together!

REGISTER by September 20, 2018 and save $20 with promo code FALL18.


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