Ryan Swanson's 31st Annual Employment Law Seminar

For over three decades, the attorneys at Ryan Swanson have been keeping clients, business partners and friends up to date on recent developments in employment law.  On September 24, 2019 our attorneys will discuss a wide range of employment law trends and provide practical solutions to help business owners and human resources professionals navigate workplace challenges.



Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Block 41
Seattle, Washington


  • 12:00 pm: Lunch/Registration
  • 12:30 pm: Keynote: Cindi Bright – Provocateur of Change/Radio Host
  • 1:00 pm:  Program
    • Recent Developments in State and Federal LawHelen Hapner
      [Hapner – Recent Developments in State and Federal Law]
      In this presentation, Helen will review some of the recent updates in the law, including new rule changes and employment decisions of federal and Washington state courts over the past year. The presentation will discuss how these changes can affect your business. Employers will come away with an up-to-date look at the latest developments in labor and employment law locally and across the U.S.
    • ADA Compliance – What do I do?Kristin Nealey Meier
      [Meier – ADA Compliance]
      The ADA requires accommodation of employees with a disability, but what does that mean? Kristin will describe the steps to take if you suspect, or are told, that an employee has a disability that needs to be accommodated. You will take away tips on engaging in the interactive process and practical suggestions for ensuring you are taking care of your employees while protecting your business.
    • Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave: Preparing for BenefitsShannon Lawless
      [Lawless – PFMLA]
      Beginning January 1, 2020, Washington employees will be able to collect paid benefits from the Employment Security Department (ESD) when they take family and medical leave. Shannon will provide practical advice on how to prepare your company for this next phase of the Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Act, including tips on how paid family and medical leave interacts with Washington’s Paid Sick Leave Law and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). She’ll also give you the inside scoop on what’s happening at ESD as it prepares for the benefits launch.
    • HR 101: A Case Study. When the phone rings… Susan Fox & Hana Kern
      [Fox and Kern – HR 101 Case Study]
      An interactive discussion highlighting the nuances and challenges faced by HR Professionals.
    • Employer Compliance in the Current Immigration ClimateAmy Royalty
      [Royalty – Employer Compliance in the Current Immigration Climate]
      There continues to be a flurry of immigration activity from the current administration. In this presentation, Amy Royalty will discuss what you need to know about recent changes to immigration regulations and policies affecting employers, including H-1Bs, H-4 EADs, extreme vetting and travel issues, lengthy processing times, as well as USCIS site visits, I-9 compliance and worksite enforcement.
    • Wage and Hour: Answers to Frequently Asked QuestionsBritenae Pierce
      [Pierce – Wage and Hour]
      Some of the most commonly asked employment questions are about wage and hour laws.  A company’s failure to stay on the right side of those laws may lead to potentially high penalties and damage awards.  In this session, Britenae Pierce will answer frequently asked questions about overtime rules, paycheck deductions, independent contractors, meal and rest breaks, off the clock work, remote work, and more.
  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm: Cocktails and Networking



Space is limited. Please register by Wednesday, September 18, 2019.
3 HRCI/CLE/SHRM credits pending.


If you have questions about the seminar, please contact Laurel Jones, [email protected].

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