Ryan Swanson's 30th Annual Employment Law Seminar

Our Speakers


For 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 25, 2018 our attorneys discussed a wide range of employment law trends and provided practical solutions to help business owners and human resources professionals navigate workplace challenges.


Tuesday, September 25, 2018
The Sanctuary
Seattle, Washington


  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm:  Hosted Lunch
  • 12:30pm – 1:00pm:  Keynote Presentation: “Achieving Pay Equity” – Sara Bowen, Global Leader, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility at Starbucks
  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm: Program [PRESENTATION SLIDES]
    • Washington’s Paid Family and Medical LeaveMatt LaPalm, Small Business Specialist and Communications Consultant and Silvia I. Lugo, Communications and Outreach Consultant, from the Washington Employment Security Department
      Ashley and Silvia from the Washington State Employment Security Department discussed the Paid Family and Medical Leave program, which allows workers in Washington to take the necessary time off to care for themselves and their families. The program is funded by both employees and many employers, and ensures partial wage replacement for up to 12 weeks, as needed, to welcome a child into the family, care for themselves or a loved one during a serious illness or injury, and for certain military-connected events.
    • Workplace Investigations (case study) – Kristin Nealey Meier
      Kristin demonstrated through a case study how to navigate the challenges of a typical sexual harassment complaint, investigation, conclusion and corrective action.
    • What We’re Hearing From our Clients: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions from HR Personnel Shannon Lawless
      This session covered the gamut of questions we hear most often from our clients, including how to deal with employees’ use of social media, how to accommodate disabilities, how to implement an effective mobile device policy, how to handle absences without running afoul of paid sick leave laws, and more.
    • Recent Developments in State & Federal Law – Hana Kern
      In this presentation, Hana reviewed some of the employment decisions of federal and Washington state courts over the past year and discussed how they affect your business. Employers came away with an up-to-date look at the latest developments in labor and employment law locally and across the U.S.
    • Best Practices in Hiring and Firing – Britenae Pierce
      Today more than ever staying on the right side of the law with respect to hiring and firing employees is imperative for business success. Failure to follow the right process may lead to potential legal claims. This presentation gave employers the information they need to know and offered practical advice on how to properly hire and fire employees.
    • How to Be Successful in the Current Immigration Climate – Joel Paget
      There continues to be a flurry of immigration activity from the current administration. This presentation recapped what you need to know about the travel ban, extreme vetting of visa applicants by the consulates and at airports, and the increase in enforcement visits at employer sites for I-9’s, H-1B, and L-1 visas.  Joel also discussed the Notices of Actions to appear at Immigration Court after a denial of a petition/application, and the extensive delays in processing.
  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm: Cocktail Reception at The Halo Bar in The Sanctuary

3 HRCI/CLE/SHRM credits pending.


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

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