HR HotSpot Webinars

Looking for practical guidance, real-world solutions and best practices for managing the human resources of your organization? You’ve come to the right place! HR HotSpot is hosted by TERRA Staffing Group in partnership with select associations and solution providers. Regardless of your title or tenure, you’ll find valuable information to help you address the complex challenges and unique opportunities of today’s workplace.

September 24, 2020

Leave in the Time of COVID-19 – Colorado’s New Sick Leave Legislation

This activity is APPROVED for SHRM recertification credits

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Steve Bell Dorsey & Whitney LLP

This webinar will discuss Colorado’s new legislation requiring employers to provide employees with sick leave, specifically identifying which employers will be required to provide sick leave and when the requirement becomes effective.

It will also discuss the nuances of the law, such as how sick leave is acquired and how it is measured for use.

September 18, 2020

Mental Health Accommodation: Buckle in for 2021

This activity is APPROVED for SHRM recertification credits

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Jodi Slavik Vigilant

Unlike physical injuries, mental illness can show up as subtle, erratic behavior that is easy to miss or dismiss until it becomes unhealthy or even dangerous.  These challenges are amplified at work, where employers have a duty to protect employees, but to also avoid discrimination. 

This presentation will jump feet-first into the grey area of mental health accommodation, using real case-studies to address the nuances of notice, interaction, and effective resolution. 

June 19, 2020

Legal Considerations for a Brave New WFH World

This activity is APPROVED for SHRM recertification credits

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Aaron Goldstein Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Necessity has made WFH arrangements more commonplace.

And those employers who already supported WFH are probably doing just fine. But the reality is that many employers likely rushed to create WFH arrangements and are now realizing that they may need better policies and practices in place if this is to become the new norm.

In this webinar, Aaron Goldstein, Partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, returns to do a deeper dive on flexible work arrangements. He will provide updated information on WFH and share his legal expertise, in order to support employers who are trying to navigate flex-work arrangements in this unique time.

May 15, 2020

Bringing Workers Back: Legal Considerations for Returning On-Site

This activity is APPROVED for SHRM recertification credits

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Michelle Bomberger Equinox Business Law Group

As you prepare to transition employees back to full-time work in the office, it’s important to formalize your policies.

Michelle Bomberger, founder, CEO and Managing Attorney at Equinox Business Law Group, will share the legal considerations of the transition, as well as how to still remain practical and sensitive to the anxiety and uncertainty your employees may feel in making this shift.

May 6, 2020

Manufacturer Back to Work Measures and Controls

This activity is APPROVED for SHRM recertification credits

We’ll be speaking with experts from Impact Washington, a non-profit organization providing support to manufacturers. Learn what controls and safety measures they recommend employers (with a special emphasis on manufacturers) adopt for back to work compliance. Our speakers are Washington-based but their guidance is relevant no matter where you have operations. They are also offering a free risk assessment. Tune in to learn more.

January 17, 2020

#MeToo Round Two: New Details, New Lessons

This activity is APPROVED for SHRM recertification credits

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Aaron Goldstein Dorsey & Whitney

Recently published details from the journalists that broke the #metoo stories in 2017 are exposing new upsetting details about these stories–particularly about how companies and their representatives abused the legal system to discredit victims and cover up crimes. These stories contain important lessons for companies and the HR Professionals that work for them.

In this session, Attorney Aaron Goldstein will discuss key lessons and implications for employment practices including: confronting blind spots, non-disclosure agreements and respectful investigations.

Learn how to go beyond mere compliance and discover how any HR leader can both serve the company’s interests and be a force for good in this very important arena by attending this webinar.

November 15, 2019

How to Think Like an Attorney: Practical Tips for Assessing Risk & Reward

This activity is APPROVED for SHRM recertification credits

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Michelle Bomberger Equinox Business Law Group

The practical application of that law, understanding downstream consequences and the ability to weigh risks and rewards is what “thinking like an attorney” is all about and a valuable skill in any leader’s toolkit.

In this session, Michelle Bomberger, CEO and Managing Attorney with Equinox Business Law Group, will break down how to think like an attorney when facing complex issues in business, particularly employment related matters.

You will learn:
• What to do when the law is unclear
• How to weigh risk and reward when faced with multiple options, especially when all of your options are bad.
• How to mitigate unintended consequences
• Questions to ask when you do call the attorney and they tell you “it depends…”

November 1, 2019

Washington State Paid Family Medical Leave Update

This activity is APPROVED for SHRM recertification credits

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Brennan Stoelb Washington State’s Employment Security Department

Washington State will offer paid family and medical leave benefits starting in 2020.

Last fall we hosted a webinar helping educate employers about this new mandated benefit and steps all businesses could take to prepare for employees using Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) starting in 2020. At that time, there were a lot of details of the program that were still being defined.

Now, as we wrap up the year and head into 2020, we are pleased to welcome a speaker from Washington State’s Employment Security Department (ESD) to share the most current details of PFML and answer your questions as we prepare for employees to start using this benefit.

July 19, 2019

Are Non-Competes Enforceable: Understanding Changes to Non-Compete Laws by State

This Activity has been APPROVED for SHRM Re-Certification Credits

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Catharine Morisset Fisher Phillips

Washington joined a growing small number of states last month to pass legislation that will significantly restrict noncompetition agreements with both employees and independent contractors.

The law sets a number of limits on non-competition agreements, from a minimum required salary level and limitation on length of the non-competition period.  The law also prohibits “no moonlighting” policies for lower wage workers and contains hurdles to enforcement of non-competition agreements.

This presentation will place Washington’s law in the context of other West Coast states’ approaches to these issues.

Employers who have any non-competition agreements or policies will want to attend to aid in development of their strategic plan to protect trade secrets.

May 17, 2019

Navigating the Murky Waters of Mental Health Accommodation

This Activity has been APPROVED for SHRM Re-Certification Credits

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Jodi Slavik Vigilant

Gun violence, suicide, and bomb threats, while stark in nature, often start with subtle, erratic behavior that is difficult to understand and even more difficult to address.  These challenges are amplified at work, where employers have a duty to protect employees, but to also avoid discrimination. This leaves HR in murky waters, determining whether employee behavior is a disability flag, and how to respond when the disability is hidden, nebulous, or unbelievable.

This presentation will jump feet-first into the grey area of mental health accommodation, using real case-studies to address the nuances of notice, interaction, and effective resolution. 

March 22, 2019

Legal Issues and Tips for Implementing Flexible Work Arrangements

This activity has been APPROVED for SHRM Recertification Credits.

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Aaron Goldstein Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Flexible work arrangements are becoming more commonplace as the realities of a global workforce and technological capabilities combine to make this a very viable and sometimes necessary arrangement.  But just because you can doesn’t mean you should?  Before you jump into flexible work arrangements, there are many legal and practical issues to consider.

November 20, 2018

Paid Family and Medical Leave: What WA Employers Need to Know Now

This Activity has been APPROVED for SHRM Re-Certification Credits.

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Sylvia Lugo Washington Employment Security Department

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.

November 9, 2018

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: How to Handle Harassment Claims in Your Company

This Activity has been APPROVED for SHRM Re-Certification Credits.

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Kristin Meir Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC

With sexual harassment claims on the rise, it is important for you to be prepared to address claims in your workplace.

In this presentation, you will learn; practical steps to make sure you know whether your insurance policies cover sexual harassment claims, what policies you need to effectively address these claims, and how to create a plan to address sexual harassment claims.

Kristin will also walk you through the necessary steps of investigating a sexual harassment claim to minimize your risk.

August 17, 2018

Navigating the Bermuda Triangle: Managing Difficult Employee Leaves

This Webinar Activity has been APPROVED for SHRM Recertification Credits.

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Catharine Morisset Fisher & Phillips LLP

The increasing number – and complexity – of employee leave laws creates the perfect storm for HR compliance. From the FMLA and the ADA to local workers’ compensation or paid leave laws, employers face countless potential liabilities.  Guided by employment law attorney Catharine Morisset, we’ll work through real life examples to build knowledge and skills in order to survive complex leave situations.

March 30, 2018

Conducting Workplace HR Investigations

This Activity has been APPROVED for SHRM Re-Certification Credits

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Jennifer Bouman-Steagall Red Kite Employment Law

If you are like most employers, you have a strong anti-harassment policy with some form of diversity training, both of which are designed to reduce or eliminate claims of harassment and discrimination in your workplace. The strength of an employer’s defense comes from its complaint resolution process and the effectiveness of its internal investigations into the complaints it receives. Being able to recognize a complaint that warrants an investigation is critical, as is the ability to investigate complaints in a timely, effective and meaningful manner.

You don’t have to be Columbo, Inspector Clouseau, or a private investigator to investigate, but there are certain things you need to know to investigate correctly. Join us for this informative discussion and learn how to address and investigate complaints of harassment.

January 19, 2018

How to Handle Employee Terminations: Best Practices and Lessons from the Trenches

Activity has been Approved for SHRM Recertification Credits.

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Aaron Goldstein Dorsey & Whitney

Getting employee terminations right can make the difference between maintaining a healthy work environment for your employees and an expensive lawsuit.
In this month’s webinar, we will help companies identify high-risk terminations and provide practical advice on how to the handle them.  Being prepared for such tricky terminations can help companies either avoid litigation or prevail, should an employee file suit.

November 17, 2017

Can My Employee Do That/Say That? Tips for preventing harassment claims in the workplace

Webinar has been APPROVED for SHRM Recertification Credits

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Portia Moore Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

What one employee thinks is nothing more than fun, joking, harmless behavior in the workplace, another employee may find offensive. Employers are at risk of lawsuits claiming harassment unless they take immediate action to address behavior that the reasonable person finds unwelcome and offensive. This webinar will address the fundamentals of a harassment claim, what is and is not appropriate behavior in the workplace, and ways HR professionals should address concerns of harassment that are raised by employees

September 22, 2017

Making $ense of Oregon’s Equal Pay Act

This activity has been submitted for HRCI and SHRM Re-Certification Credit

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Jennifer Bouman-Steagall Red Kite Employment Law

Oregon’s new Equal Pay Act signed into law June 1, 2017, attempts to level this uncertain compensation playing field in a number of key respects by (1) expanding the protections against disparate pay on the basis of more protected classes than just gender, (2) implementing new restrictions regarding salary history inquiries, and (3) expanding the remedies available to employees.  In an attempt to provide some balance, the new Act also expressly acknowledges that there may be legitimate, non-discriminatory factors to justify a difference in pay when, on its face, the wage disparity appears unequal or unfair.  What does this all mean to employers and when do you need to take action?  Join us for this informative program and find out more!

September 15, 2017

Employment Law Update

This activity has been submitted for HRCI and SHRM Recertification Credits.

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Kara Craig Archbright

Please join us on September 15th, 2017 for an informative webinar on employment law. Archbright Staff Attorney, Kara M. Craig, will provide a broad overview of the latest hot topics in employment law, including recent employment decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, courts around the Western United States, and changes in regulation and legislation.Please join us on September 15th, 2017 for an informative webinar on employment law. Archbright Staff Attorney, Kara M. Craig, will provide a broad overview of the latest hot topics in employment law, including recent employment decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, courts around the Western United States, and changes in regulation and legislation.

August 11, 2017

Tips for Addressing Cybersecurity Issues in the Workplace

This Webinar has been approved for SHRM and HRCI Re-Certification Credit.

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Kristin Nealey Meier Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC

No company is immune from an attack, and all companies have either been hacked, are currently being hacked and don’t know it, or are next in line. To prepare for and prevent such attacks, it’s critical to understand the risks posed by certain policies, the importance of creating a cyber response plan, and the need to invest in training for employees. 

February 12, 2016

FLSA Proposed Exemption Changes—What Every Employer Needs to Know Now

This Webinar has been approved for SHRM and HRCI Re-Certification Credit.

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Kara M. Craig Archbright

No doubt you’ve seen the headlines. The Department of Labor has proposed massive changes to FLSA exemptions that will affect every employer.

September 11, 2015

Reduce Your Medical Costs, not Your Medical Plan

Submitted for SHRM and HRCI Recertification Credits

June 19, 2015

What’s New in Employment Law?

APPROVED By HRCI for 1.0 General Credit Hours

March 13, 2015

The Risks & Rewards of Electronics in the Workplace

APPROVED By HRCI for 1.0 General Credit Hours

November 15, 2013

Employers in the City of Seattle: A Special Webcast Regarding The “Job Assistance” Ordinance

August 16, 2013

Back It Up! Risks, Rewards (and NEW Regulations) Regarding Background Screening

March 29, 2013

Independent Reality: The New Law of Contractor Status

APPROVED By HRCI for 1.0 General Credit Hours

January 27, 2012

Survived an ICE Audit