Navigating the Bermuda Triangle: Managing Difficult Employee Leaves

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This Webinar Activity has been APPROVED for SHRM Recertification Credits.

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.

Learning Objectives:

Attendees will review the essential employer obligations for FMLA, ADA, workers compensation, paid leave, pregnancy accommodations, or other common leave rights and move to more complex examples involving inconsistencies in these laws that often lead to liability.

By reviewing common mistakes and often overlooked regulations, guidance, or case law, attendees will practice and build new skills to handle complex employee leave situations.

Catharine Morisset is a litigation partner in the firm’s Seattle office, representing local and national employers in litigation in state and federal courts, on appeal, and also before the EEOC and similar state agencies in all aspects of workplace law, such as the ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, FCRA, NLRA, Title VII, UTSA, and similar state laws. From the outset, Catharine works with clients to develop a strategy that leads to successful resolutions, whether it is a meticulous plaintiff’s deposition, motion to dismiss, favorable mediation, or trial success.

Catharine believes in working closely with clients to address workplace issues proactively and as a valued partner to develop a successful workforce.  She uses her litigation experience to work closely with clients across all industries to provide effective preventive counseling and workforce training. This includes regularly advising and training clients on drug testing, background checks, hiring, diversity, wage-hour compliance, leaves, noncompetition agreements, reasonable accommodations, investigations, employment agreements, discipline, terminations, and mass layoffs.  Catharine is an experienced management and workforce trainer, sharing her legal knowledge and experience in an accessible, dynamic, and interactive manner.

As part of her commitment to fostering successful workplaces, Catharine is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  She is an accomplished speaker, who is often invited to address members across the state and the Pacific Northwest in all areas of workplace law. Catharine proudly demonstrates her commitment to advancing women in the legal profession as an Ambassador to the firm’s Women’s Initiative and Leadership Council.