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Columbia Basin SHRM - 2015 Spring Seminar
April 23, 2015

2015 Spring Seminar

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7:30 am – 8:00 am = Morning Registration

8:00 am – 10:00 am = “Getting Employees Back to Work and Staying at Work" (presenter: Chris Ver Eecke)
This two hour session will provide employers with an overview of the "Return to Work" programs, the "Stay at Work" programs and the other L&I services available to employers. You will learn how to apply for "Stay at Work" reimbursements including what the employer requirements are. The presenter will cover the many benefits of a "Return to Work" and "Stay at Work" program and how they can work to reduce claim costs. The presenter will also share all of the any resources and benefits that L&I offers to employers and how they can assist with getting employees back to work and staying there.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm = “Creating a Zero Incidents Workplace Philosophy vs Zero-Tolerance (presenter: Jim Sawyer)
In this two hour session, the presenter will cover the common mistakes organizations make regarding workplace violence and identify high risk factors for violence in clients and customers. Participants will also learn about the critical importance of recognizing non-verbal warning signs of violence. Other discussions topics will include: the importance of personal intuition and acting on it, personal space, personal safety and how to stand with an angry person, 5 non-verbal behaviors that may anger or enrage a client, verbal dos, verbal judo, 10 best practices, verbal don'ts and comments to avoid, parking lot safety, and much more.

11:45 am – 12:00 pm = Afternoon Registration

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm = Lunch

1:00pm – 5:00pm = “When the Appletini Sours..." (presenter: Michael Droke)
Work-life balance, family friendly workplaces, employee engagement initiatives, texting and cell phones at work, Facebook and Twitter, productivity enhancements and work-from-home options increasingly merge our work, personal, and family lives. Important programs for productivity and morale, but what employment legal implications arise when historical workplace roles merge and blur? When is a "friend" just a "Facebook friend" or is that "Facebook friend" really a supervisor? Join us for this informative and entertaining look at employment law....When the Appletini Sours.

About the Presenters:
Chris Ver Eeck:
A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a M.Ed in Rehabilitation Counseling. He is a Certified Rehab Counselor, Certified Case Manager and a Certified Disability Management Specialist and works a sthe Stay at Work program Vocational Outreach Specialist at Washington State Labor and Industries. Chris has been with L&I for 5 1/2 years and workd for SIF Corporation in Oregon as Return to Work Coordinator and 10 years in the private sector as an advocate for individuals with Disabilities

Jim Sawyer:
President of the WA State Crime Prevention Association and is employed at the Seattle's Children Hospital in Security Services. He graduated with his A.A. in Criminal Justice and his B.A. in Society and Justice. Jim is a Certified Protection Professional, Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator and has won several awards with the WSCPA including Program of the year, President's Award for Crime Prevention and Lifetime Achievement Award of the year.

Michael Droke:
Is a partner in Dorsey & Whitney's Labor and Employment Practice. He has been advising clients regarding workplace issues for over 20 years. He regularly provides counseling and advocacy to clients across a wide range of matters, including preventative counseling, employment law training, and litigation defense and dispute resolution. As a current manager, former HR professional and operations manager, Michael brings a practical focus to the entertaining program.
Christine DeVere
Telephone:  509-378-5333
Email:  cdevere@charter.net