Employer Solutions Law offers trainings for employers in the areas of workers' compensation, workplace safety issues, and employment law.
To find out more about hosting a training for your company, please contact Anne Allan.
Presentation & Training Descriptions
- Crisis Management
Worksites can go from peaceful to catastrophic in a matter of seconds. All employers on a worksite, whether directly responsible for the injury/fatality or not, will face immediate scrutiny and need to make decisions in real time. Learn about best practices to deal with the injured, families, co-workers, media, and the Department of Labor and Industries. Know who key parts of your support team should be from insurance agents, companies and media consultants to Labor and Industries attorneys and liability counsel.
- Legal Issues and Ethics for Safety Professionals
Safety professionals work hard to ensure safe workplaces for employees. Part of that job, however, frequently requires safety professionals to interact with attorneys and participate in litigation. Safety professionals may face dilemmas choosing between what management wants them to do and what they are ethically obligated to do. Learn about work product, attorney-client privilege, and legal and ethical requirements for the safety professional.
- When and How to Appeal WISHA/DOSH Citations Through the Department Reassumption Process
Why is it important to consider appealing a citation and how damaging is it if you don’t? Learn the process of challenging citations, your options for mediation and next steps if you do not reach a settlement.
- Before, During and After a WISHA/DOSH Safety Inspection: Best Practices for Employers
The best practice for any employer is to have a plan and protocol in place for a DOSH safety inspection. What should this plan include and how should your company respond if a citation is issued? Learn how the appeals process works at reassumption hearings and Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals hearings, and learn about employer defenses to a WISHA citation.
- The Financial and Moral Case for Safety: A Lawyer’s Perspective
An inadequate safety program can have a huge impact on your workers’ compensation costs and on your costs associated with workplace safety citations. Workers’ compensation claims’ costs impact employers in many ways and penalties for safety violations have increased exponentially over the past few years. Employers also often forget to factor in the emotional cost of serious injuries and fatalities. Learn “best practices” and the benefits of implementing a comprehensive safety program.
- General Contractor Liability: New Department of Labor and Industries’ Policy Finds General and Upper Tier Contractors “Per Se” Liable for Safety Violations of Subcontractors and As of June 8, 2018 May Now Cite General Contractor’s Code by Code
The “Stute” court decision resulted in a Department policy where general contractors could be found liable for safety violations of subcontractors. Subsequent court decisions have resulted in a new Department policy where building owners, general contractors and upper tier contractors are “per se” liable for serious or greater violations of lower tier contractors. The Department may now also cite general and upper tier contractors for each specific code violation of subcontractors. Learn about the new policy, increased risks and best practices to protect your business.
Employment Law Topics
- Suicide Prevention and Awareness
Suicide is a growing problem. A suicide on or off the job impacts the workplace. There are many suicide prevention strategies. Learn how to spot warning signs and what to do. The benefits of creating a culture of physical and mental health and of safety are substantial and in the best interest of the company. Learn tools and training tips to promote an emotionally healthy culture in the workplace.
- Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Prevention
Today’s workplace is a melting pot of people, cultures, religions and abilities. It is important to know what forms harassment and discrimination can take. What’s the definition of harassment? What laws protect employees from discrimination in the workplace? Learn the policies and procedures you should implement in order to keep a harassment or discrimination claim at bay.
- Opioid, Drug and Alcohol Addiction in the Workplace: Rules, Case Law and Best Practices for Employers
How pervasive is the problem of opioid, drug and alcohol addiction in the workplace? What issues should employers be aware of? How does the legalization of marijuana in Washington State impact your company’s drug policy or program? The Department of Labor and Industries has adopted new rules and opioid guidelines. Learn the most current rules and best practices for your company.
- Employment Law Update
The Washington Legislature passed significant employment laws in 2018 and 2019. The Courts have established new law impacting the workplace, as well. Learn about the key provisions of the Equal-Pay Opportunity Act, new limits on sexual harassment/nondisclosure agreements, limits on employment agreements and discrimination settlements, “ban the box” legislation that limits when employers can ask about prior arrests and criminal convictions and more.
- Hiring and Firing: Best Practices for Employers
Hiring the wrong person and not handling terminations correctly create huge problems and costs for employers. Learn about laws applicable to hiring and firing employees and, just as important, best practices to make good hires, manage employees and have employment end while minimizing the risks of drama or litigation.
- Generational Differences in the Workplace: Challenges & Best Practices for Employers
There can be five generations working in any workplace. From Baby-Boomers to Generation Z, the cultural influences, values, expectations and communication styles of each generation are distinct. Misunderstanding or conflict can occur between generations if these differences are not recognized and valued. What are emerging workplace trends and generational similarities? How do generational values and characteristics affect the way employees interact? Learn answers to these questions and best practices for generations to better communicate and work together.
Workers' Compensation Topics
- Red Flags on Workers’ Compensation Claims: How to Identify Them Early to Avoid Lengthy and Expensive Claims
There are numerous red flags to look for on workers’ compensation claims. With red flags, there is a high risk that the claim is fabricated and should be rejected or that a very aggressive and proactive approach is needed to get claim impact limited and the claim closed. Certain cost savings options have a short window of opportunity. Learn what these “red flags” are, how to spot them early, and best practices for employers so you can avoid costly, drawn-out claims.
- Preferred Worker Program in Washington State: What Every Employer Needs to Know
The Department of Labor and Industries’ revised Preferred Worker Program provides eligible employers with financial incentives to hire certified preferred workers. Learn how your company can participate in this program, help get your injured workers back to work and save tens of thousands of dollars by making them preferred worker job offers and getting them classified as certified preferred workers. When this opportunity is missed, claimants may go on to get years of vocational retraining and time loss compensation. Learn about the potential cost benefits of this program, strategies for implementation and “best practices”.
- Navigating the Workers’ Compensation System in Washington State: Best Practices for Employers
Most employers are unaware of the huge expense their company can incur by failing to fight workers’ compensation claims’ costs and issues early enough and aggressively enough. Learn how the workers’ compensation system in Washington really works, some common “red flags” on workers’ compensation claims and the financial benefits of fighting a claim early. The best defense on workers’ compensation claims is to have a good offense!