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WSBA Sections

 

Updated: Oct. 26, 2022

Labor and Employment Law Section

The Labor and Employment Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association is one of the larger and fastest growing sections of the WSBA, mirroring the growth of the practice area. The Section includes members who practice many different aspects of labor and employment law, including lawyers representing private and public sector employers, unions, management, and individual employees, as well as law professors, arbitrators, and other neutrals.

The Section provides benefits to members by coordinating events that keep practitioners informed on the latest developments in employment law, which promotes competency and ethical practice in the Bar. The Section hosts an annual CLE and business meeting, and also funds a labor and employment law summer work internship for a student at each of the three law schools. Members of the Section also meet with law students throughout the year.

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Annual Labor and Employment Fall Conference Nov. 4 Register Now!

Please join us for the upcoming 22nd Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, which you can attend in-person or virtually. This seminar has been approved for 7 CLE credits, including 4.5 Law and Legal Procedure and 2.5 Ethics.

This year’s Conference will be held on Nov. 4, 2022, at the Seattle Convention Center, as well as broadcast live online. There will be panels reviewing recent amendments to Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML), as well as other important legislative updates. Other panels will cover investigations and discovery issues related to social media and electronic tracking. Attendees also will learn about the role language can play in shaping workplace culture, and gain key insight into employment practices liability insurance (EPLI).

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Webinar: 'What Everyone Should Know About Accommodating Religious Preferences'

This seminar covers accommodating the religious preferences of employees with:

  • the factors and elements of accommodation
  • timely and practical examples of accommodation
  • sample compliant language
  • predicting future problems

Faculty:

Seth Rosenberg, Seattle Litigation Group, PLLC, Seattle
Aaron Rocke, Rocke Law, PLLC, Seattle

This video is not accredited for CLE credit and is available for viewing for up to one year after the live event date (August. 23, 2022).

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Past Events and On-Demand Products

Additional on-demand products are available and can be found in the CLE store.

20th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference

Nov. 12, 2020, Seattle

This CLE features lively and informative panels, including the annual Employment Law Year in Review and an ethics presentation geared toward labor and employment practitioners in the Zoom era. This CLE also includes a panel on race, politics, and free speech in the workplace, a panel on updates on accommodations and workplace safety issues, a panel that weaves together the various employee benefits that may be accessed or impacted during COVID-19, and a panel on strikes, pickets, walk-outs, work refusals, and lock-outs. Available on demand as a whole or by individual sessions.

19th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference

Nov. 14, 2019, Seattle

This CLE featured lively and informative panels, including an ethics presentation geared toward labor and employment practitioners. Also featured is a panel on weaving together the changing legal landscape on family and medical leaves. Don’t miss the update on strategies for handling changes to Washington’s non-compete laws. We round out the program with a nuts and bolts on formulating settlement agreements and dealing with union counsel. Available on demand as a whole or by individual sessions.

18th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference

Nov. 30, 2018, Seattle

This program provided 7 CLE credits, including one hour of ethics. Get updates on the issues of most concern to labor and employment law practitioners presented by panels of leading practitioners. Available on demand as a whole or by individual sessions.

Advising Unions and Employers on Washington's Sick Leave Law Mini-CLE 

Feb. 8, 2018, Seattle

This one-hour CLE discussed practical guidance on implementing sick leave policies, negotiating with unions on changes to policies and rules, common mistakes made by employers and unions on implementing changes, and the remedies and ramifications for non-compliance.

Annual Meeting and 17th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference

Dec. 1, 2017, Seattle

The section sponsored this CLE, tailored to the needs of Washington attorneys to learn about the most relevant and current issues in labor and employment law. Some materials presented at the seminar are linked below.

Observations and Recent Appellate Developments in Washington State Employment Law by Kelby Fletcher

Recent Developments in Federal Employment Law by Jillian Barron

Avoiding Litigating Duty of Fair Representation Claims: Plaintiff, Union, and Management Perspectives CLE

June 15, 2017, Seattle

The section sponsored this CLE that provided plaintiff, union, and management attorney perspectives on responding to the duty of fair representation claims. CLE attendees left with an understanding of fair representation and how to resolve, mitigate, and/or successfully prosecute such an action. Approved for one Law and Legal Procedure CLE credit for Washington attorneys. A reception followed the CLE.

Avoiding Litigating Duty of Fair Representation Claims: Plaintiff, Union, and Management Perspectives CLE

June 15, 2017, Seattle

This CLE provided plaintiff, union, and management attorney perspectives on responding to the duty of fair representation claims. CLE attendees left with an understanding of fair representation and how to resolve, mitigate, and/or successfully prosecute such an action. Approved for one Law and Legal Procedure CLE credit for Washington attorneys. A reception will followed the CLE.


Executive Committee

Chair: Cassandra Webster Lenning (2022-2023)

Secretary: Angela Hayes (2022-2023) 

Treasurer: Lauren Paris Watts (2022-2023)

Immediate Past Chair: Tina Aiken (2022-2023)

Young Lawyer Liaison: Vacant

Board of Governors Liaison*Mary Rathbone (2022-2023) and Alec Stephens (2022-2023) 

 

*Nonvoting member

Members:
Elyse Maffeo (labor union) 2020-2023
Jacob Metzger (labor union) 2020-2023
Cassandra Webster Lenning (plaintiff) 2020-2023
Amy Mensik (defense) 2020-2023
Sarah Spierling Mack (defense) 2022-2023
Carson Phillips-Spotts (plaintiff) 2021-2024
Angela Hayes (defense) 2021-2024
Bradley Medlin (labor union) 2021-2024
Joanna Cleveland (general labor) 2022-2024
Matthew Kelly (defense) 2022-2025
Colin McHugh (plaintiff) 2022-2025
Lauren Paris Watts (defense) 2022-2025
David Gaba (neutral) 2022-2025

Meetings

The Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section conducts meetings monthly. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m., currently via video conference.

Monthly Zoom meeting link

Meeting ID: 846 1208 4823 Passcode: 953775

Please contact committee members for all other details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.


Join Our List Serve

To join the section list serve and for general questions, please send your email address and Bar number to sections@wsba.org. For questions about the Section and to get involved, please contact Section Chair Cassandra Lenning.