February 27, 2020   

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March Chapter Meeting

What's the Latest with PFML?

D&I Coffee Chat

Washington State Employment Law and HR Conference

LWHRA Mentorship Program

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March Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 11:15–1:00 PM | Hilton Bellevue

The national unemployment rate is below 4%. The Seattle area rate has been hovering around 3%. Couple this continued pressure with ever-increasing wages, and we have a tough labor market for employers. Organizations need to put their best foot forward to attract and retain quality people. 

At our March 10th meeting, Shannon Drohman, of Compensation Connections, will facilitate a session devoted to compensation. We will explore some of the current focus areas in total rewards, including compensation strategies in a competitive market, the rise of incentive pay, stagnating merit budgets, personalized compensation, pay equity, and more.  


What's the Latest with PFML?

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 | 11:30–1:00 PM
Parker, Smith & Feek

Please join Sally Borte of Parker, Smith & Feek as she does a deep dive into how the Employment Security Department is working through Medical and Family Leave claims. Now that there are claimants, we are quickly learning how the state is managing the process. Lunch is provided, parking is free, and you can apply for one hour of continuing education credit. If you are involved with processing LOAs, you won’t want to miss this event!

Seating is limited! Please RSVP to Jim Gregson by March 20

Hosted by: Lake Washington Human Resources Association Compensation and Benefits Special Interest Group


D&I Coffee Chat

March 20, 2020 | 3:00–3:30 PM Introduction to DEI in the workplace for first-time participants | 3:30–5:00 PM Coffee Chat
Bellevue Library

We’re very excited to invite you to our first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coffee chat in 2020. This is a great opportunity to exchange ideas, learn about resources, and share experiences about DEI strategies in the workplace. If you are just beginning to get involved in DEI, we’re offering a 30-minute session previous to the coffee chat to share an introduction about it. Right after you can join our March Coffee Chat: DEI Sensitivity & Awareness in the workplace


First come, first served!


Washington State Employment Law and HR Conference

Friday, March 13, 2020 | Hyatt Regency Bellevue

There is no better place for HR professional's development in Washington State than Washington State SHRM’s Annual Employment Law & HR Conference. By attending, you’ll gain the tools and resources you need to implement successful HR practices – which help you and your organization succeed!

Join LWHRA Legislative Committee Chair Patrice McSherry to learn from world-class speakers and industry experts as they share their strategic and operational expertise. They will share innovative fresh points of view and inspiring stories that can help shift your perspectives and deepen your understanding of leadership, engagement, and success.

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LWHRA Mentorship Program

Are you new to Human Resources or looking to break into the field? Perhaps you've recently taken on a new role or added responsibility? Or maybe you're an established HR professional looking to get more involved in your community? 

If any of these are you, the LWHRA mentorship program just might be for you! This program pairs a variety of HR professionals seeking knowledge, guidance and development support with experienced chapter members that are looking to "give back" to the profession and the local HR community. The program starts in March; applications are being accepted through March 1, 2020. You can find out more information on our website, or feel free to reach out to our program chair, Kim Kruse if you have any questions about the program.


Volunteer with LWHRA in the New Year

As you think about your goals for 2020, we hope that giving back is on your list! LWHRA is a volunteer-run organization, and your support makes our programs possible.

We are currently seeking volunteers in several functions, including helping to edit this newsletter, speaking in certification classes, and our Committees for Volunteers, Programs, and Mentorship. We even have rarely-available chair and co-chair openings! Read about the position descriptions and instructions on how to apply below. 

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Lake Washington Human Resource Association

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