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2020 November Virtual Chapter Meeting
Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM PDT
Category: LWHRA Events

This program has been submitted to the HR Certification Institute for review. 

November Chapter Meeting:
What’s Going on Outside of My House? Key Changes to the Federal and State Law in the Time of a Pandemic


Although it feels a little bit like we all have been living in the movie Groundhog Day since the pandemic began, there have been quite a few changes to the federal and state laws that impact employers- and not just pandemic related. This includes overtime rules, paid sick leave, and employee arbitration agreements. This presentation is designed to provide HR professionals with knowledge and guidance on key changes to the law that impact their workforce and their business. 



  1. The presentation will include slides on the key changes to laws that impact SHRM members

  2. Recommendations for HR professionals to be able to come into compliance with the amended/new laws, and references to other helpful information

  3. Attendees will leave with a list of action items for immediate and long term planning.

Member: $25
Non-Member: $40
Registration for this event is now closed. 

Cancellation Policy: LWHRA will accept cancellations received on or before ten (10) day prior to the event. Registrants who cancel on or before ten (10) days prior to the event will receive a refund. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after ten (10) days prior to the event. A substitute attendee will be permitted given the LWHRA office receives notice of the substitution on or before ten (10) days prior to the event. 
Substitutions and cancellations must be submitted by email to [email protected]whra.org.

Speaker Bios:

Margaret Burnham is an employment litigation associate in the firm’s Seattle office.  Margaret’s practice focuses on all aspects of workplace law, including the ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, NLRA, Title VII, and similar state laws. Margaret enjoys advising corporate clients of all sizes and in all industries.  


Prior to joining Fisher Phillips, Margaret’s practice was primarily focused on labor law. She represented clients in arbitration, National Labor Relations Board proceedings, Public Employment Relations Commission proceedings, and in Washington state and federal court proceedings. While in law school, Margaret was trained as a mediator where she mediated community, EEOC and Small Claims Court cases. Margaret also worked as a legal intern and as a junior investigator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights investigating allegations of HIPAA and Civil Rights Act violations.


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.