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Employee Relations Special Interest Group
Parker, Smith & Feek
2233 112th Ave. NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
Category: Affiliate Events

Employee Relations Special Interest Group

What is Our Goal?

Empower HR professionals with the tools and knowledge to manage employee relations in compliance with complex and ever-changing employment laws.


Who Should Participate?

HR Professionals and other executives wearing an “HR hat.”


What are we Going to Cover?

Covers the whole gamut of employment law topics—e.g.:

  • Wage, Hour, Overtime & Break Laws.
  • Exempt v. Non-Exempt Classifications.
  • PTO and Leave. Sick Leave Laws. FMLA Leave. Disability Leave.
  • Disability Accommodation.
  • Discrimination and Sexual Harassment.
  • Responding to Administrative Inquires (including EEOC and Washington State Human Rights Commission)
  • Gender Pay Equality – keeping tabs on the latest, best practice, dos and don’ts, how best to audit employee base.
  • Independent Contractors: Definition and Examples.
  • Labor Law. How to work with Unionized workforce. How to avoid unionization.
  • Employment law updates –noteworthy Federal and State court decisions and changes in statute and regulations
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Phase One

TOPIC: Job-Protected Leave Entitlement under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA): Must they stay or can they go?

  • The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, as amended (“FMLA”) is an important federal law entitling certain workers to job-protected leave for qualifying family and medical circumstances.
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended (“ADA”), is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.
  • What happens when an employee qualifies under both laws? How do employers navigate the waters of providing “reasonable accommodation” as required by the ADA after FMLA leave has expired? What about Washington law? Attend this seminar to find out.

Featured Speaker

Joshua Brittingham: Labor and Employment Attorney with Davis Grimm Payne and Marra.


Mr. Brittingham represents and counsels management clients in connection with all types of labor and employment matters arising under federal and state law. He helps private and public employers reduce their legal exposure by implementing effective personnel policies and practices. His wide-ranging practice includes drafting and enforcing employment, confidentiality, and non-competition agreements, and defending claims regarding wrongful discharge, discrimination, sexual harassment, and wage-and-hour issues in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Mr. Brittingham also provides representation on labor relations matters, such as collective bargaining, arbitrations, union organizational campaigns, and National Labor Relations Board proceedings.


Mr. Brittingham has extensive litigation experience. Before joining Davis Grimm Payne & Marra, he spent nearly a decade litigating commercial matters (including contract breaches, tortious interference claims, and business owner disputes), real estate matters (such as lease, easement, and boundary disputes), and employment matters. In the past, he also formed companies, advised clients on real estate transactions, and drafted purchase and sale agreements, leases, easements, and other contracts.


Mr. Brittingham comes from a business background. Both of his parents are small business owners, and, before practicing law, he worked as a project manager and business analyst in the financial services industry. This businesses background gives Mr. Brittingham a unique perspective which he harnesses to help employers obtain satisfactory results. Mr. Brittingham takes pride in tackling legal problems so the companies that he represents can thrive.