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    Employment Law Legislation - Looking back at 2021, and Looking on to 2022

    Date: November 18, 2021, 8:00am – 9:30am
    South Puget Sound SHRM
    Online: You will receive a link to the event in your confirmation email upon registration.
    $10 for Students; $20 for Members; $40 for Non-Members
    Event Type:
    2021 Chapter Meetings
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    Bob Battles


    Association of Washington Business


    Employment Law Legislation - Looking back at 2021, and Looking on to 2022


    Bob Battles will provide an overview of the major 2021 legislative bills that affect the employment and labor law in Washington State.  He will also look forward to the 2022 session to discuss what significant legislation will likely be introduced, and which legislation HR Professionals should be watching.

      Learning Objectives:

      Participants will be able to:

      • Understand the most current employment and labor laws as passed by the legislature in 2021

      • Know what significant legislation will likely be introduced and where HR professionals can expect to see significant changes in 2022

      This program is valid for 1.0 PDCs toward SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification.

      1.0 Credit approved through  HRCI


      About the Speakers:

      Bob Battles 

      General Counsel & Director of Government Affairs with Association of Washington Business

      Bob Battles is AWB’s General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs for Employment Law Issues.  

      He is responsible for workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, and other workplace issues, including wage and hour, workplace safety, immigration, paid family and medical leave, minimum wage, and paid sick leave matters.  In addition, he handles privacy and data breach matters for AWB as well as overseeing legal issue and election finance reform issues.  
      Bob has nearly 3 decades of experience as an attorney specializing in workplace issues and government affairs.

      He began his career with a 10-year stint in the office of the Washington State Attorney General. in the Labor and Industries Division. Bob also spent 12 years in private practice at several Puget Sound-area law firms, including Lane Powell PC and Eisenhower Carlson PLLC. While in private practice he represented clients in regulatory issues and complex litigation including the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA) and industrial insurance defense.

      He has litigated cases at all levels in Washington State including the Washington State Court of Appeals and the Washington State Supreme Court.  He has also appeared before the United States District Court and the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

      Bob is a graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law.