Archive For: Employment Advice & Counseling

Elizabeth Van Moppes To Present “Employment Law Issues” At The NBI Seminar On July 24, 2018

By: Washington State Employment Law Lawyer Elizabeth L. Van Moppes

Business Law: Top Challenges is presented by the National Business Institute on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. Elizabeth (Beth) Van Moppes will be presenting at the live seminar. Her presentation title will be “Employment Law Issues” and will encompass FLSA challenges, independents contractors, handbooks, and other legal issues that are faced when advising business clients. Want to learn more? 800-930-6182 or www.nbi.sems.com

Five Danger Zones Of Management Training

By: Washington State Employment Law Lawyer Elizabeth L. Van Moppes

Five key moments occur between management and employees that simultaneously are the most vulnerable to danger and offer the most opportunity to build a positive relationship. Beth Van Moppes calls these The Five Danger Zones of Management. These interactions happen when an employee is the most exposed and thus the most wary of management. As a result, how you, the manager, handle the situation, can make or break the relationship. Break it and it could become a large part of that employee’s lawsuit against your business.   The Five Danger Zones are: Hiring Performance Management (Spontaneous & Planned) Complaints Leave & Accommodations...Read More

Management Anti-Harassment Training

By: Washington State Employment Law Lawyer Elizabeth L. Van Moppes

If you are an employer or a manager, the flood of #MeToo news should have you thinking about potential pitfalls hiding in your workplace culture. Training your managers and yourself is your best tool for uncovering issues and preventing others from developing. It is also your best defense against lawsuits. Here’s how Beresford Booth can help: On Tuesday, June 12th, beginning at 10:30 a.m., Beth Van Moppes will be conducting a 90-minute Management Anti-Harassment Training Class. You can attend from your own office via a real-time interactive video broadcast or you can attend on-site at our offices in Edmonds. Cost is $100.00 for the 1st attendee from your business; $75.00...Read More

Elizabeth Van Moppes Is Speaking At The WSBA’s Series Decoding The Law: Sexual Harassment: How Is #Metoo Transforming The Workplace?

By: Washington State Employment Law Lawyer Elizabeth L. Van Moppes

On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, the Washington State Bar Association’s Decoding The Law Series will center on #MeToo and how we now view sexual harassment in the workplace. Ms. Van Moppes will be a panel speaker at this event which will also be available via live webcast as well as recorded for viewing after the event. The public and members of the Bar are invited to attend and participate in this discussion. For more information, please see the WSBA website at https://www.wsba.org/News-and-Events/Decoding-the-Law.

Van Moppes Authors 2017 Washington Deskbook Chapter on Workplace Investigations in Litigation

By: Washington State Employment Law Lawyer Elizabeth L. Van Moppes

Elizabeth Van Moppes recently authored the 2017 Washington State Association for Justice Employment Law Deskbook Chapter on the Role of Workplace Investigations in Employment Law Claims. Available to WSAJ members only, this Deskbook and, specifically the Investigations Chapter, is designed to assist employment law litigators in their practice, with an investigator’s approach to the task at hand. Within the Investigations Chapter, Ms. Van Moppes utilizes her years of experience conducting independent investigations, and the training available from the Association of Workplace Investigators, to provide the litigator with an outline for analyzing an investigation’s role in an employment law litigation. The...Read More

Beth Van Moppes To Conduct Anti-Harassment Training March 15th

By: BeresfordBooth

If you are an employer or a manager in Washington State who wants to keep your business and your home, the flood of #MeToo news should have you concerned about your workplace culture. Because in the Evergreen State, in addition to businesses themselves, individual business owners and managers can be sued for workplace harassment. Prevention is your best tool against harassment lawsuits. Training your managers and yourself is your best tool for prevention. Here’s how Beresford Booth can help. On Thursday, March 15th , Beth Van Moppes will be conducting a One Hour Anti-Harassment Training Class. Morning session begins at 10:00...Read More

Paid Sick Leave In 2018: Are You At Risk Of Not Meeting This New Requirement For Washington Employers?

By: Washington State Business Law Lawyer Babak Shamsi

In the fall of 2016, Washington State voters approved Initiative 1433, which made four major changes to state law:  (1) it increases the minimum wage; (2) ensures tips and service charges are given to appropriate staff; (3) protects certain employees from retaliation for exercising their legal rights; and (4) requires employers to provide paid sick leave to certain employees beginning on January 1, 2018.  With the new year having arrived, employers now must have policies implemented that are in accordance with the new paid sick leave regulations promoted under Initiative 1433. Initiative 1433 requires employers to notify certain employees of...Read More

Remembering To Investigate As We Ride The Waves Of The #Metoo Sea Change

By: Washington State Employment Law Lawyer Elizabeth L. Van Moppes

As a woman in the work force for more than 30 years, I am personally proud of the many women who have come forward in the #MeToo movement, and equally gratified by the enterprises that are supporting them. We are witnessing a sea change the likes of which have not happened in over 40 years. As the mother of a young daughter, it is nearly impossible to put my feelings into words. However, as a workplace investigator, I must continue to advise caution as we move forward in this wave of social progress. I do not question the veracity or the...Read More

Lauer, Keillor, Moore, Spacey, and Rose! Harassment Terminations: Where They Stop Nobody Knows!

By: Washington State Employment Law Lawyer Elizabeth L. Van Moppes

Daily, the news brings us word of another celebrity termination for allegations of workplace harassment. We’re hearing of politicians, actors, and coaches terminated. It seems no male superstar is safe (we’ve yet to see a woman accused but I feel certain it is coming). We are living in what is being called the “Weinstein Era” or the “#MeToo Movement.” Social commentary aside, we’re witnessing a sudden consciousness that is going to have both short term and long term impacts on the workplace. Harassment in the workplace will never again be viewed the same. I’m receiving calls from clients concerned that...Read More

Criminal Background Checks: Controlling Risks For Employee Related Litigation

By: Washington State Litigation and Employment Lawyer Timothy E. Steen

Employers face increasing litigation risks from the wrongful acts of their employees as the law of negligent hiring and retention expands. Employers are potentially liable for negligent hiring when employing an unfit applicant who poses an unreasonable risk of harm to others. If an employer should have known of an employee’s unfitness at the time of hiring and the employment leads to the harm of a third person, employers may face substantial liability. Additionally, if the employer learns of the employee’s unfitness during the course of employment, an employer may be liable to a later injured party for retaining that...Read More