Archive For: Employment Advice & Counseling

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 Terminations...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, October 16th, 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

NW Lawyer On WSBA Panel With Beth Van Moppes: “Decoding The Law,” Sexual Harassment & #Metoo

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

Elizabeth Van Moppes participated in a panel conversation hosted by the Washington State Bar Association (“WSBA”) this past March. Carrie Blackwood, Jamal Whitehead, Marilyn Watkins, and Ceci Lopez also participated, ensuring that all sides of the discussion were present for a lively afternoon. A primary focus of Ms. Van Moppes's contribution included what to expect if you are participating in a workplace investigation. Excerpts from that panel (“Sexual Harassment --- How is #MeToo transforming the workplace?”) are featured in WSBA’s July publication of NWLawyer. Article from NWLawyer Watch the entire discussion in Recorded Webcast

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