Five Danger Zones Of Management Training

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

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

Timothy E. Steen Appointed To Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center Board

Timothy E. Steen has been appointed to the board of Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center.  Dawson Place is a nonprofit organization that exists because EVERY child who is the victim of physical abuse, sexual assault, neglect, drug endangerment, or witness to a violent crime deserves the professional care that they need to be safe, to seek justice, and to heal.  The organization shows children that have been abused that they deserve to be happy and helps show them how.  Located in Everett, Washington, Dawson Place has been referred to as one of the best Child Advocacy Centers in the nation. Tim is a...Read More

Washington State Bar Association Appoints David Tingstad As Chairman Of Practice Primer Development Team

Beresford Booth lawyer David C. Tingstad was recently appointed by the Washington State Bar Association as Chairman of the Practice Primer Business Law Series. The WSBA Practice Primer is a continuing legal education program that takes a substantive area of law and develops a series of learning tracks that build upon one another. Completion of each session in all three learning tracks provides attendees with a solid educational foundation and primer for practice. While the Practice Primer was developed for new members of the WSBA, the series will be of interest to those lawyers looking to transition into additional practice...Read More

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

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

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

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

Amicable Divorce? You Still Need to Update Your Estate Plan!

Getting a divorce is never easy --- but it certainly is less stressful when it is done amicably. In fact, many couples decide that they don’t need the advice of counsel because they are able to agree on the division of assets and liabilities --- and thus they proceed with filing pro se. Further, many couples remain friendly – and sometimes even more so – after the divorce, finding they actually get along better and like each other more outside of the confines of the marital relationship. In these situations, it is often the case that the spouses do not...Read More

When There Is Something Strange In Your Neighborhood…

It may be your very own neighbor.  While many of us want to co-exist peacefully with our neighbors, you cannot always choose your neighbors, and they may have other goals in mind.  Conflicts between neighbors can arise in a variety of contexts, from tree cutting disputes to boundary disputes.  However, one of the most unsettling conflicts occurs when a neighbor trespasses onto your land and causes damage to your personal property. Perhaps a neighbor damages your fence or knocks down your retaining wall.  Whatever the case, having a neighbor enter onto your land without your permission and cause damage to...Read More

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

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