Digest for December 31, 2017
2018 Annual Meeting site selected
Join us next October 10-12 at the beautiful Hilton Hotel in downtown Seattle! The LERG Steering Committee will meet in January to start planning the program. Follow this link for information on the hotel and the room rates.
February member meeting at PacifiCorp includes tour of Control Center
Register now for our February member meeting!
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, 1-4:30 p.m.
Roundtable discussions, Energy Imbalance Market presentation, tour of PacifiCorp Control Center. 5:30 p.m. – optional dinner outing
Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, 8 -11:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast, Labor and Employment Update, presented by Jeffrey P. Chicoine, Partner Miller, Nash, Graham and Dunn, Union Engagement Activities at PacifiCorp, presented by Chris Schneider, Manager Labor Relations, Pacific Power, roundtable discussions.
New! Negotiating Your Collective Bargaining Agreement class
If you have already taken the Employer Collective Bargaining Team Preparations class, we have a new learning opportunity for you. Bob Oberstein, Labor Relations Manager at Snohomish Public Utility, has condensed his semester-long college class on negotiations into a 2.5-day class that will guide you through the basics of negotiation with an emphasis on labor negotiations with a union. More than just information on how and what to do, this course focuses equally on what not to do. The class will include interactive activities to build and improve your skill sets so you can continue to hone them well after the course has ended. Follow this link for more information. Mar. 20-22, 2018: Vancouver, Wash.
New! HR Webinar Series coming this spring
Jennifer Bouman-Steagall will join us this spring for a three-part webinar series on these timely topics:
More details will be coming soon.
2018 classes now being scheduled
Our 2018 eCatalog is now ready and is posted on our website.
The latest CPI Report is posted on the LERG website.
Recent Articles on Timely Issues
Special from AEIS: Sexual Harassment vs. Sexual Assault vs. Sexual Battery
It seems that you can’t open a paper or watch a newscast without encountering another sexual harassment bombshell. Despite the broad coverage, however, there’s still confusion about the difference between sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual battery. Read more...
Are Full-Time Employees of Staffing Companies Exempt? It Depends
A new 6th Circuit case sheds some light on whether full-time employees of staffing companies are considered exempt from overtime. Read more...
FMLA Retaliation Claim Is Dismissed
A former employee’s retaliation claim under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was dismissed because a manager was aware that the employee was taking FMLA leave more than six months before the worker was fired. The court determined that there was adequate time between the FMLA leave being taken and the worker’s termination for the discharge not to be considered retaliatory. Read more...
Ways to Help Employees with Anxiety or Depression
When employees are struggling, there are a lot of ways the employer can impact the situation both positively and negatively. We all know that mental health is a critical component of overall health, and mental health concerns among employees can quickly become problematic. It is in everyone’s best interests for employers to be supportive and helpful for employees both in general and when an employee has disclosed the need for assistance. Read more…
For the First Time, American Workers Say Their Boss’ Gender Makes No Difference
If you had your druthers, would you prefer to work for a male boss or a female boss? Do you think it makes a difference? Would you care either way? Read more...
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