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Webinar: Anti-Harassment Training in the #MeToo Era



In this #MeToo era, no employer can afford to be lax in enforcing its commitment to anti-harassment. But how do you deal with the he-said, she-said scenarios? What is expected of employers in this era of heightened awareness of harassment? These are the questions we will address in this webinar, along with practical guidance for minimizing the risk of liability in your workplace.

The webinar will be held Wednesday, June 26, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. It will cover:

  • Legal obligations concerning harassment prevention and responses
  • Effective strategies for conducting workplace investigations
  • New guidance for limiting exposure to harassment liability

Presenter Selena Smith of Davis Grimm Payne & Marra has years of experience representing employers in labor and employment law matters, including matters such as discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wage and hour compliance, FMLA, ADA and employee relations. Smith also has extensive experience representing and advising employers in traditional labor law matters, including collective bargaining, unfair labor practice and representation proceedings, labor arbitrations, union organizing campaigns, and strike preparation.

Learn more and register online.



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Teaching for Tomorrow


STEM skills vital to rural students, too

By Kevin Chase, superintendent of ESD 105

In the next five years an estimated 225,465 jobs that earn a family-sustaining wage will require credentials that many of our Washingtonian students are not on track to earn. In south-central Washington, 14,455 high-paying jobs will need a credential in the next five years.

I see the chasm between education attainment and how that translates to employment and jobs. We have to make changes in our education system that allow our families and kids to visualize their path forward and to have local employers be able to recruit and train their workforce in novel ways. Career Connect Washington, a statewide initiative, is bringing together business, labor, government and education leaders so that young people have the education and skills needed to connect with high-demand, family-wage careers across Washington and in the Valley...

Even though we are an agriculture-based region we are not immune from changing workforce demands, as agriculture becomes more and more automated. Our students are ready and willing to step up to the challenge of 21st century work demands. It is up to us to prepare them...

Read the full op-ed in The Yakima Herald-Republic
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