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Workforce Development Monthly Workshop Highlight

The Skagit Valley College customized training program and the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County have partnered to offer monthly workshops to support workforce development education. It is an understood fact that productivity is increased through targeted quality training, but not everyone has the time or money to develop and deliver the training needed. The workforce development workshops are packed into two "power" hours. Trainings will provide employers and employees an efficient and effective professional development educational experience at very little cost. There will be a broad range of topics offered. Please see below for  workshop descriptions and information.

Wednesday June 7, 12:00 - 2:00

Employment Law Update

Richard Davis is a principal attorney with the law firm of Chmelik Sitkin & Davis P.S., a business/municipal law firm in Bellingham.  Richard has practiced law in Bellingham for 25 years and is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Law.  His practice focuses on labor and employment law, and civil litigation.   Richard is a frequent presenter for the State of Washington Association of General Contractors and the State of Washington Public Ports Association.  Richard is also the chair of the legal committee for the State of Washington Fire Commissioners Association. Richard limits his labor and employment practice to employers, having represented employers in contract disputes, discrimination and harassment claims, and wrongful discharge cases in state and federal courts as well as the EEOC and National Labor Relations Board.

Nolan F. Davidson specializes in employment law and advises clients on issues arising under a variety of state and federal employment laws, including the FMLA, FLSA, Minimum Wage Act, Employment Security Act, Industrial Insurance Act (worker’s compensation), and discrimination claims under Title VII and the Washington Law Against Discrimination.  Nolan also works with employers in the collective bargaining context.  Nolan is a Bellingham native and has law degrees from Vermont Law School and the Universite de Cergy-Pontoise in France.


  1. Hiring/Interviews –
    1. what questions and topics are unlawful?
    2. Background checks – traps for the unwary
  2. Wage and hour issues:
    1. mandatory sick leave and minimum wage updates;
    2. misclassification of exempt employees;
    3. overtime and comp time fallacies;
  3. Discrimination and retaliation claims – what you need to know to avoid liability.
  4. At-will employment:  limitations and pitfalls?
  5. Getting the right kind of insurance for employment related claims.

    $20 Registration: Provided by EDASC

July and August - No Class. We will see you September 6, 2017

Location for all workshops: SVC Craft Brew Academy at the Port of Skagit, 15579 Peterson Road, Burlington, WA
NOTE: No parking permit required. Class is in Burlington on the corner of Peterson Road and Higgins Airport Way

Presented by:

Economic Development Association of Skagit County and Skagit Valley College Logos

The Skagit Valley College Customized Training Program and the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County

Contact Information: Kim Davis, Director, Business & Customized Training, 360.416.6631