Paid Parental Leave Trends and Considerations

  • 14 Sep 2017
  • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Delta Dental of Washington


  • Registration fee for late or at door increases by $10 per registrant
  • Registration fee for late or at door increases by $10 per registrant

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Paid Parental Leave Trends and Considerations

With all of the recent states passing individual paid family leave laws, it’s becoming increasingly complex and hard to administer. This session will offer discussion surrounding how employers are reacting and what strategies are they deploying to ensure they are in compliance.

Speaker - Alex Henry, Senior Consultant
Absence and Disability Management, Willis Towers Watson
What’s Up with Washington’s Paid Family Leave?

Washington State is now among a handful of states that guarantee paid family leave and in fact, our leave law is being heralded as the most generous in the US.  Effective in 2020, eligible workers must be offered 12 weeks paid time off for the birth or adoption of a child or for the serious medical condition of the worker or the worker’s family member, or 16 weeks for a combination of both. Aaron Goldstein, a partner in the Seattle office of Dorsey & Whitney, will explain Washington’s guaranteed paid family leave law and its impact on employers’ staffing and leave policies.

Speaker - Aaron Goldstein Partner
Dorsey & Whitney LLC


Alex Henry
joined Willis Towers Watson in 2007 and is based out of Los Angeles. He has twelve years of experience in the group disability insurance arena and previously worked for two large group disability insurers. He has experience working with different disability plan designs and understands how their variations can impact an employer and its employee population. He has helped clients in the insurance, health care, mining, technology and airline industries, among others.
  Representative projects include:
    ·  Leading vendor procurement activities and
       negotiations for FM  LA administration, short-term
       disability administration, long-term disability 
       insurance, and life and AD&D insurance

     · Conducting claim and operational audits with a
       focus on both vendor and client processes and
       interactions, and leveraging key findings to guide
       the creation of an action plan to address
       identified areas of opportunity

     · Advising clients of plan redesign opportunities
       including the associated financial impact of the
       redesign and projected employee perception of the
       changes. Recommendations consider clients’
       objectives, competitive benchmarking of a
       defined comparator group, and client-specific leave
       of absence statistics.

     · Overseeing plan performance by monitoring vendor
       operational and claim management metrics,
       facilitating quarterly meetings with the vendor, and
       driving proactive measures to improve overall plan
       performanceAaron  Goldstein brings a decade and a half of experience to companies’ quirkiest, thorniest, and most complex employment issues. Aaron also works with companies to develop policies and practices that are engines for business growth and that reflect the culture and values of the companies he represents. When Aaron’s clients are faced with litigation, he aggressively pushes their cases forward to an efficient resolution.

Aaron advises businesses and provides litigation expertise on all employment related matters, from trade secret disputes and non-competition agreements to discrimination and harassment claims, under Oregon, Washington, and federal law. Aaron represents clients before the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, the Washington Human Rights Commission, the Washington Department of Labor and Industries, and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Aaron represents companies in a wide variety of industries including, banking, financial services, computer software, semiconductor fabrication, retail, and medical supplies.

September 14 Chapter Meeting

Online registration closes noon September 13
Register by phone until end of day at 206-623-8632.
No refunds after September 12.
$50 Members online; $60 at the door
$75 Non-members online; $85 at the door
Members must log in to get the member rate.

The September 14th chapter meeting will be held at the new Delta Dental of Washington offices,

   400 Fairview Ave N, Ste. 800, Seattle, WA 98109

The underground parking garage is shared with all other tenants.  Each attendee is responsible for their own parking.

3:00   Registration
3:15 - 4:05 Presentation
4:05 - 4:15 Break
4:15 - 5:05 Presentation
5:05 - 6:15 Social
           including beverages and light hors d'oeuvres

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