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2022 Annual Risk & Safety Summit

October 13, 2022
Bellevue Club

11200 SE 6th Street
Bellevue, WA opens in a new window [map]

We are back with an in-person-only event on October 13th at the Bellevue Club, where experts will discuss drug testing, fleet safety, and light modified transitional duty/return to work programs.

Our group of experts will discuss the following topics and offer risk management recommendations to improve your organization’s safety:

  • 8:00 – 8:30 am | Registration
  • 8:30 – 9:30 am | Drug testing with Catharine Morisset and Renee Rhodes

    Variations in federal and state laws on workplace drug testing have created a controversial and complex environment for employers to navigate. This presentation will cover several issues employers need to consider when implementing a drug testing program, including the what, when, and how of drug testing and best practices to ensure legal compliance. The presentation will also dive into how employers should approach a drug testing program given the state-by-state decriminalization of marijuana for medicinal and recreational use.

  • 9:30 – 10:30 am | Fleet safety with Darren Beard

    This session will cover common fleet exposures within organizations and discuss effective control measures needed to protect your people and your balance sheet. We will also address the requirements for operating commercial motor vehicles and provide solutions to effectively manage your fleet and the exposures associated with third party contractors hauling for you.

  • 10:45 – 11:45 am | Light modified transitional duty with Brian Padgett, Shawn Hjort, and Brian Painter

    This session will go beyond the basics of workers’ compensation in Washington attorney Brian Padgett from Employer Solutions Law and cover the complexities of claims management and how and when to utilize your defense team. Featuring an interview with Parker, Smith & Feek Vice President and Claims Executive Shawn Hjort and clients on best practices, this seminar will fine tune your skills so you can lower your company’s EMR and effectively manage claims. Additional topics of interest include:

    • Different types of light duty job offers
    • Preferred worker programs
    • Independent medical exams
    • Defense toolkits and surveillance



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» Catharine Morisset | Partner, Fisher Phillips

Catharine Morisset is a litigation partner in Fisher Phillips’s Seattle office, representing local and national employers in litigation in state and federal courts, on appeal, and also before the EEOC and similar state agencies in all aspects of workplace law. She uses her litigation experience to work closely with clients across all industries to provide effective preventive counseling and workforce training. This includes regularly advising and training clients on drug testing, background checks, hiring, diversity, wage-hour compliance, leaves, noncompetition agreements, reasonable accommodations, investigations, employment agreements, discipline, terminations, and mass layoffs.

As part of her commitment to fostering successful workplaces, Catharine is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She is an accomplished speaker, who is often invited to address members across the state and the Pacific Northwest in all areas of workplace law. Catharine proudly demonstrates her commitment to advancing women in the legal profession as an ambassador to the firm’s Women’s Initiative and Leadership Council.

» Renee Rhodes | Risk Control Advisor, IMA

As a Risk Control Advisor for IMA with 25 years of experience, Renee specializes in large programs for the hospitality industry, municipalities, and auto dealerships, helping to identify exposures to loss affecting an organization’s bottom line. Renee’s expertise primarily centers on the hospitality sector, assisting with the implementation of safety and loss prevention programs, conducting site evaluations, developing training seminars, and analyzing accident causes, as well as providing assistance to several organizations obtaining the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) to establish a proactive safety culture.

» Darren Beard | Director of Transportation Risk Control, IMA

Darren joined IMA as the Director of Transportation Risk Control in September 2021. He provides a practical approach to managing transportation and logistics risk for his clients. Darren’s expertise includes inter and intrastate DOT regulatory compliance, commercial motor vehicle fleet safety, non-regulated fleet safety, fleet safety technology, injury prevention, safety training, warehousing, and logistics safety and compliance. He is responsible for developing client-specific service plans, providing solutions and support to assist clients in reducing losses, managing client-specific insurance carrier loss control relationships, providing regulatory compliance guidance, performing safety culture assessments and workshops, developing risk control management practices related to transportation and warehousing, providing safety and compliance training, and delivering other related reference material and/or guidance documents as needed.

Prior to joining IMA, Darren had 10 years of experience in the insurance industry providing transportation risk control consultation to clients in the trucking, maritime, energy, construction, manufacturing, distribution, and financial services industries. Darren’s prior 20 years of transportation industry experience started in the US Army, transporting fuel and supplies. Following an honorable discharge from the military, he worked for a large nationwide transportation and logistics corporation as a regional safety manager and was ultimately promoted to the role of corporate manager of DOT and OSHA regulatory compliance.

» Brian Padgett | Owner, Employer Solutions Law

Brian Padgett is the owner of Employer Solutions Law, which primarily focuses on workplace safety and fighting DOSH/WISHA violations, workers’ compensation advocacy, employment law, and appearing before the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council.

Before joining Employer Solutions Law, Brian worked for a national disability advocacy firm and a Washington state plaintiff’s injury firm where he handled workers’ compensation and disability cases. Brian received his Juris Doctorate from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law (Yeshiva University). Prior to attending law school, Brian was an accomplished stage actor, performing in productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New York City, and New England regional theatres.

Brian lives in Maple Valley with his wife and dog Ziggy where he enjoys spending time with his friends and family.

» Shawn Hjort | Vice President, Claims Executive, Parker, Smith & Feek

Shawn Hjort is a Vice President and Claims Executive, working in partnership with our clients to manage commercial risk. Her role is to see that our claims reporting and processing activities are conducted expediently, and to ensure final resolutions are fair and reasonable. She works directly with our clients to develop and implement claims reporting and claims handling procedures for their companies, and advocates for our clients on workers’ compensation claims.

Shawn takes an advocacy position to assist with claims oversight for high exposure losses and facilitates claims resolution strategies with the insured, the carrier/third-party administrator, and defense counsel. Shawn also collaborates with clients to assist with analysis of loss reports, identifying trends, and determining available resources to address opportunity areas.

Shawn has over 30 years of experience in the claims field and joined Parker, Smith & Feek in 2012. Her experience includes claims adjusting and claims program management for Fortune 500 companies, including workers’ compensation, property, casualty, and marine claims.

» Brian Painter | Corporate Safety Manager, OBI Seafoods LLC, and Ocean Beauty Smoked and Distribution LLC

Brian has been the corporate safety manager for OBI Seafoods and Ocean Beauty Smoked and Distribution for eight years. He is responsible for managing the safety and health programs, policies, and procedures for ten fish processing plants in Alaska, and eight distribution centers in the western United States. He faces challenges in occupational health, confined spaces, energy control procedures, ammonia refrigeration PSM, vehicle fleet safety and compliance, hazard communication, workers’ compensation claims, and forklift safety, and he also provides training support. He implemented Lytx cameras and a driver safety program at Ocean Beauty that yielded stellar results in decreased accidents and healthy ROI. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 27 years, specializing in health and safety.

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