Rosa Fruehling– Watson (Consulting Counsel)
 
As a human resources professional, Rosa guided municipal entities and a large public hospital in all aspects of human resource matters for more than 10 years. Now as an attorney, she brings this substantial "real world" experience to the table in advising her public clients. Rosa has extensive experience in conducting and overseeing internal investigations, managing labor relations, handling employee grievance procedures, managing leaves of absence, and advising on discipline and discharge. She provides management advice and counsel regarding personnel policies and procedures, discipline and discharge, leave laws, wage and hour laws, safety and health issues, and labor relations, as well as Form I-9 compliance matters.
 
Rosa regularly assists clients regarding public record and open public meeting compliance and provides training in areas such as unlawful harassment and discrimination, disability accommodation, labor management, discipline and best personnel practices. Rosa has also defended employers before various courts and agencies against discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour claims, labor disputes, wrongful discharge claims, and workers' compensation retaliation claims. Rosa has also represented employers in litigation and arbitration involving claims for violation of the duty of loyalty and breach of non-competition agreements.  Follow this link for a printable version of Rosa's complete curriculum vitae.
 
Education
Seattle University School of Law, J.D. Cum Laude, 2004
Seattle University, M.P.A., 1997
Western Washington University, B.A., Human Services, 1994
 
Speaking Engagements
Service Animals, Companion Animals, and Other Critters
Speaker, NAHRO - Pacific Northwest Regional Council
Longview, WA - October 16, 2009
 
Employment Testing Following the New Haven Decision
Presenter, 2009 Civil Service Conference
Wenatchee, WA - September 17-18, 2009
 
Protecting Your Competitive Edge Through Post-Employment Covenants
Speaker, Non-Competes in a Down Economy: Protecting Your Company's Trade Secrets From Disclosure by Former Employee
Seattle, WA - June 9, 2009
 
Forging Strong Labor/Management Relationships
Co-Presenter, Association for Washington Cities Labor Relations Institute
Yakima, WA - May 21, 2009
 
Comprehensive Public Records Officer Training
Speaker, Personnel Records, Foster Pepper PLLC
Seattle, WA - April 15, 2009

Washington Employment Law Update
Co-Presenter, Washington State Hospital Association
Seattle, WA - May 28, 2008
 
Why Care?: Supervisory Liability in the Alphabet Soup of Employment Law
Co-Presenter, Washington State Hospital Association
Seattle, WA - March 17, 2008

Challenges with a Mobile Workforce
Speaker, Lorman Education Services
Tacoma, WA - December 12, 2007

Managing Difficult Behaviors in the Work Place
Speaker, Seattle, WA - October 25, 2006

Employee Selection Procedures: What Passes Muster?
Speaker, Yakima, WA - September 26, 2006

Business Immigration Records
Speaker, Lorman Education Services, Spokane, WA - May 25, 2006

Creating a Peer Mediation Program in your Hospital District
Co-Presenter, in conjunction with AWPHD
Kennewick/ Seattle, WA - January / March 2006

Implementing Performance Evaluations That Are a Win-Win for Employers and Employees:
Maximizing the Benefits and Minimizing the Drawbacks
Speaker, Council on Education in Management, Seattle, WA - January 2006

Workplace Harassment: The Issue is Respect
Co-Presenter, Foster Pepper PLLC, Seattle, WA - January 2006

Mandatory EAP Referrals and Last Chance Agreements
Speaker, EAPA Northwest Chapter, Seattle, WA - October 2005