October 19, 2015
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Tuesday, Oct. 20: The Rights and Responsibilities of Being an Employer: Avoid Wage and Hour Claims, Create an Employment Handbook that Works for You and Build Loyalty within Your Team

The two-hour class Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon, will deliver information on the federal and state wage and hour laws and how to avoid related administrative and legal claims, the legal implications of employee handbooks and how to create a handbook that helps (rather than harms) your company, and effective communication within your team to build loyalty and inspire contribution.

After participating in this session, attendees should be able to:

  • Minimize the company’s most expensive “line item” – being an employer,
  • Understand and implement state and federal wage laws,
  • Create an effective employment handbook, and
  • Communicate rules and policies in a manner that inspires.

Mona McPhee is the Director of Litigation at Desh International and Business Law. Mona employs strategic decision making in high pressure situations with a focus on entrepreneurial solutions. She has litigated multi-jurisdiction employment cases including C-level non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, wrongful termination, and wage claims. Mona also handles appeals at the Ninth Circuit, Washington Supreme Court, and Washington Court of Appeals.

Mona also clerked for Chief Justice Gerry L. Alexander of the Washington Supreme Court. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the University of Oregon School of Law.

Register or learn more online.

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Export-Import Bank Critical to Washington's Economy

Ex-Im Bank Is an Easy Yes

By Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers

ProGauge Technologies, Inc., a manufacturing company based in Bakersfield, California, is bidding on a project that could lead to 30 new jobs, but only five are staying here in the United States. The rest will be created abroad.

It didn't have to be that way. ProGauge is one of countless manufacturers in the United States, large and small, losing out on foreign sales and international deals because of Congress' failure to stand up for American jobs. "It's pretty sad not to be able to keep the jobs here," said ProGauge president Don Nelson.

Earlier this year, Congress allowed the Export-Import Bank's charter to expire and has not yet acted to reauthorize it. The Ex-Im Bank has served for more than 80 years as the U.S. export credit agency, ensuring access to competitive export financing for manufacturers in the United States that private banks are unable to offer. Countries around the world have similar credit agencies, and without ours, it is harder for U.S.-based companies to sell their products, made by American workers, overseas.

Click here to read the full column in U.S. News & World Report
Ag Worth Billions to State

Needed: More Water for Everyone in Yakima Valley

By The News Tribune editorial board

Some of America's richest farmland lies just over the Cascade Mountains in the Yakima River Valley. It provides most of the nation's apples and hops, and pulls billions of dollars into the state economy.

It's also fragile, as this year's unprecedented drought demonstrated. The valley's reservoir system is roughly a century old; even in the best of years, it doesn't deliver enough water to go around. U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell has introduced a measure that would bring the system into the 21st century; the Senate should pass it.

Her bill would put the U.S. government behind the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan, a combination of irrigation, reservoir and habitat improvements. The legislation is backed by an improbably broad coalition that includes farmers, environmentalists, the Yakama Indians, fishermen, Republican and Democratic leaders.

A lot of those people are normally in the habit of squabbling with each other. Their unanimity in this case reflects the fact that the Integrated Plan pretty much makes everyone happy.

Click here to read the full editorial in The News Tribune
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