March 28, 2016
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ADA Reasonable Accommodations -- Best Practices for Employers to Avoid Liability



Employment law can be complicated, especially regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). To help employers minimize their risk of liability, AWB is hosting a seminar on May 5 with labor and employment law attorney Selena Smith. She will discuss employers’ legal obligations and rights, as well as best practices for addressing employees’ disabilities.

Attendees will learn:

  • Legal Obligations Regarding Reasonable Accommodations
  • Effective Strategies for Engaging in the Interactive Process
  • How to Manage the Intersection of FMLA and ADA Requirements
  • Best Practices for Performance Management

The presenter is a partner at Davis Grimm Payne & Marra. She has years of experience representing public and private sector employers in labor and employment law matters, including with respect to discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wage and hour compliance, FMLA, ADA, reasonable accommodations, hiring and firing decisions, and related matters.

Register online or by calling Kelli Schueler at 800.521.9325.

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Public Charter Schools Are Working

Gov. Inslee should sign charter school bill, let students achieve their dreams

By Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Seattle

As a state, we cannot let go of our ability to lift hardworking people out of poverty. We must do everything within our power to ensure public education remains a powerful ladder to success for every child in Washington. We cannot allow the leaders and innovators of future generations to slip through the cracks simply because we were too stuck in our ways to create the change we know they needed.

ESSSB 6194, a bill to keep Washington's public charter schools open for the long-term and an option for all communities across the state, now sits on Inslee's desk awaiting his signature. The bill, which passed both houses of the Legislature with bipartisan support, provides excellent educational opportunities for hundreds of students today, and potentially thousands of students in the future. ...

I have heard some of my fellow legislators who oppose ESSSB 6194 say we either need to fix every problem in public education for every student in Washington or do nothing at all. I urge the governor to reject such false choices.

I urge the governor to sign the charter-school bill, which would keep these students on the path to achieving their dreams and build upon Washington's foundation of innovation and accountability in public education.

Click here to read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times
Washington Employers Are Leading the Way

Something old and something new: How Seattle's viaduct is being recycled in the tunnel

By Richard D. Oxley, MyNorthwest.com

Parts of Seattle's viaduct may be torn down, but in a way, those parts won't truly be gone.

Nucor, the state's largest metal recycler, takes scrap steel from portions of the torn down Alaskan Way Viaduct through downtown Seattle and forges it into new product.

The recycling effort is currently featured in a commercial produced by the Association of Washington Business...

Click here to read the full story at MyNorthwest.com
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