October 24, 2016
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AWB webinar Nov. 10 offers help preparing for new federal Overtime Rule that takes effect Dec. 1

On Nov. 10, dig deeply into the United States Department of Labor’s new overtime regulations. AWB's webinar on the new rule will provide strategies and best practices for compliance.

The new regulations, scheduled to take effect on Dec. 1 despite legal challenges, will almost double the minimum salary for “white collar” employees to $47,476 per year. This webinar will discuss how to properly use non-discretionary payments (such as production and retention bonuses) to meet the new salary. It will also include strategies for identifying and altering the compensation structures for currently exempt employees who make less than $47,476 per year, including:

  • Raising employee salaries to meet the new threshold;
  • Converting employees to salaried non-exempt under the standard and fluctuating-workweek models; and
  • Converting employees to hourly non-exempt.

The seminar will also provide best practices for non-exempt employees who will now be entitled to overtime and breaks.

The presenter, Sarah E. Swale, is a shareholder at the law firm of Lane Powell in Seattle. She is a member of Lane Powell’s Labor and Employment Group. She is chair of Lane Powell's Wage and Hour Team. She also advises employers regarding compliance with federal and state employment laws, provides management training on HR topics, and drafts HR policies and agreements.

Learn more and sign up today!

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Focus on Sustainability

Helping CAT Excavators Ride the Rails

HPF Manufacturing, Inc. has created an innovative way to cut fuel use by 97 percent for railroad work and maintenance.

The Snohomish County employer designed Rail-X undercarriages to maximize fuel efficiency by incorporating drive motors so that an excavator can be driven on rail to a work site by a single operator. The average fuel consumption is just 5 gallons per hour. In contrast, the traditional process for rail maintenance involves the following: An excavator is trucked to a rail site, hoisted and bolted onto a rail car, then pulled by locomotive to the work site. The average fuel consumption is 175-200 gallons per hour.

Using Rail-X excavators significantly cuts fuel consumption by up to 97 percent when compared to the traditional process of railroad maintenance, thus reducing the carbon footprint within the rail industry for a more sustainable and green environment.
Read more in Washington Business magazine
Reasons to Say Yes

Oil terminal merits approval

By Mike Bridges, business representative for IBEW 48, Longview

A recent letter by International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 4 President Jared Smith mischaracterized the proposed Vancouver Energy crude-by-rail terminal.

Opponents such as Smith largely base their arguments on concerns about oil trains that are already running through this state and will continue whether or not Vancouver Energy is built.

The letter presented a false choice of windmills versus oil trains -- we need both. Cars, trucks, buses and jets don't run on wind. Petroleum fuels keep us moving and keep our economy strong.

Smith also asserted falsely that Vancouver Energy crude oil would go overseas. Instead, Midwest oil will go to West Coast refineries to create products we need, reduce crude imports by 30 percent, and enhance U.S. energy independence...

Read the full letter to the editor in The Olympian
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