December 19, 2016
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Early bird deadline is Jan 6 for 2017 Employment Law webinar series

The best way to protect your company -- and your employees -- in the ever-changing world of employment law is to be up-to-date on the latest practices and standards. AWB is offering an in-depth look at workplace law with top legal experts who are well-versed in Washington's employment standards. The six-session Employment Law webinar series begins Jan. 11 and continues through June. The attorneys giving the classes will discuss hiring, termination, non-competes, accident investigations, wage & hour, insurance, benefits, job descriptions and much more.

CLE requests have been submitted and are being processed.

In a special bonus, AWB is offering a discounted early-bird package that covers all six sessions and includes a number of extras: a bind for topic materials (mailed ahead of time), along with a wrap-up thumb drive with all webinar materials, plus two years of annual updates on all topics covered.

The early-bird special is only available until Jan. 6. At that point, only single webinars will be available for purchase.

The first session on Jan. 11 will cover pre-hire, hiring and job descriptions. It will be led by Clemencia Castro-Woolery of Ledger Square Law, P.S.

For a full list of events and registration options, click here.

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Sustainability in Action

Aslan Brewing Company: Refreshing Environmental Success

By Washington Business magazine

Taking beer and building to a new, sustainable level, a craft brewer demonstrates how a time-honored cold beverage can take the edge off the climate.

With a commitment to organic ingredients, locally-sourced goods, and low-impact practices, the owners offer the community something new and refreshing, the sustainable way .
Read the full article in Washington Business magazine
Workforce Matters

We must train next generation for the jobs Washington is creating

By Amy Morrison Goings and Gary Oertli

In these politically stressful times, there's one priority everyone can agree on: putting people to work in Washington. People need great jobs just as employers need great talent.

The most recent proof comes in the form of research by the Boston Consulting Group and the Washington Roundtable. The report projects there will be 740,000 job openings in Washington over the next five years. Most of those openings will be filled by people who have postsecondary education or training.

The jobs range from entry-level positions, to "pathway" jobs that then lead to well-paying careers. Many positions require not just a high school diploma and not necessarily a bachelor's degree, but somewhere in between -- such as an associate degree, or a certificate backed by industry need, or an apprenticeship. Others require a bachelor's degree or higher.

That's why it's so important for the Legislature to fund the entire pipeline of education in Washington, from pre-kindergarten through college. At the center of that pipeline is Washington's community and technical college system.
Read the full op-ed in The Puget Sound Business Journal
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