January 30, 2017
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SB 5032 and 5149: Paid family leave

Two different ways of paying for family medical leave were up for public hearing today in the Senate. AWB was there to testify.

Senate Bill 5149 would create a paid family leave system that is funded fully by the employee. It is similar to the New York system. It phases in benefits over time up to 67 percent of pay.

Senate Bill 5032 (and its companion, House Bill 1116) would create a paid family leave system that splits the cost between employers and employees. There is no small business exemption. House Bill 1116 passed out of committee and is now in the House Appropriations Committee.

Contact Bob Battles, AWB government affairs director, for more information on workplace issues.

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Kudos to Microsoft for bold public-policy goals for Washington state

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

Microsoft is taking its regional public service to a new level with the release of an ambitious legislative agenda for Washington state.

Under its president, Brad Smith, the company has increasingly advocated for education, transportation and economic development.

Recognizing that the entire state has unmet needs, the company is broadening its agenda beyond the Puget Sound area. Best of all, Microsoft is offering to help incubate and partly fund several new programs to get them launched.

The public benefits from such corporate citizens providing thoughtful and supportive engagement on critical policy issues.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
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