November 6, 2017
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Webinar: Repeat of September webinar on I-1433 paid sick and safe leave law

AWB's Sept. 6 webinar with attorney Tim O'Connell on Washington's new Safe and Sick Leave provisions was a huge hit. After many requests for a reprise of that webinar, O'Connell is coming back to give his presentation again on Nov. 14. This is a great opportunity for anyone who missed his Sept. 6 webinar to get a tutorial on what is required under Initiative 1433.

He'll talk about the Paid Safe and Sick Leave requirements of I-1433 that become effective on the first of the year. Every employer with hourly employees must comply with the new law. As the deadline fast approaches, are you prepared?

His webinar will be held 10-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, giving information on what employers should know about the I-1433 Paid Safe and Sick Leave requirements. This will be a repeat of his Sept. 6 webinar, with the same information being presented to help employers prepare.

The webinar will provide an overview of the law, including the rules being developed by state Department of Labor and Industries and what employers need to do before and after the coming Jan. 1 deadline to comply with the new requirements.

O'Connell, a partner at Stoel Rives LLP, and an expert in labor and employment law, will lead the webinar.

O'Connell's practice includes collective bargaining, unfair labor practice and representation proceedings before the NLRB and public-sector agencies, labor arbitrations, equal employment and discrimination cases before administrative agencies and courts, wrongful discharge litigation, wage and hour counseling and litigation, and general personnel management. He has also been actively involved in the rulemaking process, both drafting and negotiating new rules and leading litigation challenging agency action.

Learn more and register here.

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Manufacturing Week Tour

Manufacturing is huge in Washington. Let's celebrate -- and invest in it

By Kate Lampson and Kris Johnson

Manufacturing has a long history in Washington and it has a great story to tell: In Benton County, careers in manufacturing pay an average annual wage of $55,701, $50,575 in Walla Walla County and almost $41,000 in Franklin County. Not bad for jobs that often require no more than a trade certificate or a two-year degree. It also has a multiplier of three -- for every one job created in manufacturing, another three jobs are created elsewhere.

That's a good return on investment, but the sector faces some headwinds.

As manufacturing comes on a national resurgence, Washington's sector has lost about 48,000 jobs since 2000 -- the vast majority of which are non-aerospace jobs.

Clearly, more can be done to support good-paying manufacturing jobs here and across the state.

Read the full column in The Tri-City Herald
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