November 13, 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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Rural Jobs Summit


Why Rural Economic Development Is Top of Mind in Washington State and Elsewhere

By Joshua Wright

Rural economic development is a thorny, multi-layered topic with many challenges and few obvious answers. But the summit -- hosted in Moses Lake by the Association of Washington Businesses -- was encouraging, not just because it focused on solutions for small towns and regions but also because so many people attended the event.

Sweeney himself said it speaks well for Washington that 250 decision-makers from every part of the state came together to talk rural jobs and economies.

"We put our focus on where the need is, and the need is the biggest in rural communities," said Brian Bonlender, director of the Washington Department of Commerce.

Read the full essay at EconomicModeling.com
Quality Health Insurance


Association Health Plans offer model for the nation

By AWB President Kris Johnson

Since they were created, Association Health Plans (AHP) have grown in popularity, insuring as many as 400,000 people at their peak. Many of those people were not previously insured. For AWB's plan, approximately 40 percent of employers did not have prior coverage. It's clear that AHPs expand health care access and choices for small employers, their employees and families.

What's more, employers that start with an AHP tend to renew. Historically, as many as 90 percent renew coverage year after year...

Washington's AHPs offer high-quality health insurance plans with consumer protections like guaranteed issue (nobody can be denied coverage) and renewal built in. They are fully insured and comply with all state and federal mandates, including those contained in the Affordable Care Act such as dependent coverage up to age 26, lab and X-ray, preventative care and mental health services.

Read the full column in The Wenatchee Valley Business World
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