February 19, 2018
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AWB's 2018 employment law webinar series continues with 'Employee Handbook' talk



Employment law matters to your business. Getting the law right is not an option, but it is also not always easy. Fortunately, AWB is offering a very easy way to get the latest news and best practices on how to comply with increasingly complex employment law.

AWB is hosting a six-month webinar series that covers common employment law topics. We have partnered with some of the state's top employment law experts to give you, the employer and human resource professional, the information you need in 2018 and beyond.

Each webinar will be 60-90 minutes and include ample time for questions.

The schedule of webinars is as follows:

  • Wednesday, March 14: Employee Handbook with Greg Hendershott & Angela Vogel of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Wednesday, April 11: Wage & Hour Laws with Katheryn Bradley of Lane Powell, PC

This webinar series is open to AWB members and non-members. For questions or more information please contact Kelli Schueler, AWB member relations and events coordinator, at 360.943.1600



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B&O Tax Relief for Manufacturers
Support All Manufacturers


AWB tells House committee, 'It's time to let all manufacturers win'

By Jason Hagey, AWB

AWB President Kris Johnson called on lawmakers to lower the business and occupation (B&O) tax rate for all Washington manufacturers, not just those in some parts of the state, during a hearing Friday before the House Finance Committee.

In its current form, Substitute House Bill 2947 would lower the B&O rate for manufacturers in 30 counties. It would leave out nine counties, including many that consist largely of rural areas, such as Kitsap and Benton.

"It's time to let all manufacturers win," Johnson said, echoing language that Rep. Gael Tarleton, D-Ballard, used during a floor speech last week on a separate measure aimed at boosting Washington's boat manufacturers. "We're going to let our fishing fleet win," Tarleton declared before the House voted 97-1 in favor of her bill.
Read the full blog and watch the video at Olympia Business Watch
Preserving Local Commitment


Avista sale is good for customers, community

By Scott Morris, CEO, Avista Corp.

Six months ago, Avista and Hydro One announced plans to combine and form one of North America's largest regulated utilities. Since that time, as we've moved toward closing, our confidence has only grown in the benefits of this merger for all of our stakeholders, from our customers and employees to our shareholders and the communities we serve.

Given the central role that Avista plays in its service territories, both as an energy provider and a member of the community, we understand why customers and community members want assurances that they will continue to receive safe, reliable and high-quality energy at a fair price and that Avista will continue to be an active corporate citizen.

The short answer is that the proposed transaction is designed to help preserve -- and even enhance -- Avista's commitments to its customers and its communities. In a changing industry landscape, joining forces with Hydro One will help safeguard Avista's proud legacy and way of doing business...

Read the full op-ed in The Spokesman-Review
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