January 7, 2019
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Learn employment law basics for your business with AWB's popular webinar series



AWB is again hosting a six-month webinar series that covers common employment law topics. Early-bird pricing is now available.

Top legal experts will lead the classes to show employers everything they need to know about these important issues.

All webinars will be at 11 a.m. and will run 60-90 minutes, including ample time for questions.

The package includes all six webinars, a binder for topic materials and a wrap-up thumb drive that will include all webinar materials, extra information and sample documents.

Webinar Schedule:

  •  Wednesday, Feb. 13: Pre-Hire, Hiring & Job Descriptions with Sarah Swale, Jensen Morse Baker PLLC
  •  Wednesday, Mar. 20: Employee Handbook, with a speaker from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  •  Wednesday, April 10: Wage & Hours, with a speaker from Lane Powell, PC
  •  Wednesday, May 15: Performance Evaluations, Disciplinary Action & Termination, with Britenae Pierce, Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland
  •  Wednesday, June 12: Non-Competes, Confidentiality Agreements, Non-Solicitations & Intellectual Property Protection, with Amy Mensik and William Symmes, Witherspoon Kelley
  •  Wednesday, July 10: Accident Prevention & Accident Investigation Plans with Tim O'Connell and Karin Jones, Stoel Rives LLP

An early-bird price of $150 for AWB members ($200 for non-members) is available for those who sign up before Jan. 31, 2019.

Individual webinars can be accessed at $40 for members or $55 for non-members.

For questions or more information please contact Kelli Schueler at KelliS@awb.org or 360.943.1600.



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Supporting Rural Areas


Let's work together to prioritize rural economic revitalization

By AWB President Kris Johnson

The mission of the Association of Washington Business is to bring people together throughout the state to promote economic prosperity -- from the urban centers to the most rural corners.

We know that parts of Washington have boomed since the end of the recession, but other areas -- particularly the rural communities that exist in each of our state's 39 counties -- have not realized the same economic opportunities.

Our state's overall success depends on not just talking about the many barriers holding back economic growth in rural regions but finding and implementing solutions discussed at the AWB Rural Jobs Summit in the Legislature and at the local level to move every community forward.

Whether urban, rural or somewhere in between, we're all in this together.

Read the full column in the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business
Taxing Employers


Legislature's return to work presents a challenge for business

By Bill Virgin

Laments from the business community about taxes, regulations and the high cost and frustration of doing business around here are typically met with two responses: "It can't be that bad, look at our booming economy," and "If you don't like it, leave" (the latter usually accompanied by a snide remark about Texas or the South).

To those points: The current success of the tech sector, however loosely that's defined, certainly fueled economic growth in the region. But other sectors are struggling for reasons of their own (retailing) or related to the boom (industrial businesses dealing with high costs). Tech's boom has papered over a lot of ills, and if the sector ever has another moment like the dot-com bust, that facade will be gone...

Eventually businesses reach a point at which the cost/benefit analysis tips from staying to going.

It hasn't happened in great numbers and it won't happen at the same time for all businesses. But those tipping points are out there. In 2019, we'll find out see how enthusiastically the Legislature pushes the region closer to them.

Read the full column in The News Tribune
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