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Webinar: Marijuana and Opioids in the Workplace: Employment Law Guidance on Addressing Substance Abuse



Join workplace law attorney Selena Smith on Wednesday, May 22, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., for guidance on substance abuse policies, performance and attendance issues, and navigating the legal parameters of what you can and can’t do to address substance abuse at work.

The course will cover:

  • Legal Parameters Concerning Marijuana and Prescription Drugs Affecting the Workplace
  • Effective Strategies for Addressing Substance Abuse
  • Guidance on Disciplinary Action for Poor Performers Affected by Substance Abuse

Presenter Selena Smith of Davis Grimm Payne offers a proactive approach with her clients, providing day-to-day advice, training, and guidance concerning handbooks and labor agreements. In addition, Smith represents employers in litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. She combines her knowledge and experience in labor and employment law with strategic advice to fit her clients’ unique needs.

Learn more and register here.



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Inspiring Action


Hair stylists embody democracy in action

By AWB President Kris Johnson

It was an impressive display of grassroots organizing. Arranged solely through a quick online effort, the state Senate Labor and Commerce Committee hearing was jam-packed with hair stylists, salon owners and cosmetologists on Jan. 28.

Thousands of people signed in to testify and a line of professionals stretched from the Senate hearing room outside to the domed building on the Capitol campus nearly a football field away.

Those small-business owners and independent contractors converged on Olympia on short notice from every part of the state to testify against bills that would severely restrict who can and cannot be classified as an "independent contractor" in Washington state.

It was a powerful sight and an inspiring illustration of democracy in action.

That bill, and others like it introduced this session, would severely hamper those entrepreneurs' ability to continue to operate as their own boss...

Read the full column in South Sound Business
Carbon Costs


Time to stall climate bills that would raise gas prices

By Yakima Herald-Republic Editorial Board

Recycling is all well and good, but not when it comes to the Legislature's latest attempt to combat climate change by proposing solutions that result in higher gas prices, thus putting the pocketbook hurt on all Washingtonians, especially those in the Yakima Valley.

Didn't voters just reject a plan, Initiative 1631, that would place a fee on carbon polluters (that's you, large, multi-national oil companies) while virtually assuring that residents would see a significant price rise at the pump and higher electricity bills?

... Washington's regressive tax system already disproportionately affects those with the least wiggle room in their household budgets. Lower-income residents seemingly are just as concerned with combating climate change as those of more means, but they will be unfairly called upon to bear the bulk of the burden.

Read the full editorial in The Yakima Herald-Republic
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