November 2, 2015
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Tuesday, Nov. 3: Employment At-Will in Washington -- Dead or Alive?

Employers need the flexibility to make personnel decisions to meet their business needs, but they also need to be aware of laws protecting employees from discrimination. How is your company prepared to address “at-will” employment? Karen Galipeau Forner, founder and managing member of K-Solutions Law in Bellevue, will lead a two-hour seminar to help employers understand “at-will” employment and learn best workplace practices to minimize discrimination claims.

She'll address questions such as: What’s the true definition of employment “at will” in Washington? What’s an employer’s duty to accommodate a disability?

"In this presentation we will explore what are considered adverse actions by employers and what employers can do to be proactive to limit liability," Galipeau Forner said. "What are employer defenses if discrimination or retaliation is alleged? What should your company do if a protected class or activity issue comes up and what should you do if a complaint is filed?"

Galipeau Forner represents employers in the areas of workers' compensation, workplace safety, administrative appeals and employment law. She is a frequent presenter at continuing legal education seminars and to employer groups. Prior to K-Solutions Law, Galipeau Forner worked representing employers as Senior Attorney at AMS LAW in Seattle for two and a half years. From 1993 to 2007 she worked at the Washington State Attorney General's Office.

The class will be held Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn more and register online.

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Two-Part Question

Tacoma's Two-Part Minimum Wage Ballot Is Confusing -- Here's an Explainer

Tacoma voters have an important choice, but the ballot is a little confusing. You'll first answer whether you think the city should increase the minimum wage, then a second question whether the wage should rise to $12 or immediately to $15 if a majority of voters want it to increase.

Here's the important part.

Answer the second question no matter what! It does not mean you're voting for a minimum wage increase.

If you don't pick an option on the second half of the measure, it's like picking the option you don't want.

Click here to watch the full video on the Tacoma-Pierce Chamber's YouTube channel
Millennium Bulk Terminals

Timelines are important

By The Daily News editorial board

When it comes to big projects, timelines are important. Last week we learned the timeline for the Millennium Bulk Terminals' draft environmental impact statement was being pushed back. ...

Why are the goalposts being moved? Because it's a coal project?

Whether you support the Millennium coal project or oppose it, you should be upset with how the State of Washington has treated the timeline for this project.

Cowlitz County needs jobs and the Department of Ecology's poor performance isn't helping.
Click here to read the full editorial in The Daily News
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