December 14, 2015
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RESCHEDULED: Feb. 16 seminar, 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 at AWB on Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 9-11 a.m. 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?

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.

Register now for this seminar.

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Leading Without New Top-Down Mandates

Recognize success industries are having in cutting CO2

By Kris Johnson, AWB president, and Daren Konopaski, vice president and business manager for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 302

It is true this year's drought and wildfire season wreaked havoc on the state, a point that Gov. Jay Inslee makes while promoting his government-centric carbon emissions reduction plan. But the governor's labeling of those who disagree with the details of his plan as "fear mongers" is not fair.

There is no denying there is more work ahead, but there is also no denying that Washington employers and their employees are already leading the way toward the cleaner future that Gov. Inslee -- and frankly all Washingtonians -- so strongly desire.

Gov. Inslee has continued to say "it's time to lead," but Washington employers and employees are already leading the way toward environmental solutions that work -- without top-down, bureaucratic mandates that raise taxes on everyday citizens but don't solve the problem.

Click here to read the full op-ed in The Herald
Delays Hurt Workers and Economy

State should speed up permits for export docks

By Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch

While our neighbors to the north and south of Washington watch their port infrastructure grow and flourish, our state -- the most export-dependent in the nation -- is improbably holding up billions of dollars in private infrastructure development that would only help us compete with California and Canada.

The delay with regard to the export terminal expansions in Bellingham and Longview is patently unacceptable. Proposed projects and potential investments in this state should benefit from a fair, timely and predictable review process. Yet that is not the case with these projects, whose review has been in process for three years and subject to numerous, ongoing delays.

It is one thing to politically disagree with these projects on the basis of exporting a particular commodity -- in this case, coal -- and to express concern over the environmental standards to which these projects must adhere. It is quite another to attempt to bind these projects with endless government bureaucracy and red tape in hopes that the investors will give up and go elsewhere. Our competition is ready and willing to accept new business and is making the needed investments to do so.
Click here to read the full column in The Olympian
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