March 28, 2016
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April 13: Employment Law Webinar Series #2: Employee Handbook, Insurance and Benefits

AWB has partnered with several law firms to offer a series of employment law webinars. The first webinar was held earlier this month, but employers and HR professionals can still register for the next in the series of six webinars, which takes place April 13, 10 a.m.-noon. It will focus on the do’s and don’ts of building an employee handbook. These webinars also qualify attendees for continuing education credits.

The Employee Handbook is an essential tool for businesses of all sizes – it provides guidance to employees about workplace expectations, gives managers a means of assessing employee conduct and job performance, and, most importantly, the Employee Handbook is critical in mitigating risk, including litigation risk. The Employee Handbook is indeed the employer’s workhorse for managing employees. This seminar takes a look at crafting an effective employee handbook, policy pitfalls, employee benefit policies, essential policies your handbook should contain, appropriate handbook utilization, and common sense approaches that can help protect your business from liability.

To register or learn more about this webinar and the remaining four in the employment law series, contact Kelli Schueler at 360.943.1600.

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Public Charter Schools Are Working

Gov. Inslee should sign charter school bill, let students achieve their dreams

By Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Seattle

As a state, we cannot let go of our ability to lift hardworking people out of poverty. We must do everything within our power to ensure public education remains a powerful ladder to success for every child in Washington. We cannot allow the leaders and innovators of future generations to slip through the cracks simply because we were too stuck in our ways to create the change we know they needed.

ESSSB 6194, a bill to keep Washington's public charter schools open for the long-term and an option for all communities across the state, now sits on Inslee's desk awaiting his signature. The bill, which passed both houses of the Legislature with bipartisan support, provides excellent educational opportunities for hundreds of students today, and potentially thousands of students in the future. ...

I have heard some of my fellow legislators who oppose ESSSB 6194 say we either need to fix every problem in public education for every student in Washington or do nothing at all. I urge the governor to reject such false choices.

I urge the governor to sign the charter-school bill, which would keep these students on the path to achieving their dreams and build upon Washington's foundation of innovation and accountability in public education.

Click here to read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times
Washington Employers Are Leading the Way

Something old and something new: How Seattle's viaduct is being recycled in the tunnel

By Richard D. Oxley,

Parts of Seattle's viaduct may be torn down, but in a way, those parts won't truly be gone.

Nucor, the state's largest metal recycler, takes scrap steel from portions of the torn down Alaskan Way Viaduct through downtown Seattle and forges it into new product.

The recycling effort is currently featured in a commercial produced by the Association of Washington Business...

Click here to read the full story at
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