October 31, 2016
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Small businesses have one month to prepare for big changes to federal overtime rules

On Dec. 1, the paychecks of 4.2 million American workers will be affected by new federal overtime rules. Employers are scrambling to comply with the new rules, which will nearly double the salary level at which an employee is exempt from being paid overtime, taking the current standard of $455 a week to a new level of $913 a week. In terms of annual salary, a worker would now need to be paid $47,476 a year to qualify as an exempt employee, up from the current level of $23,660.

While the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a coalition of 21 states have filed a lawsuit to halt the rules, there is no sign that Congress or the courts will put the regulations on hold, The Associated Press reports.

"We're telling clients, 'You need to get your act together. This is happening,'" says Rob Wilson, president of Employco, an HR provider based in Westmont, Illinois.

With so many complexities and costs associated with the new rules, AWB is holding a one-hour webinar with a labor law attorney to give employers the information they need to learn how to be in compliance by Dec. 1. Learn more and register for the Nov. 10 webinar here.

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Focus on Sustainability

Delivering the Future: How UPS Is Pursuing the Possibility of Sustainable E-Commerce

By Jim Bruce, senior vice president, UPS

At UPS, ours is anticipating the direction of e-commerce and staying ahead of it, because we believe that e-commerce will profoundly impact the development of our cities, lifestyles and business.

The question is whether e-commerce will improve or diminish global sustainability. We think it can go either way but are optimistic about the possibility of real improvement. Which way it goes depends on a number of factors: 1) Can we create a sustainable global delivery network? 2) Will people rely on that network enough to lessen reliance on personal vehicles and to increasingly live in decongested, pedestrian-friendly cities? And 3) Will cities begin to view e-commerce as essential to their sustainable future? Truly, a "yes" to these three questions would be transformative to our cities and global carbon-reduction efforts...

Read more at the National Association of Manufacturers blog
Washington's Hydropower Is No Laughing Matter

Who needs those old dams?

By Tracy Warner, editorial page editor, The Wenatchee World

They had a good laugh over it, the reports said. What a knee-slapper. Candidates for the United States Congress, at a recent climate change forum at a Ballard brewpub, indicated through their mistaken answers to a simple question that neither has any idea where electricity comes from. What a hoot...

Electricity doesn't just show up. It is not produced by flights of fancy, moonbeams, cool articles in Wired or a Harry Potter character waving a wand. It required the intense effort of generations, the labor of tens of thousands of people, and investments in the multiple billions to produce enough electricity to supply Seattle and provide the energy without which its thriving economy wouldn't be worth a 500K RAM chip from a 1984 IBM PC.

To feed the city energy there are hundreds of turbines, turning ceaselessly through the power of falling water from the great river of the West, harnessed by blocks of concrete so large we can scarcely imagine larger...

Of course, you don't get rid of such assets. You don't speak of it, even in jest.

Read the full column in The Wenatchee World
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