October 31, 2016
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AWB webinar Nov. 10 offers help preparing for new federal Overtime Rule that takes effect Dec. 1

On Nov. 10, dig deeply into the United States Department of Labor’s new overtime regulations. AWB's webinar on the new rule will provide strategies and best practices for compliance.

The new regulations, scheduled to take effect on Dec. 1 despite legal challenges, will almost double the minimum salary for “white collar” employees to $47,476 per year. This webinar will discuss how to properly use non-discretionary payments (such as production and retention bonuses) to meet the new salary. It will also include strategies for identifying and altering the compensation structures for currently exempt employees who make less than $47,476 per year, including:

  • Raising employee salaries to meet the new threshold;
  • Converting employees to salaried non-exempt under the standard and fluctuating-workweek models; and
  • Converting employees to hourly non-exempt.

The seminar will also provide best practices for non-exempt employees who will now be entitled to overtime and breaks.

The presenter, Sarah E. Swale, is a shareholder at the law firm of Lane Powell in Seattle. She is a member of Lane Powell’s Labor and Employment Group. She is chair of Lane Powell's Wage and Hour Team. She also advises employers regarding compliance with federal and state employment laws, provides management training on HR topics, and drafts HR policies and agreements.

Learn more and sign up today!

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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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