November 7, 2016
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This Thursday: Webinar helps employers prepare 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

Boeing, Alaska Air lauded for leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions

By Andrew McIntosh, The Puget Sound Business Journal.

Two of Puget Sound's biggest aerospace companies are working hard to cut emissions as part of the regional efforts to combat climate change, a new report says.

Boeing Co. and Alaska Air Group each adopted a series of small but important measures that can make a difference, according to a new Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce report.

Entitled "Bright Green in an Emerald City," the report lists dozens of examples of emission-reduction efforts at companies, a university and some non-profits.

Boeing and Alaska Airlines are praised for developing shorter, more precise routes for incoming aircraft traffic flying into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport... Every Sea-Tac flight using such approaches conserves an average of 87 gallons of fuel, and saves passengers nine minutes of flying, the Seattle Chamber's report said.

Greenhouse gas emissions reduced with each of these flights equals to what a small car would use, driving all the way from Seattle to Minneapolis, the report added.

Read the full story in The Puget Sound Business Journal
The Risks of I-732

Collaborate, don't regulate carbon

By AWB President Kris Johnson

Washington state employers are proven leaders and innovators in energy conservation, carbon reduction and environmental efforts.

The record proves this is already taking place without a carbon tax, but rather through innovation and collaboration.

Washington's population has increased 43 percent since 1990 and the economy has grown 260 percent, yet carbon emissions are down 18 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

From small operations to large steel mills, companies have built sustainability and environmental stewardship into their operations, not as an afterthought.

Despite this solid environmental record, voters will be faced with a choice to raise the cost of energy -- the engine that keeps Washingtonians moving and warm -- through Initiative 732. It would put in place a carbon tax under the guise of doing what employers and residents are already doing -- lowering carbon emissions. But, it is not without risk to the economy, K-12 education and our low- and fixed-income neighbors...

Read the full op-ed in The Puget Sound Business Journal
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