November 28, 2016
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Registration now open for 2017 Employment Law webinar series

The best way to protect your company -- and your employees -- in the ever-changing world of employment law is to be up-to-date on the latest practices and standards. AWB is offering an in-depth look at workplace law with top legal experts who are well-versed in Washington's employment standards. The six-session Employment Law webinar series begins Jan. 11 and continues through June. The attorneys giving the classes will discuss hiring, termination, non-competes, accident investigations, wage & hour, insurance, benefits, job descriptions and much more.

CLE requests have been submitted and are being processed.

In a special bonus, AWB is offering a discounted early-bird package that covers all six sessions and includes a number of extras: a bind for topic materials (mailed ahead of time), along with a wrap-up thumb drive with all webinar materials, plus two years of annual updates on all topics covered.

The early-bird special is only available until Jan. 6. At that point, only single webinars will be available for purchase.

The first session on Jan. 11 will cover pre-hire, hiring and job descriptions. It will be led by Clemencia Castro-Woolery of Ledger Square Law, P.S.

For a full list of events and registration options, click here.

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A Lack of Effective Training

Too many Washington kids are not college- or job-ready

By Steve Mullin, president of the Washington Roundtable

Students in Washington classrooms today will soon enter a job market bursting with opportunities. New research from The Boston Consulting Group and the Washington Roundtable projects 740,000 job openings in our state in just the next five years. State job growth over that period is expected to be nearly triple the national average.

Increasingly, Washington students will need a postsecondary credential -- such as a technical or industry certification or license, apprenticeship, associate degree or bachelor's degree -- to access the best job opportunities our state has to offer.

A survey of Washington Roundtable member companies shows a universal preference to hire Washington kids for Washington jobs. We have no doubt other employers feel similarly.

The challenge is this: Just 31 percent of the students who attend a public high school in our state go on to attain a postsecondary credential by age 26. Less than a third are prepared for the jobs of the future. 

That's not good enough.

Read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times
Supporting the Snake River Dams

Our dams support us; it's time to support them

By U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Following Judge Michael Simon's recent decision to require a full review of the Columbia and Snake River systems, there has been a movement to reevaluate what our dams mean to Eastern Washington.

Here in our region, the four lower Snake River dams provide renewable, reliable, affordable energy and act as a superhighway for barges to transport goods. As a community, we need to let our federal partners know that we want to continue to invest in and improve our dams.

Currently, the Army Corps of Engineers is undertaking a public "scoping" period through January 17, 2017, providing an opportunity for Eastern Washington residents to voice their support for dams and the benefits they offer to the region.

Read the full op-ed from The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
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