April 24, 2017
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Employment Law Webinar -- Non-Competes, Confidentiality Agreements, Non-Solicitations & Intellectual Property Protection

Learn the best way to lawfully protect your business strategies, trade secrets and proprietary information and personnel from your competitors during AWB's Non-Competes, Confidentiality Agreements, Non-Solicitations & Intellectual Property Protection webinar with Chrystina Solum of Ledger Square Law on May 3. Registration is also open for the final session in AWB's 2017 Employment Law webinar series.

Solum’s practice areas include employment advising and litigations, real estate, business disputes and contract matters. She is experienced in representing employers in disputes before regulatory agencies and in litigation disputes. She also advises employers on preventative matters, such as drafting employment handbooks, employment and non-competition agreements, training, best management practices and advice on hiring and terminations.

She was a summa cum laude graduate of the Seattle University School of Law in 2008, and was listed as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2014 and 2015. Before joining Ledger Square Law, Solum was an associate attorney with Eisenhower & Carlson.

This is the second year that AWB has offered employment law webinars. The goal is to help employers protect their company — and employees — in the ever-changing world of employment law. The best defense 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 concludes in June:

CLE requests have been submitted and are being processed.

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

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Nothing 'Special' About It

Here we go! The usual 'special legislative session' on the horizon

By The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Editorial Board

This time around, a deadline with real consequences will be looming. The state's budget year starts on July 1 and funding must be approved in order for government to operate and for its employees to be paid.

If this drags on until the end of June, it could be a mess -- particularly if lawmakers do not use their time wisely. If senators and representatives continue to just hiss at each other for two months and then cobble together a make-do budget that doesn't satisfy the high court, it will be a failure.

Lawmakers need to get the people's work accomplished sooner rather than later. Getting a budget approved that fully funds basic education is essential.

Read the full op-ed in The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Focus on the Main Problems

Hirst, budget should be priorities

By The Daily Sun News Editorial Board

We think lawmakers should postpone further discussion and action on remaining secondary bills until after problems relating to the Hirst decision are resolved and a budget approved, in that order.

The Hirst decision is already causing undo economic hardship on rural communities, and rural schools by essentially banning drilling of new wells. That ban, in turn, is putting a dent in state tax revenues as property values fall and rural development slows.

Meanwhile, the Legislature remains under a court order to fully fund basic education statewide. But without resolving Hirst first, any education funding measure is just a Band-Aid...

Read the full op-ed in The Daily Sun News
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