February 4, 2019
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Learn employment law basics for your business with AWB's popular webinar series


AWB is again hosting a six-month webinar series that covers common employment law topics.

Top legal experts will lead the classes to show employers everything they need to know about these important issues.

All webinars will be at 11 a.m. and will run 60-90 minutes, including ample time for questions.

The webinar Schedule:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 13: Pre-Hire, Hiring & Job Descriptions with Sarah Swale, Jensen Morse Baker PLLC
  • Wednesday, Mar. 20: Employee Handbook, with a speaker from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Wednesday, April 10: Wage & Hours, with a speaker from Lane Powell, PC
  • Wednesday, May 15: Performance Evaluations, Disciplinary Action & Termination, with Britenae Pierce, Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland
  • Wednesday, June 12: Non-Competes, Confidentiality Agreements, Non-Solicitations & Intellectual Property Protection, with Amy Mensik and William Symmes, Witherspoon Kelley
  • Wednesday, July 10: Accident Prevention & Accident Investigation Plans with Tim O'Connell and Karin Jones, Stoel Rives LLP

Individual webinars can be accessed at $40 for members or $55 for non-members.

For questions or more information please contact Kelli Schueler at KelliS@awb.org or 360.943.1600.



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On a map, the distance from our Washington to the "other" Washington looks so far away. But, policies being made and debated there hit us here in Washington state.

Take trade policies, for example.

As one of the most trade-driven states in the nation, what happens with trade agreements has a direct impact on Washington state's economy.

A recent report found that Washington farmers and other export-dependent producers saw their foreign sales drop by as much as 28 percent during the six months after the United States began imposing tariffs on trading partners.

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By The Tri-City Herald Editorial Board

Saying we don't need the four lower Snake River dams because they generate just a small percentage of the region's electricity is a bit like saying the Seattle Mariners don't need relief pitchers who are in the game for only an inning or two.

The dams, like a closing pitcher, are needed for their reliability and to fill in during critical times.

As lawmakers consider Gov. Jay Inslee's proposal to make Washington 100 percent carbon free, we hope they grasp the role hydropower plays in providing clean, renewable, low-cost power to the region

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