February 11, 2019
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THIS WEEK: 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 Greg Hendershott and Angela Vogel from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

  • Wednesday, April 10: Wage & Hours, with Priya B. Vivian 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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State Revenue Is Growing


Legislative session focused on spending, taxes

By AWB President Kris Johnson

The 66th Legislature convened Jan. 14 and is slated to end on April 28. During that time, the top job for lawmakers is to craft the state's two-year operating budget.

The good news is they have record tax collections to work with -- more than $50 billion for the 2019-2021 budget cycle.

To put that into perspective, in 2011-2013 the state collected $31.3 billion in tax revenue.

This revenue growth was illustrated in a large display last fall at the Association of Washington Business's annual Policy Summit. The tallest of the revenue lines was over 6-feet tall. That was the projection for 2021-2023, when state coffers are expected to take in more than $53 billion. At the other end of the chart, the line showing was just over three-and-a-half feet tall...

Read the full guest column in The Wenatchee World
Investing in Green Infrastructure


LNG fuel is just one way the Port of Tacoma's getting cleaner

By Don Meyer and John McCarthy, Port of Tacoma commissioners

The Port of Tacoma has a long history and culture of innovation, shared by our customers and partners.

Three years ago, TOTE Maritime, a port customer for 42 years, began the process to become one of the first shipping lines to run its ships on liquefied natural gas (LNG), a much cleaner burning fuel than traditional bunker diesel.

Is LNG a perfect solution? No, but TOTE's vision and initiative should be celebrated. We can see these benefits immediately by moving toward LNG now and keeping our trade moving, not waiting for the next technology to be invented.

Our plan to open an LNG plant on the Tideflats in the next few years will give us a competitive advantage and increase safety by not having to transfer the fuel via truck...

Don Meyer of Spanaway was elected to his third term on the five-member Port of Tacoma Commission in 2017. John McCarthy of Northeast Tacoma was elected at the same time after previously serving on the commission from 1983-92.

Read the full guest column in The News Tribune
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