April 29, 2019
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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 begin before noon and will run 60-90 minutes, including ample time for questions. The series, which is already underway, includes these upcoming events:

• 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 Stephanie Hemphill at StephanieH@awb.org or 360.943.1600.



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Teaching for Tomorrow


STEM skills vital to rural students, too

By Kevin Chase, superintendent of ESD 105

In the next five years an estimated 225,465 jobs that earn a family-sustaining wage will require credentials that many of our Washingtonian students are not on track to earn. In south-central Washington, 14,455 high-paying jobs will need a credential in the next five years.

I see the chasm between education attainment and how that translates to employment and jobs. We have to make changes in our education system that allow our families and kids to visualize their path forward and to have local employers be able to recruit and train their workforce in novel ways. Career Connect Washington, a statewide initiative, is bringing together business, labor, government and education leaders so that young people have the education and skills needed to connect with high-demand, family-wage careers across Washington and in the Valley...

Even though we are an agriculture-based region we are not immune from changing workforce demands, as agriculture becomes more and more automated. Our students are ready and willing to step up to the challenge of 21st century work demands. It is up to us to prepare them...

Read the full op-ed in The Yakima Herald-Republic
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