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Webinar: Marijuana and Opioids in the Workplace: Employment Law Guidance on Addressing Substance Abuse



Join workplace law attorney Selena Smith on Wednesday, May 22, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., for guidance on substance abuse policies, performance and attendance issues, and navigating the legal parameters of what you can and can’t do to address substance abuse at work.

The course will cover:

  • Legal parameters concerning marijuana and prescription drugs affecting the workplace
  • Effective strategies for addressing substance abuse
  • Guidance on disciplinary action for poor performers affected by substance abuse

Presenter Selena Smith of Davis Grimm Payne & Marra offers a proactive approach with her clients, providing day-to-day advice, training and guidance concerning handbooks and labor agreements. In addition, Smith represents employers in litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. She combines her knowledge and experience in labor and employment law with strategic advice to fit her clients’ unique needs.

Learn more and register here.



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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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