August 26, 2019
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One week to go: Deadline approaching to report Paid Family and Medical Leave premiums

There’s one week left for employers to begin reporting and remitting premium payments for Washington's 2017 Paid Family and Medical Leave law. Starting in 2020, Washington will be the fifth state in the nation to offer paid family and medical leave benefits to workers. A premium of employee gross wages will fund the program, with the cost shared by both employees and many employers. The Employment Security Department administers the program.

As this is a new program and technology system, Employment Security extended the deadline for reporting from July 31 to August 31. If employers haven't reported yet, ESD is encouraging businesses to begin the account creation process as early as possible to ensure enough time to set up the account, file and pay for both quarters before the deadline.

A series of how-to videos and written instructions will walk employers through the process of:

  • Setting up an account
  • Registering as an employer or employer agent
  • Reporting via manual entry or file upload
  • Paying your premiums

The reporting log-in page is here. Questions? Contact AWB’s Bob Battles at

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Deadline for written comments on draft overtime rule Sept. 6
Support for Ex-Im Bank Grows

In Our View: Congress must reauthorize Ex-Im Bank now

By The Columbian Editorial Board

For 85 years, the federal Export-Import Bank has helped American corporations compete in the global marketplace. Now it is in need of reauthorization from Congress.

In recent years in Clark County, the bank has supported companies such as Conquest Consulting Group, Northwest Natural Products and Neil Jones Food Company. Across Washington, it has supported companies large and small in every region. About 90 percent of businesses that use Ex-Im Bank services are small businesses that provide local jobs and contribute to the local tax base.

The Ex-Im Bank, which provides and guarantees loans to help foreign entities make purchases from U.S. companies, is particularly important in our state, where an estimated 40 percent of all jobs are tied in some fashion to international trade...

Read the full editorial in The Columbian