August 26, 2019
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Employers have until Sept. 6 to comment on new overtime rule

There’s still time for Washington employers to weigh in on a proposed rule that would set a minimum overtime-exempt salary of $79,000.

The Department of Labor & Industries will accept written comments until Sept. 6. Comments can be emailed to

L&I will spend several months reviewing the comments and formulating a final rule. The agency expects to adopt the final rules by the end of the year, with a phase-in period beginning around July 1, 2020. Check out this AWB summary to learn more.

Sixteen people testified at the agency’s last public hearing on Aug. 15, and 10 said they wanted to see the Department of Labor & Industries rework its proposed rule to ease the impact on businesses, The Columbian reports.

“This will only make things more difficult for us,” said Lois Cook, who together with her husband runs a small business that sells telephone services.

John McDonagh, president of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, said that an informal survey of his members showed that most agree that the overtime rules need an update, but said that L&I's proposal would hurt their ability to provide benefits and flexible schedules.

Contact Bob Battles, AWB government affairs director for labor and employment law, to learn more.

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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