September 3, 2019
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Employers welcome to provide input on new graduation pathways at Yakima community Meeting

Washington employers are encouraged to provide input at a community forum in Yakima next Tuesday on new graduation pathways to be considered by the Legislature.

The meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 6-8 p.m. at the Oxford Suites in Yakima.

The board seeks feedback on the recently-passed House Bill 1599, which concerns new high school graduation pathways in Washington.

The bill “eliminates the requirement for students to meet standard on the state assessments to qualify for graduation, and replaces it with several options, available for view online: http://bit.ly/WAPathways,” the agency reports.

Click here for meeting details and to sign up.

Contact Communications Manager Stephanie Davidsmeyer at 360.725.6035 for more information.



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Employers need to prepare for new noncompete laws

By Tim O'Connell of Stoel Rives

During the last legislative session, Washington took significant steps to limit noncompetition agreements for employees in the state and prohibit employer policies that ban moonlighting, impacting not only an important part of many local companies' strategies to protect their market position, but also employee loyalty.

The new state statute regarding noncompetition agreements and moonlighting policies demands attention from Washington employers...

Starting Jan. 1, 2020, employers that utilize noncompetition agreements need to carefully evaluate whether those agreements will meet the new state standards. If not, employers should revoke or revise those agreements prior to the effective date...

Properly structured noncompetition agreements and properly based policies regarding moonlighting are valid. Employers must, however, address these new limitations, sooner rather than later.

Read the full column in The Puget Sound Business Journal