September 3, 2019
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More speakers confirmed for AWB's 2019 Policy Summit Sept. 17-19

AWB is pleased to announce Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner is confirmed as our 2019 Policy Summit morning keynote speaker on Sept 18.

At Windermere Real Estate, Gardner is responsible for analyzing and interpreting economic data and its impact on the real estate market on both a local and national level. Gardner has nearly three decades of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K.

Gardner is one of a select number of economists who provide housing market forecasts to Reuters for its Home Price Forecast Survey and also participates in Zillow’s Home Price Expectation Survey. In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Gardner sits on the Washington State Governors Council of Economic Advisors, chairs the board of trustees at the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at the University of Washington, and is an advisory board member at the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington where he also lectures in real estate economics.

AWB’s 2019 Policy Summit also includes dozens of other compelling speakers. Take a look inside life in the Oval Office with the evening keynote address featuring a joint appearance from former White House chiefs of staff. Panel discussions will provide insights on tax policy, the state of the economy, entrepreneurship, and much more. Details will be posted to our website as they become available.

Please join us at the beautiful Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum. Policy Summit gives you an opportunity to build connections with fellow business leaders from across the state. This is your chance to engage in high-level, statewide policy discussion. Learn about the current outlook on issues that impact employers and communities.

One of our most popular events, this one often sells out. Register here or contact Jacob Sodeman at 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