December 9, 2019
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AWB Events & Resources

Registration now open for 2020 HR and employment law webinar series

From procurement to payroll, there are many things for successful small business owners to track, and keeping up-to-date on the latest in employment law is just one. AWB makes it a little easier by providing the basics on common employment law topics all rolled into one webinar series.

Especially helpful for small business owners who “wear many hats,” like serving as CEO, CFO and HR director all at the same time, this popular six-month webinar series can help employers stay up-to-date. The webinar series features employment law experts from across Washington, covering the latest changes in employment and human resources law, and gives you everything you need to help your business thrive.

All webinars begin at 10:30 a.m. PST and will run 60-90 minutes, including ample time for questions and answers. The package includes all six webinars, topic materials and wrap-up resources that will include all webinar materials, extra information and sample documents.

The schedule includes:

Wednesday, Feb. 5
Pre-Hire, Hiring & Job Descriptions

Sarah Swale, Jensen Morse Baker PLLC

Wednesday, March 4
Employee Handbook
Greg Hendershott & Angela Vogel, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Wednesday, April 1
Wage & Hours
Shirley Lou-Magnuson & Resh Sidhu, Lane Powell PC

Wednesday, May 20
Performance Evaluations , Disciplinary Action & Termination
Britenae Pierce, Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland

Wednesday, June 3
Non-Competes, Confidentiality Agreements, Non-Solicitations and Intellectual Property Protection
Amy Mensik & William Symmes, Witherspoon Kelley

Wednesday, July 1
Accident Prevention & Accident Investigation Plans
Tim O-Connell & Karin Jones, Stoel Rives LLP


Lock in last year’s pricing package (includes all six webinars) when you register before Jan. 6.

Members: $150

Non-Members: $200

Last year’s pricing package expires on Jan. 6, 2020. The price increases by $50 and will be available until Feb. 4, 2020. After this date, only individual webinars will be available for registration, no exceptions.

Individual Webinar:
Members: $40
Non-Members: $55

For questions or for more information please email Jacob Sodeman, or call at (360) 943-1600.

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By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

Washington's Congressional delegation and Gov. Jay Inslee should advocate strongly for prompt approval of the new trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The nearly complete agreement is enormously important to Washington's economic growth and job creation. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) also substantially improves environmental and labor protections over NAFTA, the 1994 agreement it will replace...

Inslee's support is important. He was a strong advocate for NAFTA while in Congress in the 1990s.

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With Inslee now seeking another term leading trade-dependent Washington, he should be more publicly supportive of progress USMCA makes and benefits it would bring the entire state.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
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By The Tri-City Herald Editorial Board

We know December's to-do list is already long, but we've got an important task that must be added to your check-off list: Please fill out the state survey on the Snake River dams.

It can be found at

Don't delay.

We have been critical of this state effort since its proposal nearly a year ago, but now that written comments are being taken we encourage people to fill out the survey and let their voices be heard.

Read the full editorial in the Tri-City Herald.