December 16, 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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Spreading Christmas Joy
Holiday Kids Tree

Sharing the Spirit of the Season Across Our State

By AWB President Kris Johnson

As the state's business and manufacturing association, AWB is proud to lead a number of statewide efforts. Perhaps the most heartwarming is our job each December to coordinate the decorations and lighting of the state's holiday tree. Those decorations are always bundled up after the new year and donated to a local children's hospital.

Washington employers have donated a total of $438,000 to the Holiday Kids' Tree project over the last three decades. Just before the annual tree-lighting ceremony, we give bags of toys and checks to representatives from rural fire districts who distribute the food and toys to families in need. This year we were able to spread holiday cheer to families across the state, from Camano Island to Chelan and Walla Walla.

And speaking of trees, your state Capitol this year was filled with the greenery of a 34-foot noble fir, donated by Weyerhaeuser from its Vail Tree Farm near Rainier.

The tree was harvested from a small area that is being cleared to make room for a series of wind turbines at the new Skookumchuck Wind Farm. This 38-turbine project, a partnership between Puget Sound Energy, Weyerhaeuser, TransAlta and RES, will generate 137 megawatts of power -- enough to power 48,000 homes. That will be a gift for generations to come...

Read the full guest column in The (Centralia) Chronicle