July 8, 2019
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New legislators in 1st District as Rep. Derek Stanford appointed to Senate and Bothell Deputy Mayor Davina Duerr appointed to House

County leaders in the 1st Legislative District appointed Rep. Derek Stanford, D-Bothell, to fill the open Senate seat recently vacated by Sen. Guy Palumbo. To fill Stanford's now-vacant seat, leaders chose Bothell's deputy mayor, Davina Duerr.

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Preston Feight takes over as new CEO of Paccar

As new CEO takes the reigns, Washington-based truck manufacturer expands, adding workforce and plant capacity for the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF brands.

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Washington new Paid Family & Medical Leave act hits milestone

Last week marked a milestone in the implementation of Washington's 2017 Paid Family and Medical Leave law, with the launch of the new employer reporting system. The Employment Security Department has also extended the deadline for employer reporting and payments until Aug. 31.

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AWB HealthChoice includes 24/7 medical insights with Teladoc

The thousands of employers who are insured by AWB HealthChoice have access to medical care 24/7 through the Teledoc program for $45 or less per session.

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Unintended Consequences


State's proposed overtime rule change goes too far, too fast

By AWB President Kris Johnson

If it's approved, any employer with salaried workers making less than that amount will be faced with the difficult decision to either raise their employees' salary to nearly $80,000 or convert the worker to hourly status. For employers who can't afford to give out big raises, they may have little or no choice but to switch employees to hourly status.

In theory, this could lead to increased pay for some workers, but that's only if their employer can afford to pay overtime. Small businesses, nonprofits and other employers that can't absorb the cost increase will likely cut services.

Even for workers who don't take a step backward financially, the change could feel like a demotion. Increasingly, employees value flexibility in work hours, particularly younger workers. Making the transition from a salaried job -- with the flexibility to duck out for a couple hours in the middle of the day to take care of family obligation -- to an hourly worker who is required to be in the office a full eight hours, without the option of working from home, will be jarring.

No one is disputing that Washington's overtime rule needs updating. But the state's proposal simply goes too far, too fast and risks harming the employees it's intended to help.

Read the full column in The Wenatchee Valley Business World