July 8, 2019
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This Wednesday: Final HR and Employment Law seminar July 10 will focus on accident prevention and investigation

AWB's popular Human Resources and Employment Law Webinar Series wraps up this month with a session on accident prevention and accident investigation plans led by Tim O'Connell and Karin Jones of Stoel Rives. This is your last chance to participate in the web series, which concludes this Wednesday, July 10.

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Event: Best Practices & Social Impact Investing for Private Fund Sponsors and Allocators

SS&C GlobeOp and K&L Gates are hosting an afternoon of round table discussion around ESG investing, investing in diversity, and opportunity zones on July 18 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the K&L Gates office in Seattle. For more information about K&L Gates or its locations, practices and registrations, visit klgates.com.




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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