September 3, 2019
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Legislators sue over governor's line-item vetoes in transportation budget

On a bipartisan basis, the Legislature has announced that it will sue Gov. Jay Inslee, saying he overstepped his authority with a series of one-sentence vetoes in the state transportation budget. Lawmakers from both parties called it an important constitutional issue; Inslee called it a respectful difference of opinion and welcomed "forthcoming guidance from our courts."

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Final public hearing on LNG plant in Tacoma sees plenty of public comment

AWB joined other business and labor advocates to testify in support of a liquified natural gas (LNG) storage facility in Tacoma during a key public hearing last week. The facility will allow ships to burn cleaner fuel and will stabilize the region's natural gas supply during times of peak demand.

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

Make your plans to attend the year's premier policy event, once again held at the beautiful Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum Sept. 17-19. Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner is confirmed as our 2019 Policy Summit morning keynote. Make connections and engage in high-level, statewide policy discussion. Learn about the current outlook on issues that impact your business and the communities where we live and work. Register today!

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Deadline extended for comment on new $79,000 'super minimum wage' overtime rule

The deadline has been extended to Sept. 20 for comment on major changes to Washington's exempt overtime rules, including a new minimum wage for salaried workers of more than $79,000 by the time the rule is fully phased in. This AWB Amplified video has more information. Read more »


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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