December 16, 2019
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Major change to overtime rule as state approves $80,000+ minimum for salaried employees

Washington state is on track to a new $83,400 "super minimum wage" after a rule was approved last week by the Department of Labor & Industries. The new Executive, Administrative and Professional (EAP) overtime salary rule impacts every employer in the state, but especially small businesses and nonprofit organizations. At the same time, employers need to be aware of new federal overtime rules that take effect on Jan. 1. With so many changes to employment law, AWB's upcoming HR & Employment Law webinar series is a good opportunity to get up to speed.

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USMCA trade agreement moves forward

House Democrats and the White House announced a deal on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement last week. It was a notable moment of good news in the nation's capital.

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AWB joins White House summit on child care, paid leave and working families

AWB was back in Washington, D.C., for the second week in a row for a series of national meetings on child care and early childhood education, including a forum at the White House. AWB's Amy Anderson was joined by entrepreneur Nicole Sohn and state Rep. Kristine Reeves. The meetings follow the recent publication of a major study on child care.

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Prepare for upcoming legislative session with AWB's latest Legislative Review

AWB's annual Legislative Review examines the 2019 session in depth, with a wide-ranging look at all the proposed and final bills that affected employers and Washington's competitiveness during the legislative session. The edition also includes the popular Vote Record, which ranks Washington's legislators based on their support of policies that help employers in all of Washington succeed.

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Save the Date for AWB's Legislative Day & Hill Climb -- Jan. 28

Join AWB this January for some "Capitol Conversation" in Olympia. The annual Legislative Day & Hill Climb allows AWB members to take their business issues and concerns directly to our elected officials. Non-members can register for the reception, but the hill climb and legislative update are members-only exclusive-access opportunities. If your business is a member of the state chamber of commerce, register today!

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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