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May 8, 2018

AWB Spring Meeting helps employers stay current in a changing world (w/video)

By: Andrew Lenderman   Comments: 0

Legalized marijuana. Increased automation. Paid family leave. Rising trade tensions.

Times are changing fast, and those changes often lead to questions for employers. AWB’s Spring Meeting, May 15-16 in Spokane, is designed to give business leaders insight and the answers they need to navigate the changes. There’s still time to register for this event, which offers a wealth of practical information that business owners can use.

The meeting kicks off Tuesday with “Tariffs, Trade and Trump: A Trade Policy Update from Washington,” a keynote address by John Murphy, senior vice president for international policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Murphy, who wrote about NAFTA recently on the chamber’s blog, argues for modernizing the agreement, but not withdrawing from it.

While international trade makes headlines, employment law continues to evolve at the state level.

AWB’s Bob Battles will moderate “Struggles and Solutions: Implementing Paid Safe and Sick Leave and Preparing for Paid Family and Medical Leave” later that afternoon. Panelists from state agencies and Washington companies will share what they’re doing to implement the new laws and what employers need to know.

How will automation impact your industry? AWB’s Amy Anderson will moderate a panel titled “Automation in the Workforce” featuring James McCafferty of the Center for Economic and Business Research at Western Washington University, and economist Anneliese Vance-Sherman of the state Employment Security Department.

2018 was a year of record revenue for state government. What does 2019 look like? AWB’s tax and fiscal policy director Clay Hill will moderate a discussion among state Reps. Larry Springer, D-Kirkland, Bruce Chandler, R-Granger, and Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane.

The panels finish with a look at rural broadband funding that includes senior managers from T-Mobile and Microsoft, as well as Betty Buckley of the Washington Independent Telecommunications Association.

The day’s events conclude with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 2018 Leadership Washington graduation and a dinner keynote address by Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger, whose “Miracle on the Hudson” exemplifies leadership under pressure.

Come learn about the latest changes in the world of business, make connections with employers from the around the state and leave inspired by one of this generation’s great leaders.

For more information, please call AWB at 360.943.1600.

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