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26

Apr

2013

Bill to end pension spiking advances out of Senate Ways & Means

SB 5916, introduced in response to reports of LEOFF pension spiking cases, was heard in the Senate Ways & Means Committee last week.
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Categories: Personnel

19

Apr

2013

New bill addresses pension spiking and LEOFF 1 medical costs

SB 5916, introduced just this week, had a public hearing in the Senate Ways & Means Committee on Thursday.
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Categories: Personnel

12

Apr

2013

News stories on pension spiking and LEOFF medical benefits raise questions about costs

The Associated Press recently released a series of articles that ran in a number of newspapers across the state.
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Categories: Personnel

29

Mar

2013

Workers Comp Retro Programs and workplace safety bills scheduled for hearings

SSB 5112 provides Workers Compensation Retrospective Rating Programs the ability to assist in scheduling independent medical exams and vocational rehab appointments. 
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Categories: Personnel

15

Mar

2013

Personnel bills moving and how they impact cities

With personnel being one of the largest cost drivers in municipal budgets, AWC has been very watchful of proposals that would either reduce or increase these costs.
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Categories: Personnel

15

Mar

2013

Bill to streamline scheduling for workers compensation moves to House

AWC is supporting SB 5112, which would provide Workers Compensation Retrospective Rating Programs the ability to assist in scheduling independent medical exams (IME) and vocational rehab appointments.
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Categories: Personnel

8

Mar

2013

Personnel bills on House floor

Two personnel-related bills are currently on House floor, which means they could be voted on and passed out of the House at any time.

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Categories: Personnel

1

Mar

2013

Senate hears bills to create defined-contribution pension plan for public employees

Two bills have been proposed that could replace or add to existing pension programs for non-uniformed public employees with a new defined-contribution plan, similar to a 401(k) model.

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Categories: Personnel

22

Feb

2013

House considering bill to allow dual membership in PERS and PSERS

HB 1923 expands eligibility to certain Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) members to participate in the Public Safety Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) as well.
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Categories: Personnel

18

Feb

2013

Changes to binding interest arbitration standards to be heard this week – February 22

SB 5733 is up for a hearing in the Senate Commerce and Labor committee February 22 at 8 am.
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Categories: Personnel

8

Feb

2013

Bill addressing the removal and discharge of police officers

SB 5668 was introduced by Sen. Padden (R-Spokane Valley) and is scheduled for a hearing on February 15 in the Senate Law & Justice Committee.
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Categories: Personnel

1

Feb

2013

Classifications of independent contractors causes concern for cities

On January 31, the House Labor and Workforce Development Committee heard HB 1440, which addresses wage issues and classification of independent contractors.
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Categories: Personnel

1

Feb

2013

Family Medical Leave insurance bills

The Legislature is hearing bills on whether to expand and fund changes to the Family Medical Leave Insurance (FMLI) program, or whether to remove the program from statute.
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Categories: Personnel

1

Feb

2013

Establishing standards and requiring employers to offer paid sick leave

HB 1313 sets minimum standards for how much sick and safe leave an employer must award to employees.
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Categories: Personnel

14

Dec

2012

County court rejects Legislature’s repeal of PERS 1 and TRS 1 annual increases

On November 9, a Thurston County judge ruled that the 2011 Legislature improperly repealed an annual increase provided to retirees and beneficiaries of PERS 1 and TRS 1.

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