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Welcome to AWC’s online library of Legislative Bulletin and CityVoice news articles and other updates.

12

Jan

2018

First responder presumptive disease bills to be heard in the House and Senate

On Monday, January 15 at 1:30 pm, House and Senate committees will hear three bills seeking to expand presumptive occupational disease for police and fire personnel.
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Categories: Personnel

12

Jan

2018

Paid Family & Medical Leave draft rules available for comment

The Employment Security Department (ESD) has released the first draft of rules on the state’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program related to the topics of collective bargaining agreements, premium liability, and voluntary plans.
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Categories: Personnel

5

Jan

2018

New wrongful death bill to be heard in House this week

Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos (D-Seattle) has sponsored HB 2262 regarding wrongful death and injury liability
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Categories: Personnel

5

Jan

2018

Bill to prohibit employers from asking about arrests or convictions will be heard in the House

Sponsored by Rep. Ortiz-Self (D-Mukilteo), HB 1298 will be heard in the House Labor & Workplace Standards Committee on Tuesday, January 9, at 1:30 pm.
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Categories: Personnel

5

Jan

2018

Bill to address gender pay equity scheduled for hearing

Rep. Tana Senn’s (D-Mercer Island) bill, EHB 1506, addressing workplace practices to achieve gender pay equity is a carryover from last session.
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Categories: Personnel

15

Dec

2017

PERS/TRS 1 COLA recommended by the Select Committee on Pension Policy

The Select Committee on Pension Policy met on December 12 and voted to recommend a Cost-of-Living-Adjustment (COLA) for members of the Teachers’ Retirement System Plan 1 (TRS 1) and Public Employees’ Retirement System Plan 1 (PERS 1).
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Categories: Personnel

15

Dec

2017

Paid Family and Medical Leave rulemaking begins this month

This past legislative session saw the creation of a new employee benefit system, the Paid Family and Medical Leave program (PFML).
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Categories: Personnel

13

Nov

2017

Webinar on new paid sick leave law taking effect January 2018

AWC recently produced and recorded a webinar that provides information on what city employers need to know about the new paid sick leave requirements that were created by the passage of Initiative 1433.
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Categories: Personnel

13

Nov

2017

DRS releases updated guidance on the new LEOFF 2 "third party contract rule"

The state’s 2017-19 operating budget included language when a LEOFF 2 employer charges a fee or recovers costs, which shifted the responsibility for who pays the state’s 20 percent pension contribution.
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Categories: Personnel

8

Sep

2017

New LEOFF 2 contribution change for third party contracts, timeline update from DRS

As we have previously reported, the state’s newly-passed operating budget included a shift in pension contributions when the employer contracts with a non-LEOFF 2 employer for services.
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Categories: Personnel

8

Sep

2017

Rulemaking continues on new I-1433 paid sick leave requirement

Voters passed Initiative 1433 in 2016, raising the state’s minimum wage and requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to employees effective January 2018.
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Categories: Personnel

8

Sep

2017

State agency engaging in new rulemaking on occupational lead exposure

The state agency tasked with regulating occupational safety, Labor & Industries (L&I), is engaged in new rulemaking on employee lead exposure.
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Categories: Personnel

22

Aug

2017

Rulemaking continues on new I-1433 paid sick leave requirement – public comment deadline 9/1

Voters passed Initiative 1433 in 2016 raising the state’s minimum wage and requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to employees effective January 2018.
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Categories: Personnel

16

Aug

2017

New LEOFF 2 contribution change for third party contracts, new policy under scrutiny

As we have previously reported, the state’s newly-passed operating budget included a shift in pension contributions when the employer contracts with a non-LEOFF 2 employer for services.
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Categories: Personnel

14

Aug

2017

Significant developments in personnel and pensions in 2017

This session saw significant changes to the personnel environment with the Legislature passing a new Paid Family & Medical Leave program.
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