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Feb

2017

Bill would allow employees over 60 the option of opting out of retirement system membership

A bill requested by the Select Committee on Pension Policy would allow new government employees the option of opting out of retirement system membership if the employee is age 60 or older when first hired.
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Categories: Personnel

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Feb

2017

Bill would require public employee collective bargaining sessions to be open, public meetings

SB 5545, Sen. Lynda Wilson (R-Vancouver), would amend the Open Public Meetings Act by removing the exemption provided for collective bargaining sessions related to contract negotiations with unions.

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Feb

2017

Proposals expand occupational diseases for police and fire

On Thursday, February 9, House and Senate committees will hear two bills seeking to expand presumptive occupational disease for police and fire personnel.
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Categories: Personnel

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Jan

2017

Another busy week for personnel bills

House committees will hear a number of bills with potential impacts to city personnel rules.
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Categories: Personnel

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Jan

2017

Hearings scheduled this week on new employee protections and workers’ compensation reform bills

During this third week of session, House and Senate committees are scheduled to hear a number of personnel bills.
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Categories: Personnel

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Jan

2017

Implementing the family and medical leave insurance program

This week the House Committee on Labor & Workplace Standards will hear HB 1116, implementing family and medical leave insurance.
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Categories: Personnel

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Jan

2017

Studies conclude pension mergers possible

During the 2016 session, the Senate considered a bill to merge the LEOFF 1 (Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’) and TRS 1 (Teachers’ Retirement System) pensions systems.
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Categories: Personnel

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Dec

2016

LEOFF 2 Board completes merger study

During the 2016 session, the Senate considered a bill to merge the LEOFF 1 (Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’) and TRS 1 (Teachers’ Retirement System) pensions systems.
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Categories: Personnel

12

Dec

2016

Employers seek workers’ compensation reforms

Citing a number of concerns, a coalition of employer representatives is advocating for reforms to the state’s workers’ compensation system.
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Categories: Personnel

12

Dec

2016

Court halts implementation of new FLSA rule

The new FLSA rule – which was set to take effect on December 1, 2016 – has been temporarily enjoined by a federal trial court in Texas.
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Categories: Personnel

12

Dec

2016

New minimum wage takes effect on January 1

Voters approved an increase to the state’s minimum wage with Initiative 1433, and beginning January 1, 2017, the minimum wage will increase to $11.
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Categories: Personnel

12

Dec

2016

Legislative Bulletin – December 12, 2016

Read this week's edition of the Legislative Bulletin.

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Nov

2016

Check your wages and policies – minimum wage initiative passing

Voters appear to be approving an increase to the state’s minimum wage with Initiative 1433.
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Categories: Personnel

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Sep

2016

L&I releases workers’ comp rates for 2017

Cities that are not self-insured pay insurance premiums for workers’ compensation to the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

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Sep

2016

Pension Funding Council adopts new rates

Last month, the Pension Funding Council adopted rates as proposed by the Select Committee on Pension Policy.
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