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

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.

15

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

30

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).

30

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.

30

Sep

2016

New overtime rule faces legal challenge

In September, over 50 business groups and 21 states filed lawsuits challenging the U.S. Department of Labor’s new Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime rule, which applies to public and private sector employers.
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Categories: Personnel

30

Sep

2016

Resources for LEOFF 1 Disability Boards

Cities, counties and other governmental jurisdictions are responsible for the lifetime medical costs of their LEOFF 1 employees and retirees.
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Categories: Personnel

22

Jul

2016

Pension committee discusses merger and rate increases

At a meeting last week, the Select Committee on Pension Policy discussed its study of a potential merger of the LEOFF 1 and TRS 1 retirement systems and potential rate increases.

5

Jul

2016

Select Committee on Pension Policy conducts survey on LEOFF 1 merger

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

17

Jun

2016

Department of Retirement Systems rulemaking activity

The Washington State Department of Retirement Systems is conducting rulemaking on a number items of potential interest to cities.
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Categories: Personnel

20

May

2016

Department of Labor issues changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published final regulations governing which executive, administrative, and professional employees are entitled to the FLSA's minimum wage and overtime pay protections.
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Categories: Personnel

28

Apr

2016

Interesting session for personnel and pension issues

Few bills related to personnel and pension issues passed in the 2016 session, and we were successful in stopping some that were considered costly for local employers.

4

Mar

2016

Most personnel bills fail this session

Friday was the last day for bills to pass both chambers unless deemed necessary to implement the budget.
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Categories: Personnel

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