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

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

19

Feb

2016

Bills impacting city personnel issues continue to move

Last week was the deadline for bills to move from their house of origin, and a number of personnel bills we’ve written about continue to move following this key deadline.
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Categories: Personnel

12

Feb

2016

Prohibiting consideration of traffic tickets issued during law enforcement officer performance reviews

HB 2399 prohibits consideration of the number of traffic tickets issued, or the amount of penalties assessed from tickets, in a law enforcement officer’s performance review, evaluation, rating, assessment, salary, promotion, or assignment.
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Categories: Personnel

12

Feb

2016

Requiring mandatory reporting of hazardous exposures for firefighters

On Thursday, February 11, the House of Representatives passed HB 2805, requiring mandatory reporting of hazardous exposures for firefighters.
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Categories: Personnel

12

Feb

2016

Expanding participation in the Washington state deferred compensation program

During the 2015 legislative session, the Senate considered a proposal, SB 5435, to require all cities and counties participating in the state retirement systems to offer the state’s deferred compensation program.
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Categories: Personnel

12

Feb

2016

Reasonable accommodations for pregnant women

HB 2307 requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related health conditions, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the employer's business.
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Categories: Personnel

5

Feb

2016

Preempting cities from enacting minimum wage and sick leave laws

On February 1, the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee heard two proposals that would preempt cities from enacting minimum wage laws.
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Categories: Personnel

5

Feb

2016

Which personnel bills survived the first legislative cutoff?

Friday, February 5 was the deadline for bills to be approved by a policy committee.
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Categories: Personnel

29

Jan

2016

Preempting cities from enacting minimum wage and sick leave laws

On Monday, February 1, the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee will hear two proposals that would preempt cities from enacting minimum wage laws.
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Categories: Personnel

29

Jan

2016

Requiring local police departments to reimburse training costs when hiring newly-trained state troopers

Due to concerns about turnover in the Washington State Patrol (WSP), the Legislature requested an analysis of WSP recruitment and retention practices.

29

Jan

2016

Requiring PEBB to accept small political subdivisions

Last week, the Senate Ways & Means Committee heard SB 6475, which would require the Public Employees' Benefit Board health care program to accept cities, counties, and other political subdivisions with fewer than 5,000 employees.
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Categories: Personnel

29

Jan

2016

Proposal to expand presumptive occupational disease

On Monday, February 1 at 1:30 pm, the House Labor & Workplace Standards Committee will hear a proposal, HB 2806, that would expand presumptive occupational disease for firefighters in several ways.

29

Jan

2016

Bill requires mandatory reporting of firefighter hazardous exposures

In 2015 the Legislature passed HB 1604, creating a workgroup to discuss establishing definitions, policies and procedures for mandatory reporting of hazardous exposures suffered by firefighters in the course of employment.

22

Jan

2016

Prohibiting consideration of traffic tickets issued during law enforcement officer performance reviews

On Monday, January 25, at 1:30 pm the House Labor & Workplace Standards Committee will hear HB 2399.
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