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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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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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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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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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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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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.

15

Jan

2016

Giving fire department employees rights to volunteer or obtain part-time employment

SB 6250 would give fire department employees the right to volunteer or obtain employment with other fire departments.

15

Jan

2016

Reasonable accommodations for pregnant women

The House Labor & Workplace Standards Committee is considering two separate proposals requiring employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant women.
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17

Dec

2015

L&I adopts workers’ comp rate increases for 2016

The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced its workers’ compensation rate increases in September and formally adopted the rates this month.

16

Oct

2015

L&I announces rate increase for 2016

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced a 2% average increase in workers' compensation rates on September 23.
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