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

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

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

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