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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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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.

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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Categories: Personnel

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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Categories: Personnel

30

Sep

2015

AWC comments on IRS Notice 2015-52 on ACA high cost plan excise tax

On September 30, AWC, on behalf of its member cities and towns, commented to the IRS on Notice 2015-52 regarding the ACA’s high cost plan excise tax.
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Categories: Federal, Personnel

11

Sep

2015

Rulemaking on high-cost health plan excise tax continues

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is again seeking comments as they continue the rulemaking process of implementing the excise tax on high-cost health plans.
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Categories: Personnel

18

Aug

2015

Labor Department proposes changes to overtime rules

The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that would extend overtime protection to millions of workers by increasing the salary threshold at which workers are eligible for overtime.
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Categories: Personnel

31

Jul

2015

Few personnel bills pass this session

In the personnel and pensions area, the theme for 2016 was similar to that from the last two years – many proposals introduced, but the political differences between the House and Senate meant few bills were passed.

12

Jun

2015

House Finance Committee moves revised city and county fiscal sustainability proposal

As expected, HB 2156, promoting the fiscal sustainability of cities and counties, passed out of the House Finance Committee on a 13-3 bipartisan vote on Monday, June 8.

29

May

2015

New bill would open collective bargaining sessions

On Tuesday, May 26, the Senate Ways & Means Committee heard a new bill, SB 6126, that makes a number of changes to the state’s collective bargaining process and requires local government collective bargaining sessions to be conducted in open meetings.
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Categories: Personnel

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