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Jun

2014

New law mandating two unpaid days of leave takes effect June 12

The Legislature passed SB 5173 which provides two days per year of unpaid leave for public employees for reasons of faith or conscience.
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Categories: Personnel

18

Apr

2014

Divided politics mean few personnel bills pass this year

The partisan divisions between the House and the Senate were very apparent again this year in terms of personnel legislation that passed.

18

Apr

2014

Court decision on pension cases expected soon – what will it mean for cities

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Categories: Personnel

21

Mar

2014

Many bills, little action on personnel issues

As we mentioned in an earlier article, the deep political divide between the Senate and House on personnel related policy continued this session, and the result is few bills going to the Governor’s desk.

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Categories: Personnel

7

Mar

2014

Bill requires employers to provide employees with two unpaid holidays for reasons of faith or conscience

Original version of SSB 5173 that passed the Senate stated that employers must allow an employee to take additional holidays on specific days for a reason of faith or conscience unless it imposed an undue hardship on the employer.
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Categories: Personnel

7

Mar

2014

Proposal establishes process for setting pension contributions for unpaid obligations

HB 2018 would require that the Pension Funding Council (PFC) adopt employer-specific additional contribution rates in situations where contributions are made other than immediately after service is rendered and when the amount contributed is insufficient and would result in rate increases to other employers and employees in the system.
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Categories: Personnel

7

Mar

2014

Personnel bills that passed the house of origin, but are likely dead

The legislature discussed many personnel related bills this session. The following is a list of bills that survived the house of origin cut-off, but are now likely dead.
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Categories: Personnel

21

Feb

2014

AWC supporting measure to streamline scheduling for workers compensation

SB 5112 would provide Workers Compensation Retrospective Rating Programs the ability to assist in scheduling independent medical exams (IME) and vocational rehab appointments.
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Categories: Personnel

21

Feb

2014

Providing digital copies of public employees collective bargaining agreements

SSB 6250 originally called for bargaining representatives to submit a digital copy of their collective bargaining agreement to PERC (Public Employment Relations Commission) within 30 days of the effective date of the agreement.

14

Feb

2014

Dueling political philosophies on personnel legislation

The division in the legislature continues to impact personnel legislation.
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Categories: Personnel

7

Feb

2014

Bill would preempt local governments from regulating employment laws of businesses in their jurisdiction

SB 6307 preempts a local government from making changes to personnel issues including wages, hours of work, employee retention and leave from employment as it relates to businesses operating in their jurisdiction.
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Categories: Personnel

31

Jan

2014

LEOFF 2 career change companion bill scheduled for hearing

Last week we highlighted HB 2479 that would make changes for post-retirement employment for LEOFF retirees. Click here for last week’s article.
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Categories: Personnel

24

Jan

2014

Changes for post-retirement employment of LEOFF retirees

In 2005, the legislature addressed post-retirement employment for LEOFF 2 members with the career change bill.
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Categories: Personnel

24

Jan

2014

Legislature looking at a wide variety of personnel legislation

Here is a brief summary of some pending legislation pertaining to personnel.
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Categories: Personnel

17

Jan

2014

Requiring that employees accumulate paid vacation time

A new bill would require employers to provide paid vacation accrual for all employees working at least 20 hours a week.
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Categories: Personnel

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