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23

Jan

2015

Legislators to hear personnel bills

Last week we said to expect many personnel bills in the coming weeks, and this week did not disappoint. Numerous bills have been scheduled for hearings next week.
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Categories: Personnel

16

Jan

2015

Expanding the definition of uniformed personnel

The first week of session brought few bills related to personnel and labor relations, but we are expecting to see many more over the next couple weeks.
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Categories: Personnel

19

Dec

2014

Use caution when hiring or contracting with retirees

Following media coverage of retirees returning to work in highly paid public positions, the Washington Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) reviewed the contracts between 374 public employers and retirees working as independent contractors.
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Categories: Personnel

19

Sep

2014

Labor Related Initiatives Proposed in Shelton, Sequim, and Chelan

Two petitions dealing with collective bargaining transparency were proposed in three of Washington’s cities.
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Categories: Personnel

14

Aug

2014

Court Decision on Pension Cases Released

Today the State Supreme Court released two decisions in related cases upholding the Legislature’s actions that repealed gain-sharing and eliminated automatic COLA increases for some retirees.

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Categories: Personnel

8

Aug

2014

2nd Annual Labor and Employer Summit – September 10

AWC is again partnering with the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters and the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs on a joint effort to foster trust and communication between city management and police and fire unions.
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Categories: Personnel

30

Jul

2014

Pension Funding Council Makes New Rate Recommendation

In response to new demographic projections from the State Actuary that show retirees living longer, the Pension Funding Council voted to increase pension rates.
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Categories: Personnel

7

Jul

2014

New pension rates to be set by July 31

New pension rates could mean millions of dollars for local government budgets.
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Categories: Personnel

4

Jun

2014

OFM releases definition tied to new law that mandates two unpaid days of leave

The Legislature passed SB 5173 which provides two days per year of unpaid leave for public employees for reasons of faith or conscience, unless it creates an undue hardship for the employer.

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Categories: Personnel

2

Jun

2014

Employer Representative needed for Select Committee on Pension Policy

There is currently a vacancy for an employer representative on the State Select Committee on Pension Policy.
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Categories: Personnel

2

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

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