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Published on Friday, January 23, 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, and here’s a few that could impact cities:

  • HB 1163 requires employers to grant no less than two hours of paid vacation leave for every 40 hours worked by an employee.
  • HB 1194 allows a surviving spouse of a LEOFF 1 or 2 member killed in the line of duty to continue receiving worker’s compensation benefits even if the surviving spouse remarries.
  • HB 1273 makes a number of changes to the state’s Family and Medical Leave Act, including increasing the amount of leave an employee may take under some circumstances, requiring employer contributions to fund a statewide paid family leave program, and providing a formula for calculating the amount of employee paid leave.
  • HB 1354 establishes the Employee Anti-Retaliation Act, which establishes a new cause of action and penalties against an employer who violates employee wage and hour rights.
  • HB 1356 establishes minimum paid employee sick leave based on the size of the employer.
  • SB 5329 requires contract negotiations with employee organizations to be conducted in an open meeting.

If you have feedback or questions on these bills, please contact AWC’s Candice Bock or Serena Dolly.

Categories: Personnel