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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

20

May

2015

AWC comments on ACA high cost plan excise tax

Washington cities may be disproportionately impacted by the Affordable Care Act’s excise tax on high cost health coverage.
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Categories: Federal, Personnel

24

Apr

2015

Personnel bills head to the Governor for signature

While numerous personnel bills were introduced and heard during the regular legislative session, very few made it to the Governor’s desk for signature.
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Categories: Personnel

3

Apr

2015

Personnel bills on the move

Wednesday, April 1, was the deadline for policy bills to make it out of committee.
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Categories: Personnel

20

Mar

2015

Simplifying the calculation of workers’ compensation benefits

The House Labor Committee will hear SB 5510 on Tuesday, March 24, at 1:30 pm.
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Categories: Personnel

13

Mar

2015

Which personnel bills moved before the latest legislative deadline?

Wednesday at 5 pm was a critical cutoff for bills to make it out of their house of origin.
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Categories: Personnel

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