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Welcome to AWC’s online library of Legislative Bulletin and CityVoice news articles and other updates.

2

Mar

2015

LEOFF benefits for remarried surviving spouse

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.
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Categories: Personnel

2

Mar

2015

Requiring cities to offer the state’s deferred compensation program

Last week, the Senate Ways & Means Committee passed a substitute version of SB 5435, which requires all cities and counties participating in state retirement systems to offer the state’s deferred compensation program.
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Categories: Personnel

2

Mar

2015

Binding interest arbitration for unfair labor practices

Late last week, the bill allowing the Public Employment Relations Commission to order binding interest arbitration in the case of an unfair labor practice, HB 1230, was unexpectedly pulled to the House floor.
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Categories: Personnel

23

Feb

2015

Many personnel bills survive first legislative cutoff

With last Friday’s cutoff for policy bills to move from committee, most of the personnel bills AWC has been tracking remain alive.
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Categories: Personnel

13

Feb

2015

AWC to oppose expansion of interest arbitration and mandatory deferred compensation

Next week AWC will testify against three proposals that could impact city budgets and personnel policies.
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Categories: Personnel

30

Jan

2015

Employee reporting of workplace injuries

This week AWC testified in support of HB 1253, requiring workers to report workplace injuries "immediately" to the employer.
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Categories: Personnel

30

Jan

2015

Modifying the definition of occupational disease

Last year’s proposal to modify the definition of occupational disease has been reintroduced this year and is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee next week.
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Categories: Personnel

30

Jan

2015

All payers claim database

The House Health Care & Wellness Committee recently heard HB 1437, making changes to the all payer health care claims database that was established in 2014.
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Categories: Personnel

30

Jan

2015

Volunteers needed to update human resources section of the Local Government Common Records Retention Schedule

The Washington State Archives is seeking subject matter experts to assist with updating the Human Resource Management (HR) section of the Local Government Common Records Retention Schedule (CORE).

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

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