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21

Jul

2017

Budget includes new LEOFF 2 state/employer contribution shift under special circumstances

The state’s newly-passed operating budget includes a new item of interest to LEOFF 2 employers.
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Categories: Personnel

7

Jul

2017

LEOFF 2 state contribution maintained in the 2017-19 budget but other LEOFF 2 changes made

The newly-passed 2017-19 biennial budget maintains the state commitment to funding their 20% share of the LEOFF 2 contributions ($70M in 2018, $73.3M in 2019).
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Categories: Personnel

7

Jul

2017

Rulemaking continues on new paid sick leave requirement – public hearings set

Voters passed Initiative 1433 in 2016 raising the state’s minimum wage and requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to employees effective January 2018.
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Categories: Personnel

7

Jul

2017

Legislature passes new statewide Paid Family & Medical Leave program

As part of the whirlwind activity to pass the operating budget on June 30, the Legislature passed SSB 5975, instituting a new Paid Family & Medical Leave program.
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Categories: Personnel

30

Jun

2017

Cities fare well in adopted 2017-19 state operating budget

On the final day of the state’s fiscal year, and 175 days after coming to Olympia in January, legislators adopted an operating budget, thus avoiding a state government shutdown.

19

Jun

2017

Agreement reached on new statewide Paid Family and Disability Leave program

The Legislature introduced dueling bills early in the 2017 session to create a funded paid family and disability leave program.
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Categories: Personnel

16

Jun

2017

New DRS pension rates to go into effect on July 1 for PERS, PSERS and LEOFF

The Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) recently provided notice of pending contribution rate changes for the LEOFF, PERS, PSERS and the WSPRS pension systems.
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Categories: Personnel

2

Jun

2017

Fire Insurance Premium Tax distributions

One of the issues that remains part of the budget negotiations is a change to the distribution formula for Fire Insurance Premium Tax distributions in the Senate-proposed budget.

2

Jun

2017

AWC submits response letter in state agency’s paid sick leave rulemaking process

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has been creating rules to enforce the paid sick leave requirements of Initiative 1433.
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Categories: Personnel

2

Jun

2017

Possible LEOFF 2 contribution shift would hurt cities

The Senate’s proposal to eliminate the state portion of the LEOFF 2 pension contribution is still in play in budget negotiations.

19

May

2017

Opinion requested on LEOFF 1 coverage of medical marijuana

The Attorney General’s Office has received a request for a formal published opinion on the ability of a LEOFF 1 disability board to cover the costs of medical marijuana for a LEOFF 1 retiree.

19

May

2017

Paid sick leave draft rules released and public comment needed

Voters passed Initiative 1433 in 2016 which raised the state’s minimum wage and required employers to provide paid sick leave to employees.
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Categories: Personnel

19

May

2017

New law creates requirements for accommodating an employee’s pregnancy

SB 5835 was signed into law on May 16 which requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for an employee’s pregnancy and pregnancy-related health issues.
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Categories: Personnel

16

May

2017

State agency asking for input on paid sick leave rules

Voters passed Initiative 1433 in 2016 which raised the state’s minimum wage and required employers to provide paid sick leave to employees.
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Categories: Personnel

5

May

2017

Governor signs bill on worker compensation settlements

Governor Inslee signed HB 1755 regarding third party worker compensation settlements.
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