Last week representatives of the business community received a copy of the Department of Labor & Industries’ (L&I) snapshot comparison of workers’ compensation benefits and employer costs in Washington and five other aerospace states. The L&I chart was presented in a legislative task force meeting on Boeing’s 777x.
Yesterday the House Labor & Workforce Development Committee held a work session on our state’s workers’ compensation program. Department of Labor & Industries’ (L&I) Director Joel Sacks gave an overview and update of the state-run monopoly system, explaining to lawmakers the current financial state of the system, how the reforms passed in 2011 are
One day after participating in Washington Policy Center’s back-to-back Solutions Summit statewide policy conferences discussing whether a “right-to-work” policy is right for Washington State, Senator Michael Baumgartner today called for Governor Inslee to convene a special session to make Washington a right-to-work state.
The state Employment Security Department (ESD) is considering a seemingly innocuous change to a rule governing the appeals process for unemployment tax and benefit decisions. However, the rule change would give the state agency an unfair advantage when its decisions are challenged by employers or claimants and seriously undermine confidence in ESD to make unbiased decisions.
Yesterday proponents of Proposition 1, the SeaTac ballot measure to implement a $15 per hour minimum wage, paid sick leave and other labor mandates on some SeaTac businesses, released a study declaring passage of the initiative would inject $54 million in increased household spending throughout the region and create 400 new jobs.
The study also says employers will be able to easily absorb the increases in the cost of doing business by raising prices on consumers and local governments will benefit by receiving more revenue from the increase in earnings and spending.
There is a great editorial in today’s Seattle Times on increasing the minimum wage. Iconic Seattle-based business Dick’s Drive-In is featured as the best argument against a government mandated increase of our state’s already-high minimum wage.
Raising the minimum wage is a hot topic in the news right now. Voters in the City of SeaTac will decide in November whether to increase wages for workers in that city’s hospitality and transportation industries to a minimum of $15 per hour, fast food workers are striking for higher pay, and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is
Yesterday I participated in a “Small Business for Sensible Regulations” event with NFIB and Senator John Braun. The event was part of a statewide series spearheaded by NFIB to highlight the national coalition’s effort to reduce the regulatory burden on job creators.
Tomorrow NFIB and Senator John Braun will hold a “Small Businesses for Sensible Regulations” event at Braun’s company, Braun Northwest, a manufacturer of specialty emergency vehicles in Chehalis. As the country gears up to celebrate the achievements of American workers on Labor Day, the event will highlight the regulatory obstacles businesses face today in creating jobs.
On the heels of The Seattle Times printing my guest editorial explaining how little support Inslee and many lawmakers in the House showed for policies to foster job creation this past legislative session, come two more editorials pointedly asking what happened to Inslee’s much touted “Working Washington” plan.