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Focus on Small Business: Job Creators and Job Killers

July 12, 2013 in Publications

A report on major bills from Washington's 2013 Legislative Session

Key Findings

Six months ago L&I said reforms would save extra $223 million, now says reforms will save $242 million less than predicted

June 21, 2013 in Blog

The state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has announced the hard-fought workers’ compensation reform program passed in 2011 allowing structured settlements for injured workers age 55 and older is not saving the money it was expected.

It’s Nice to Acknowledge National Small Business Week—but Actions Speak Louder Than Words

June 17, 2013 in Blog

Today is the start of National Small Business Week, first designated in 1963 as a way to recognize the important role small businesses play in our nation’s economy.    Accordingly, President Obama is paying the expected platitudes to our nation’s job creators. 

Business Taxes Will Increase Yet Again

June 13, 2013 in Blog

The state Employment Security Department announced yesterday that Washington state's average annual wage grew by 3.4% last year to $51,595.  The average weekly wage rose from $959 to $992.  ESD says most of the wage increase was driven not by increased wages for all workers, rather by strong growth in industries that offer above-average pay—a 6.1% increase in the number of workers earning more than $75,000.

City of Seattle passes law restricting use of criminal background checks

June 10, 2013 in Blog

Today the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the so-called "Job Assistance Bill." The new law prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history until after an initial screening to eliminate unqualified applicants and prohibits employers from rejecting job applicants with a criminal history unless they can prove a “legitimate business reason” for doing so. 

The new law will go into effect November 1, 2013.

Seattle City Council voting on criminal background check bill today

June 10, 2013 in Blog

Today the Seattle City Council is scheduled to vote on an ordinance that would prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history until after an initial screening to eliminate unqualified applicants and prohibit employers from rejecting job applicants with a criminal history unless they can prove a “legitimate busin

Worker Protection Bill

May 30, 2013 in In the News
The Snohomish Times
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The Snohomish Times
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Worker Protection Bill Would Ban Workplace Discrimination and Promote Social Justice

May 30, 2013 in Publications

While the people of Washington and most lawmakers breathlessly await the outcome of closed-door budget negotiations, Sen. Michael Baumgartner has introduced a bill that would promote fairness and social justice for every working person in the state.

SB 5935 would extend right-to-work protections to all workers in the state. Employers would be barred from firing employees who choose not to become members of a private labor organization. The bill says: