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February 2013


What the State Auditor is Looking for...and Findings (Part 2)

What the State Auditor is Looking for...and Findings (Part 2)

February 25, 2013 by Tracy Burrows
Category: Accounting

In reviewing county and special purpose district audit findings from 2010 to 2012, a few key issues stand out. This post summarizes those issues and provides tips to help these jurisdictions avoid audit issues in the future.

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How Is Employee Travel Time Treated Under the Fair Labor Standards Act?

How Is Employee Travel Time Treated Under the Fair Labor Standards Act?

February 19, 2013 by Paul Sullivan
Category: Compensation , Fair Labor Standards Act

When an employee travels to work in the morning and then travels home at the end of the work day, that travel time is not “work time.” But what if the employee, at home after work, is then called back to work? Or if the employee must travel to another city for training? Does it matter if the employee drives his or her own car to an out-of-town assignment? Or if he or she travels as a passenger...

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Letter to Local Government Employees on Marijuana Use After I-502

Letter to Local Government Employees on Marijuana Use After I-502

February 13, 2013 by Pat Mason
Category: Marijuana

What should a local government employer say, if anything, to its employees regarding the impact of Initiative 502, which legalized some recreational use of marijuana, on the workplace?
I wrote a blog post a few weeks ago that answered some of the employment-related questions that have arisen after the enactment of Initiative 502, and the main point of that blog was to clarify that the...

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Revisiting the “Uninterrupted Continuation” EMS Levy with an Informal Attorney General’s  Opinion

Revisiting the “Uninterrupted Continuation” EMS Levy with an Informal Attorney General’s Opinion

February 4, 2013 by Judy Cox
Category: Emergency Medical Services

On May 11, I wrote a blog post discussing new legislation (SB 5381, ch. 115, Laws of 2012) that makes it easier to renew an emergency medical services (EMS) levy.

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Super Staff Work: Comparison of Impact Fees

Super Staff Work: Comparison of Impact Fees

February 1, 2013 by Tracy Burrows
Category: Impact Fees

Call me crazy, but I get a real thrill out of reading an outstanding staff report. It's based on data! It lays out options! It gives a well-considered recommendation! I love it. A lot of us are in this business to give elected...

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Lessons Learned from Two Successful Levy Lid Lifts

Lessons Learned from Two Successful Levy Lid Lifts

January 31, 2013 by Tracey Dunlap
Category: Finance Advisor , Property Taxes

The City of Kirkland was fortunate to have two levy lid lift measures pass on the November 2012 general election ballot. The city's finance director explains how the city approached the two measures and what may have contributed to their success.

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