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Salary Increases Coming in 2024 for Many Special Purpose District Officials

Every five years elected commissioners, board members, supervisors, and directors of special purpose districts receive increases in compensation as established by the Washington State Office of Financial Management. The next increases take effect January 1, 2024.

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Boosting Retention Among Gen Z and Millennials in the Local Government Workforce

Government agencies looking to boost retention among younger employees should consider improving their compensation packages, offering more flexibility, regularly highlighting employee contributions, and developing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

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Personnel Issues of Note from the 2023 Legislative Session

New state personnel laws establish protections for certain whistleblowers, amend the statutory definition of employment, modify procedures for reviewing and approving requests for partial wage replacement for unemployed workers, and update hospital staffing standards.

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Elected Officials and Benefits Programs

Are elected officials considered employees? If so, are they eligible for the various benefits programs provided for in state law? This simple question requires a case-by-case examination of eligible state-based benefits programs. 

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New Legal Requirements for Job Postings

Beginning January 1, 2023, public and private employers in Washington State with 15 or more employees are now required to include compensation and benefits information in job postings.

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2022 Legislative Updates to Personnel Laws — Salary and Leave

New legislation requires many employers to include wage and benefit information in all job postings and makes changes to the state's Paid Family and Medical Leave program.

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State Puts WA Cares on Hold for Now

With new legislation, the WA Cares long-term care insurance program (and the premiums employers were to collect from employees) has been put on hold. This blog looks at the steps local government employers should take at this time.

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An Update on the Long-Term Care Trust Act

As of January 2022, employees will begin paying into the state's long-term care insurance benefit, but local governments still have a lot of questions, such as how to handle premiums and program eligibility.

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Employee Bonuses and the COVID-19 Pandemic

This blog considers whether local governments may give bonuses to employees for working through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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President’s Memorandum on Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations

This blog post reviews a recent federal memorandum directing the U.S. Treasury to defer the withholding, deposit, and payment of Social Security taxes on wages and compensation paid during September 1 through December 31, 2020.

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More Employees Will Soon Be Eligible for Overtime Pay

There have been changes at both the federal and the state level to determine when workers are eligible for overtime pay. As a result, employers may find many more employees eligible for overtime once these changes go into effect. 

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Long-Term Care Trust Act Brings Services and Support to Washington Residents

The newly created Long-Term Care Trust Act will offer an employee-financed program to provide payment or partial payment for long-term services and support to qualified Washington residents who have paid into the program and need assistance. 

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HB 1696: Updating Washington’s Equal Pay and Opportunities Act

HB 1696 updates Washington’s existing Equal Pay and Opportunities Act by requiring more transparency on pay ranges and by prohibiting employers from asking for an applicant’s wage history.

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Year-End Personnel Topics Pop Quiz

Take a short quiz to test your memory of some common, personnel-related legal issues as well as new employment laws that came in to or remained in effect in 2017.

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Employee Recognition Programs

Acknowledging a job well done can be a powerful motivator for your employees. However, local governments must consider constitutional prohibitions against gifts to create employee recognition programs that won't run afoul of the law. 

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Meal and Rest Breaks for Public Employees

There continues to be much confusion regarding meal and rest period obligations for public sector employees. Public employers in Washington State are required to provide meal and rest breaks for non-exempt employees (i.e., overtime-eligible employees.) However, unlike the situation for private employers, public employers can also have agreements with unions...

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How Is Employee Travel Time Treated Under the 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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Employment Law Alert: Washington High Court Issues Important Decision on Rest Breaks and Overtime Pay

Are employees owed overtime pay if they work through rest periods that the employer is required by law to provide? The Washington Supreme Court’s decision in Wash. State Nurses Ass'n v. Sacred Heart Med. Ctr., 175 Wn.2d 822 (2012) addresses the issue.

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