This past Monday, January 9th kicked off the 2017 session of the Washington State Legislature, and now in this first week it's time once again to preview what big picture issues are coming in Olympia, and where policy related to workers' compensation and workplace safety might in.
Big Picture Issues
According to Governor Jay Inslee and leaders from both the state House and Senate at a preview forum on the eve of session, the top issue before the Legislature this year is public school funding and a battle over the amount of tax revenue necessary to meet court-mandated funding goals.
Depending whether you tally it in the short term or longer term, Governor Inslee is proposing four to eight billion dollars in new taxes to fund increases in education spending over the next four to eight years, a new tax burden that falls predominately on the business community and investors, through increased Business & Occupations taxes on certain sectors, elimination of preferential rates for other sectors, a ...
November not seasonally adjusted (NSA) construction unemployment rates were down in 38 states and the nation on a year-over-year basis, according to analysis released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The rates for two states, Kansas and Texas, were unchanged from November 2015. The national NSA construction unemployment rate of 5.7 percent was down 0.5 percent from a year ago and unchanged from October, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
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WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 29—October not seasonally adjusted (NSA) construction unemployment rates were down in 33 states and the nation on a year-over-year basis, according to analysis released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The national NSA construction unemployment rate of 5.7 percent was down 0.5 percent from a year ago, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
On May 18, the DOL released the final overtime rule, which will change federal exemptions to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for administrative, executive and professional employees, the so-called "white collar" worker classifications that have long been exempt from time-and-one-half pay for working more than 40 hours per week. The DOL's final rule will affect both public and private work by all employers that are covered under the FLSA. Specifically, the rule doubles the current minimum standard salary level for exemption from $23,660 to $47,476 annually. It also increases the highly compensated employees (HCE) to an annual compensation of $134,000. DOL made no changes to the standard duties test.
Please join the IPC-ABC Staff in congratulating Talia Brestar, Membership Coordinator, for being elected to serve as the 2015-2016 Vice President of the Spokane Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).
First, we work with your company to develop safety programs and policies that prevent accidents and keep your employees safe. However; when the unfortunate accident does happen, we work immediately and tirelessly to manage the claim, ensure that your injured worker receives appropriate care, and that we get them back to work as quickly as possible. What makes ABC’s professional claims management services different is we are located in Spokane/Eastern Washington .
Each year ABC members have the opportunity to participate in IPC-ABC Wall of Fame contest. Members who recruit a new member into the ABC association throughout the year get their name and company name displayed for the entire 2015 year in the ABC Office for everyone to see.
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This seminar will be presented in three separate parts. Greg Rodriguez, Vice President of Member and Safety Services will cover safety in the workplace and accident prevention. When accidents occur in the work place, work stops! When work stops, it costs productivity and money. If the accident results in an injury, now we have an injury claim that directly impacts the cost of Workers’ Comp Insurance Rates. By avoiding accidents and injuries in the workplace, companies save money!