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Significant 2017 NEC & WAC 296-46B Changes

The latest Special Edition of the Washington State Department of Labor & Industires "Electrical Currents" newsletter detailed some of the significant changes in the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC®) and WAC 296-246B Electrical Safety Standards, Administration and Installation electrical rules. the department adopted revisions to WAC 296-46B, including adoption of the 2017 NEC® with an effective date of July 1, 2017. Installations made under any electrical permit purchased on or after July 1, 2017 are subject to the new requirements. The recent rulemaking process was necessary to align the previous July 2014 WAC 296-46B (based on the 2014NEC®) with the 2017 NEC®. The department adopted very few amendments to the NEC®. The newsletter does not cover all changes and is meant to assist affected companies in becoming aware of some of the significant changes. The explanations vary from the actual code language, and it is recommended you refer to the full revision that will soon be availa ...

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WSIA's 2017 Legislative Preview

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 ...

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Overtime Rule Goes Into Effect Dec. 1

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.

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Mayor Condon’s Actions on Apprenticeship Ordinance Disappointing – Editorial Comment by ABC President Kate McCaslin

After the Spokane City Council passed a new apprenticeship quota ordinance several weeks ago by a vote of 5 to 2, the coalition opposing the ordinance, (led by ABC and AGC), was hopeful that Mayor Condon would veto the ordinance.  While his veto most certainly would have been over-ridden by the extremely liberal City Council majority, his veto message could have reinforced the fact that this burdensome new regulation would do nothing for training and apprenticeship, but would most certainly have raised the cost of construction for City taxpayers.

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Washington Ballots are Out – Here are ABC’s endorsements

Washington voters are receiving their ballots even as this is written.  Here are the races in which ABC has made endorsements or recommendations, please note that ABC has not taken a position on all candidates or races.  For more information contact ABC President Kate McCaslin, 509-534-0826

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