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Government Affairs

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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Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 38 States Year-Over-Year, ABC Says

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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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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U.S. Department of Labor's Final Persuader Rule

On March 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule that will drastically redefine “persuader” activity under Section 203 of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA). The final rule is scheduled to take effect on April 25, 2016 and applies to arrangements, agreements, and payments made on or after July 1, 2016. The final persuader rule is likely to be challenged in Congress and the courts.

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Support LaVerne Biel for Spokane City Council

The Inland Pacific Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (IPC-ABC) enthusiastically endorses and supports LaVerne Biel’s candidacy for Spokane City Council District 2. LaVerne is a long time member of IPC- ABC. She served as Chairman of the IPC-ABC Board of Directors in 2003 and currently serves as a committee member of the IPC-ABC Training Trust. 


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Ballots are Dropping

Check your mailboxes! Ballots have begun to drop for the August 4th Primary. Please exercise your right to participate in this election.

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Cathy McMorris Rodgers Pink Flamingo Pary

ABC would like to invite you to sit at our table at the upcoming Pink Flamingo Barbeque for Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Cathy is having the special guest speaker Congressman Jason Chaffetz at the event. Congressman Chaffetz is the chairman of the House Committee on oversight and Government Reform.

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2015 ABC Legislative Conference

More than 400 ABC members went to Capitol Hill June 23-26 for ABC's 2015 Legislative Conference. The week was kicked off with the first annual Diversity & Inclusion Summit, which featured a lively discussion about supplier diversity within the construction industry. The event also included a Legislative Breakfast, which featured a panel discussion on key issues facing the industry and a day on the Hill where ABC members had the chance to meet with their representatives in the House and the Senate. 

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