Archbright™ Insights October 2014


AUGUST 2014 Newsletter

OCTOBER | 2014 Newsletter

Archbright Leaders Help Shape the Implementation of Seattle’s New MinimumWage Law Archbright’s Kellis Borek, Director of Labor and Employment, and Jo Powers, Director of HR Strategies and Practices, were invited by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray earlier this year to participate as a voice for employers in his Labor Standards Advisory Group. The group collaborated during the past six months to determine how the city can most effectively implement and manage Seattle’s New Minimum Wage Law, which takes effect April 1, 2015. “As one of six business stakeholders on the Advisory Group, we advocated for education and training over penalties for first time offenders,” said Borek. “In my experience, employer and employee training are essential for preventing labor or employment issues.” Four recommendations were presented to the Mayor on September 18, 2014 and presented to the City Council on September 22nd: 1. A “one-stop-shop” for all four labor standard ordinances housed in the City of Seattle Office of Civil Rights. 2. Consistently structured training programs for employees and employers in the form of online, phone, and in person education and outreach. 3. Partnerships with culturally competent organizations trusted by employers and employees to deliver such education and outreach. 4. First year complaints should be remedied by making an employee whole for any lost wages and follow up education with the offending employer. These recommendations were vital in shaping the mayor’s Office of Labor Standards proposal, which includes an expanded proactive effort to educate workers and businesses on the law, as well as a centralized approach to investigate and enforce not only the City’s higher minimum wage, but also paid sick leave, and other worker protections. Stay tuned with Archbright™ for more guidance and information as the City now takes on much anticipated rule making for the ordinance.

What’s Inside

HR Advice & Counsel • EEOC targets Washington grower, Texas pharmacy for pregnancy discrimination • Washington’s MinimumWage will Increase 1.59% in 2015 • Washington Healthplanfinder Offers Small Employers Plan in 2015 • Seattle $15 MinimumWage: Solving for Salary Compression Learning & Development • October and November Training Calendars Organization Consulting • Professional Development: Let’s Talk About It • Holidays and Dialogue Safety and Loss Control • L&I Proposes 1.8% increase for 2015 Workers’ Compensation Premiums • DOSH Proposes Rule Changes on Serious Citation Penalties

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