Employment Policy

Taking vetoes into account, the budget doesn’t balance over four years (plus, a note on minimum wage disemployment effects)

The Legislature passed a 2017–19 operating budget that balanced over four years; an outlook prepared for the compromise indicated unrestricted ending fund balances of $985 million in 2017–19 and $42 million in 2019–21.

Paid sick leave rulemaking is ongoing

Earlier this month, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) released draft proposed rules for I-1433.

Policy issues on the Seattle horizon

Earlier this week the Seattle City Council approved its 2017 work program (via Seattle City Council Insight). Although details are scant, the program provides some idea of the issues councilmembers want to work on this year. Much of the program is carried over from last year, but there are several new items of interest.

Washington’s union membership increase driven by public sector

Union membership in Washington increased in 2016, as Opportunity Washington noted a few weeks ago. Professors Barry Hirsch of Georgia State University and David Macpherson of Trinity University have since updated their data, which includes a break out of public sector and private sector unionization rates by state.

Roundup of Seattle business climate issues

Several policies impacting Seattle’s business climate have been in the news recently.

Side-by-side comparison of paid family leave bills

Two paid family leave bills have been introduced so far this session: SB 5032 (and the identical HB 1116) and SB 5149. Lens has a good story on the issue.

Roundup of year-end agency news

A number of agency announcements have made my inbox over the last month:

Results from the federally-funded research on paid family leave in WA

Last week Gov. Inslee’s office released some research on paid family leave.

Labor policy reprieves, in Seattle and the nation

Some updates from the past week on the status of the federal overtime rule and funding for Seattle’s Office of Labor Standards (OLS):

Will the new federal overtime rule survive the change in administration?

The Skagit Valley Herald has a story about how the new federal overtime rule will affect employers and employees in Skagit County. The salary threshold that determines which employees are eligible for overtime will about double to $47,476 on Dec. 1.

What will happen to the rule given the results of the presidential election? The story quotes Mount Vernon attorney Kimberly Geariety:

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