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  • September 2017 — Mandatory paid sick leave for employees in Washington just around the corner; save the date! FREE Washington Small Biz Fair; check out the FREE Employers' Intro to L&I workshop; and FREE contractor training days are here!
  • May 2017 — Six things to ask the seller for when buying a business; how do you connect to L&I, we'd like to know; understanding employee breaks; new smartphone apps helps reinforce workplace safety, train teen workers; save lives AND money top 10 violations; what is a "Model Disclosure Statement" and do I have to use it; required workplace posters are FREE from L&I — don't fall for the scam; and check out the FREE Employers' Intro to L&I workshop.
  • January 2017 — Minimum wage climbing to $11 in 2017, sick leave starting in 2018; top 5 contractor mistakes that can cost your business; more businesses earn L&I's claim-free discount on workers' compensation rates; coffee stand owner dies when propane leak causes fire; new L&I phone improvements to help employers; check out the FREE ScaleUp program to grow your business; everything you want to know about government contracting; and free biz and labor conference hosted by The Everett Clinic and Group Health Centers for Occupational Health & Education (COHE).
  • October 2016 — L&I proposed rate increase for workers comp premiums in 2017; 2017 minimum wage increases to $9.53 per hour; new federal overtime rules go into effect December 1, 2016; why an operating agreement is vital to your LLC's success; and upcoming L&I workshops for businesses.
  • August 2016 — Save the date! FREE Washington Small Biz Fair; new small business liaison with L&I claims background; new L&I rules about workers' compensation coverage for volunteers; staying updated on L&I rule or requirement changes; check out the FREE Employers' Intro to L&I workshop; calling all employers in Everett and surrounding area; and contractor training days are here.
  • June 2016 — Claims 101: Keep calm and know your rights and the 2016 Business Partnership Forum.
  • March 2016 — My L&I: Employers get an online upgrade on Feb. 11; employees the secret ingredient to success; important changes to "wage and hour" laws for 2016; 3 simple ways to create a culture of safety at your business; Shared Work Program still helping Washington businesses succeed; 5 New Year's resolutions for your business; and L&I calendar of upcoming training and workshops.
  • October 2015 — New liaison from small business and non-profit background; L&I proposes 2 percent average increase in workers' comp rates for 2016; changes in the credit cards industry will affect your small business; no increase to Washington state's minimum wage in 2016; new required Job Safety and Health Poster coming from L&I; 2-Step Verification coming to better secure online information; and L&I calendar of upcoming training and workshops.
  • September 2015 — Special Edition.
  • June 2015 — You may have hazardous chemicals at your workplace and not even know it; 3 ways you can prevent identity crooks from damaging your business; don't do this at work; how the Employment Security Department can benefit your business; 4 suggestions for business owners regarding the laws administered by L&I; and L&I calendar of upcoming training and workshops.
  • February 2015 — Why an operating agreement is vital to your LLC's success; check to see if you're still reporting your workers' comp correctly; state program helps business owners hire and pay for trainees; get a grant to create your return-to-work program; don't do this at work; a state requirement a lot of employers don't know about; this business scam could cost you $125; and L&I calendar of upcoming training and workshops.

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