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  • September 2018 — They may look like twins — paid sick leave vs. paid family and medical leave — how are they different; save the date! FREE Washington Small Biz Fair; SharedWork program still helping Washington businesses succeed; if you want to beat the crooks at their own game, read these helpful tips from the IRS; why an operating agreement is vital to your LLC's success; new Equal Pay and Opportunity Act effective June 7, 2018; understanding the new Fair Chance Act ("Ban-the-Box" law); and upcoming L&I workshops and training.
  • February 2018 — New year brings higher minimum wage and paid sick leave for Washington workers; did you receive the updated required workplace poster; cost of workers' compensation insurance dropped for many in 2018; new safety and health resource for hotel-motel industry; attention, employers! Learn how UW tackled workplace injuries and developed a safety culture; and free L&I training workshops for employers.
  • 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.

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