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Preparing for Open Enrollment

October 1, 2020

As the fourth quarter looms right around the corner, it is never to early to start thinking about your company’s Open Enrollment period. Your first task should be to think about budgeting. It is rare for a company’s premiums to go down and it is almost guaranteed you will see an increase in premiums and […]

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Coronavirus & the Workplace

September 1, 2020

The novel Coronavirus now called COVID-19, unheard of more than 10 weeks ago has now been declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a pandemic. On February 29, 2020, the Washington state governor declared a state of emergency in response to the continued diagnosis of COVID-19 cases in the state and has restricted […]

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Pronoun Primer for the Workplace

August 3, 2020

Discussions about pronoun use in the workplace are on the rise, right along with sticky interpersonal interactions to accompany those conversations – and potential liability. Given the current world environment, from COVID-19, racial conversations, and an upcoming presidential election, emotions and stress are running high across the board and conversation intensity is heating up. With […]

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Associated Industries Launches New Service

June 18, 2020

By Virginia Thomas virginiat@spokanejournal.com LeaveAdmin to help employers, HR pros Spokane-based employer consulting and legal services group Associated Industries has launched a new leave management service for its members. The organization has been developing LeaveAdmin for about a year, says Katie Bechtol, LeaveAdmin service lead and Associated Industries senior human resources adviser. Leave management isn’t […]

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Associated Industries Announces New Leave Management Solution, LeaveAdmin

June 10, 2020

LeaveAdmin offers employers an efficient and cost-effective alternative to managing complex Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) and other leaves of absence Associated Industries, an employer association, and HR/Legal services organization, announces the launch of LeaveAdmin, a comprehensive absence management service backed by market-leading software and experienced human resource professionals.  The association currently offers FLMA guidance and […]

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Internships in a COVID-19 World

June 2, 2020

With the world fighting to overcome the effects of COVID-19 and the significant job loss that has followed, employers everywhere are evaluating how their hiring efforts will be impacted. In addition to the effect on essential hiring, the pandemic has put a stop to most nonessential hiring, including internships. Many spring internships have ended abruptly, […]

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What to do if employees don’t want to return to work

June 1, 2020

With various governors laying out their plans allowing businesses to reopen, many employers are looking toward bringing back employees who may have been furloughed and opening their businesses to the public. A question that many employers have been asking is: What if my employees do not want to return to work because they are nervous […]

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COVID-19 & Paid Leave Benefits

March 31, 2020

The events and legislation surrounding COVID-19 and the trickle-down effects are occurring at a pace, unlike anything we have seen in modern times. Congress has been working at breakneck speed to draft legislation aimed at blunting the effects on employees and employers alike. On April 1, 2020, HR 6201, also known as the Families First […]

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Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order

March 26, 2020

As many of you are already aware, on Monday, March 23rd Governor Inslee issued a “Stay Home Stay Healthy Order”, ordering all non-essential Washington businesses to close for two weeks. Businesses are encouraged to do so immediately but must be done no later than 48 hours from the address. While we are still awaiting definitions from […]

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