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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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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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Financial Assistance and Relief During COVID-19

March 26, 2020

Businesses searching for relief from the financial impact of the Coronavirus should consult the following resources: The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to qualifying small businesses.  Congress has approved up to $7 billion in low-interest loans to small businesses impacted by COVID-19.  More information about loans available through SBA can be […]

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Maintaining Privacy & Confidentiality

March 26, 2020

The onslaught of individuals receiving testing and the quick spread of COVID-19, as well as constant media coverage of the virus, has made the pandemic a constant source of conversation both in our personal lives and at work. This naturally leads to conversations in both settings related to medical conditions – our own, those of […]

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Wage & Hour Issues During a Pandemic

March 26, 2020

The current global pandemic has all of us working in unchartered territory and working on creative solutions that allow us to continue to serve our customers and provide for our employees. As we work on solutions, it’s helpful to be aware of some common wage and hour issues: Scheduling options: Work flexible schedules and hours […]

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Benefits for Employees Affected by COVID-19

March 26, 2020

There are many employer-provided as well as state and federal benefits and protections provided to employees which may be used by affected workers. Benefits include: Sick Leave/Vacation/PTO: Employees may have accumulated sick leave, vacation or PTO that may be used to cover time away from work. Washington law allows for use of these benefits to […]

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WA Issues Employment Security Emergency Rules

March 26, 2020

Washington’s Emergency Rules In response to the overwhelming need for unemployment benefits as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Washington has enacted emergency rules to allow for faster access to benefits for affected workers. The emergency rules provide benefits for workers who otherwise would not have qualified. Examples include employees who are mildly ill […]

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Blacklisting Update for Contractors

March 7, 2017

As you may recall, back in October of 2016 the day before the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule “Blacklisting Regulation” was to go into effect a U.S. District Court Judge placed an injunction on the rule. A new development has occurred, the Senate voted yesterday to disapprove the Final Rule. What does this […]

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Platinum Membership Area Expanded

February 9, 2017

The team here at Associated Industries has exciting news to share. We have expanded our platinum membership area to cover all of Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Platinum membership includes: HR Support Line News & training alerts―e-newsletter HR health check Online HR library―forms, policies, posters, articles, & employee handbook sample Handbook compliance review Learning Library―online library […]

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Welcoming Our New Membership Director

February 6, 2017

Associated Industries is pleased to introduce their new membership director, Stefanie Howe. Stefanie’s role is to help small and mid-sized organizations, across multiple industries, and address employer related issues more effectively through the organization’s membership services and support. Prior to joining Associated Industries Stefanie held a sales leadership position with a global hospitality technology provider. […]

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