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January 3, 2019

STAY ON TOP OF WORKFORCE BILLS WITH LEGISLATIVE TRACKER

Follow workforce bills throughout the 2019 Legislative session. View bills our Workforce Board staff are tracking, along with presentations and materials at: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/LegislativeUpdates.asp

WASHINGTON’S MINIMUM WAGE CLIMBS TO $12 PER HOUR

The minimum wage in Washington has increased to $12 per hour, starting January 1, for workers age 16 and older. Under state law, tips do not count toward a worker’s minimum wage. Also, employers can pay workers under 16 years old 85 percent of the minimum wage. For 2019, that comes out to $10.20. When Initiative 1433 passed in 2016, it set a schedule for Washington’s minimum wage over a four-year period. In 2020, the state’s minimum wage will rise to $13.50. More details: https://bit.ly/2PQsBWA

SURVEY PROVIDES WASHINGTON NURSING WORKFORCE SNAPSHOT

A new report from the Washington Center for Nursing surveyed over 9,200 nurses from across the state and looked at career satisfaction, salary, and hours worked, among other items. The Nursing Center, in conjunction with the University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies, produced the report which focused on the supply of nurses and workforce demographics. The report also shed light on how nurses feel about their current roles and outlook for the future. The Workforce Board staffs the Health Workforce Council, which addresses current and projected shortages of Washington healthcare workers, including nurses. More: https://www.wcnursing.org/washington-states-registered-nurse-workforce-results-of-a-2018-survey/

ABLE PLAN HELPS THOSE WITH DISABILITIES SAVE, REMAIN ELIGIBLE FOR BENEFITS

The state’s Department of Commerce encourages those with disabilities and their families to start the New Year by opening a tax-advantaged Washington ABLE Savings Plan. The plan, which launched last summer in Washington, is part of a larger federal program that allows individuals with disabilities and their families to save for their everyday needs without losing their state or federal benefits. Qualified expenses include everything from employment and training support to housing, transportation, and assistive technology. More: https://www.washingtonstateable.com/

 

TEDxTACOMA VIDEOS FEATURING MILITARY TRANSITIONS NOW ONLINE

A TEDxTacoma event aimed at life transitions, including moving between the military and civilian world, was recorded and is now online. Modeled after the popular TED talks, where speakers tackle important topics during, short, powerful presentations, local TEDx talks focus on community issues. The event was held in November at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and included Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine. Lead sponsors were the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council and Workforce Central. Watch the videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CyOcr1Gizk&feature=youtu.be


 

 


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