Nelson's Monday Musings 12/16/2019
December 16, 2019
While 2019 is indeed winding down, it doesn’t mean issues that we are tracking at the SWCA World Headquarters are showing any signs of slowing.
In fact, just the opposite.
As the New Year begins, there are a few issues you all should be aware of if you aren’t already. We’ll hit the highlights today and will follow up later this week with our issues newsletter, so keep an eye out for the details there.
- Aggregate Supply – The Clark County Surface Mining Advisory Committee Forum is set for Thursday, Dec. 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Clark County Public Service Center. If you can attend, this is an important meeting for the industry to represent itself at. Stay tuned for more support detail coming from SWCA.
- Minimum Wage – The state’s minimum wage increases to $13.50, effective January 1, 2020. But it’s different in a few communities across the state (Seattle $15 per hour; Tacoma $12.35 per hour; Spokane $15.64 per hour), so if you have hourly employees working in those jurisdictions, you’ll need to adjust accordingly. If you haven’t already made these adjustments, this is something you’ll need to pay attention to.
- Labor & Industries Overtime Rules – The State Department of Labor & Industries made significant change to the overtime rules for salaried employees last week. These changes will go into effect in June 2020 and start a clock that implements steep increases over the next six years.
- The 2020 Washington Legislative session opens on Monday, Jan. 13 in Olympia. Some items we’ll be tracking on this short session’s agenda include the government’s response to the passage of Initiative 976, independent contractor authorities and predictive scheduling legislation. Don’t be surprised, either, if the proposed state capital gains excise tax rears its ugly head again during the short session as well. Governor Inslee has made it clear he has no fiscal priority higher than that excise tax.
Finally…don’t forget that the SWCA Construction Executive Summit is coming up! The chance to earn up to six Continuing Education Credits is available to all construction executives – as well as up-and-coming executives – across Southwest Washington and the Greater Portland-Vancouver area. More information and the ability to get registered is available at www.swca.org/Summit. Early bird registration rates have been extended to December 31, 2019, so register now to save!
FYI: The SWCA World Headquarters will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25 for Christmas, and Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 for New Year’s Day.
With that, it is my wish for each of you that your holidays are filled with family time, joy and happiness. Season’s Greetings to each of you!