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Olympia councilmember proposes $15 minimum wage, paid sick leave

Olympia City Councilmember Jim Cooper, who proposed a major worker rights ordinance today, wants to transform the way businesses treat their employees.

October 2015

TrueBlue sees strong growth for first time in 2015

TrueBlue, a nationwide staffing agency headquartered in Tacoma, announced strong financial results for the third quarter today.

October 2015

Tacoma chamber endorses $12 minimum wage

As expected, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber officially endorsed the "$12 for Tacoma" campaign in support of Measure 1B, which would phase in a $12 minimum wage over two years.

October 2015

Deadline coming up in Tacoma to apply for paid leave alternative

For employers looking to forgo Tacoma's new Paid Leave Ordinance, which goes into effect Feb. 1 of 2016, the deadline for the Premium Pay Program is coming up.

October 2015

State minimum wage to stay stagnant in 2016

Washington state's minimum wage will stay at $9.47 per hour in 2016, as the national Consumer Price Index did not increase.

September 2015
Mason County to get help with economic development

Mason County to get help with economic development

The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) has approved $50,000 for an economic development feasibility study in Mason County, targeting growth and job creation.

September 2015

Tacoma to host information sessions on paid sick leave

Employers will get the chance to learn more about Tacoma's new paid sick leave ordinance at two employer information sessions in October.

September 2015

State to crack down on employee misclassification

Yesterday, the United States Department of Labor awarded Washington $415,935 as part of $10 million in state grants, which will be used to audit employers and identify misclassified employees.

September 2015

Tacoma business owners launch $12 For Tacoma campaign

A pair of small business owners are officially launching a campaign to pass the proposed $12 minimum wage in Tacoma.

September 2015

Unemployment stays steady for third straight month

In August, the unemployment rate in Washington stayed at 5.3 percent for the third month in a row, compared to 6.2 percent in August of 2014.

September 2015
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