2017 Washington Dairy Conference scheduled for Nov. 6-7 in Yakima

The 2017 dairy industry annual meeting will be held Nov. 6-7 at the Yakima Convention Center.

General Information

Regular Attendee Registration

Sponsor/Exhibitor Registration

If you prefer to send a check, the registration forms are here:

Please contact Darcel Nootenboom if you have any questions.

New Form I-9 Required Starting September 18, 2017

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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a revised version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Employers will be required to use the new version of the form (dated 07/17/17) starting September 18, 2017. The new form applies to new hires only. Employers should not complete new Forms I-9 for current employees. Employers must continue following existing storage and retention rules for any previously completed Form I-9.

The fillable PDF version of the new Form I-9 can be found here.

The paper version of the new Form I-9 can be found here.

Supplemental I-9 materials from USCIS are available here:

The new form contains the following revisions:

  • The name of the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices was changed to its new name, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section.
  • USCIS removed “the end of” from the phrase “the first day of employment.”
  • USCIS added the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) to List C. Employers completing Form I-9 on a computer will be able to select Form FS-240 from the drop-down menus available in List C of Sections 2 and 3. E-Verify users will also be able to select Form FS-240 when creating a case for an employee who has presented this document for Form I-9.
  • All the certifications of report of birth issued by the Department of State (Form FS-545, Form DS-1350, and Form FS-240) have been combined into selection C #2 in List C.
  • All List C documents except the Social Security card have been renumbered.

These changes are included in a newly revised Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274). The new version of the M-274 can be found here.

Given the increased attention on I-9s and enforcement of immigration-related laws in recent years, employers should be particularly careful when filling out, handling, and storing I-9s. Annual internal Form I-9 audits and periodic third party I-9 audits by qualified professionals are recommended. Mistakes discovered during an audit can and should be corrected.

Overview of SSB 5975 – Paid Family and Medical Leave

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Background: Following prolonged discussions between the business community and worker advocates, the Legislature in 2017 amended the state’s family and medical leave insurance program. That program was first passed in 2007 but never funded. The issue of paid family leave continued to poll extremely well across all demographics statewide. Legislators believed failure to find a legislative solution in 2017 would likely result in a statewide initiative backed by organized labor and likeminded social groups.

Bill Summary: SSB 5975 made substantial policy changes to the state family and medical leave insurance program and provided a funding mechanism. The chart below summarizes many of the provisions of SSB 5975. Continue reading Overview of SSB 5975 – Paid Family and Medical Leave