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. Continue reading New Form I-9 Required Starting September 18, 2017

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