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Retail’s future still rests on the customer experience

By Renée Sunde, President/CEO A hundred years ago there was Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, and Bloomingdales, to name only a few well-known clothiers.  The focus then was about merchandising and marketing, but it was founded on personal relationships and...

WRA opposes independent contractor bills that miss the target

By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs  Two independent contractor misclassification bills have been introduced and heard before the legislature this week.  House Bill 1300, prime sponsored by Representative Marcus Riccelli (D) and Senate Bill...

Meeting upcoming on paid family leave

By Tammie Hetrick, Chief Operating Officer Employment Security will be conducting a public meeting on February 2 to explain its plans for the start of statewide paid family leave benefits. The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the Employment Security Conference...

Seattle updates some of its labor laws

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards has issued updates to some of its labor laws that are effective this week. The updates pertain to the paid sick and safe leave policy and the ordinance regulating employee scheduling for larger stores. The city previously issued...

WRA begins work on bills for 2018 session

WRA has begun testifying and monitoring bills that have been introduced in this, the second week of the nine-week, 60-day 2018 state Legislative Session. Lawmakers are scheduled for adjournment on March 8. Last week, Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee called on legislators to...
Lens tracks bills of general interest to business

Lens tracks bills of general interest to business

Besides WRA, the Business Institute of Washington is tracking bills of importance to business from the 2018 legislative session in its online publication, Lens. The current edition includes updates of bills on job creation, transit, taxes and a running debate on rural...