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Cheri Dudek-Kuhn | Will fear stop you from achieving your goals in 2019?

Welcome to the New Year! This is the time many choose to take stock in their lives and careers and proclaim changes for the coming year. What will you do (or do better) in 2019? A new career? Seek a promotion? Start a new hobby? Most New Year resolutions never come to fruition. Why is that? When we try to take on challenges, there can be trepidation. This trepidation is often rooted in fear. This is a good time to ask yourself: Will fear interfere with my resolutions?

Erin McCool | L&I proposing updated rules regarding minimum wage requirements for salaried employees

Here we go again. Two years after the attempted modification of the federal “white collar” exempt overtime rules stalled in the federal courts, the Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) is taking it upon itself to propose updated rules regarding minimum wage requirements for salaried employees at the state level. Under the proposed changes, some employers may have to provide overtime pay, minimum wages and paid sick leave to employees previously classified as “exempt” under the rules defining Executive, Administrative, and Professional (“EAP”) exemptions.

Tim Dilley | What you need to know about the 2018 Tax Law

The tax reform legislation that Congress approved in December 2017 was the largest change to the tax system in more than three decades. The last time the U.S. tax code saw such a significant reform was under President Ronald Reagan in 1986. Under this new legislation, substantial changes have been made to both individual and corporate tax rates.

Kay Phillips | Year-end charitable gifting

The end of the year will be here soon. It is now time to start thinking about the year-end charitable contributions made during the holiday season.
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Cheri Dudek-Kuhn | Do you have the right people in the right seat?

Many of you reading this are familiar with the term "Right People Right Seat" (popularized by Jim Collins in his book "Good to Great"). And I think it is safe to assume you, like the rest of us, want to have all the Right People in the Right Seat on your Organization’s “bus.” Great! Sounds simple enough. But how do you know when you have all the Right People Right Seat (RPRS)? You wonder, “How can I quantify that information?”

Gil Sparks | Meal periods are important

Over the past several years, Washington courts have consistently reinforced the importance of ensuring employees receive the appropriate meal and rest breaks.