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Putting Policies and Procedures into Perspective

April 17, 2017

When organizations need to ensure workforce alignment, increase efficiencies or overcome an obstacle they often rely on new policies and procedures to achieve these goals. However, outlining policies and procedures is only half the battle. To thrive, an organization must work to guarantee all team members, from upper management to the front lines, are trained […]

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Blacklisting Update for Contractors

March 7, 2017

As you may recall, back in October of 2016 the day before the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule “Blacklisting Regulation” was to go into effect a U.S. District Court Judge placed an injunction on the rule. A new development has occurred, the Senate voted yesterday to disapprove the Final Rule. What does this […]

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Additional Leave May Be A Reasonable Accommodation

February 10, 2017

When managing an employee with a medical condition, the issues regularly implicate the FMLA or ADA – or both. It is critical that employers understand that even though an employee’s FMLA leave may have expired, the circumstances may require employers to consider an additional period of unpaid leave as a reasonable accommodation for an employee’s condition under […]

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Platinum Membership Area Expanded

February 9, 2017

The team here at Associated Industries has exciting news to share. We have expanded our platinum membership area to cover all of Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Platinum membership includes: HR Support Line News & training alerts―e-newsletter HR health check Online HR library―forms, policies, posters, articles, & employee handbook sample Handbook compliance review Learning Library―online library […]

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Welcoming Our New Membership Director

February 6, 2017

Associated Industries is pleased to introduce their new membership director, Stefanie Howe. Stefanie’s role is to help small and mid-sized organizations, across multiple industries, and address employer related issues more effectively through the organization’s membership services and support. Prior to joining Associated Industries Stefanie held a sales leadership position with a global hospitality technology provider. […]

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New Fall Protection Standards Issued by OSHA

December 7, 2016

On November 17, 2016, OSHA issued a final rule that updates the standards on walking-working surfaces to prevent and reduce workplace slips, trips, and falls. More commonly referred to as fall protection. The new rule addresses many areas including the requirements for personal fall protection systems, training on fall hazards, and use of personal fall protection systems. […]

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BECU Partners in Funding the Bright Promise Scholarship Program

November 29, 2016

BECU has joined Associated Industries and Regence BlueShield/Asuris NW Health in funding half-tuition scholarships for students at Eastern Washington University and the Community Colleges of Spokane for the 2017/2018 school year through the Bright Promise Scholarship Program. “The addition of BECU to the contributors for the 2017/2018 scholarships from Bright Promise is going to give […]

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2016 Inland Northwest Compensation Survey is Open

August 11, 2016

Having a competitive compensation package can be key to bringing in and retaining the top talent you want on your team. Establishing how you compare to other employers in your area is the best way to make sure your salaries and benefits measure up to the job market. An easy way to get the data […]

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ADA Wellness Notice Sample from the EEOC

July 6, 2016

Employers offering a wellness program are required to provide employees with a notice informing them of what information connected to the wellness plan will be collected by their employer, how that information will be used, who will receive that data, and how the employer plans to keep that personal information confidential. This requirement has to […]

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