We had several presentations that supported the committee’s values of Leadership, Integrity, Fostering growth, Empowerment, Well-being, and Advocacy. The following is a short summary of the presentations of our distinguished guests.
As always, you can view the meeting minutes and supporting materials on our meetings page.
Director of the Washington State Women’s Commission Michelle Gonzalez gave a brief update on priorities of its three committees. These include:
a centennial celebration in collaboration with the Washington Historical Society to mark making the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote.
sexual harassment and gender based violent
Gonzalez also gave a tour of the commission’s website.
Debbie Baker from the Department of Revenue gave an overview of the Paid Family Medical Leave Act. Contributions from employers and employees will start in 2019 for employee use in 2020.
Cheri Randich from the Legislative Information Center gave an overview of the state legislative website, which included tutorials on how to find bill histories and reports.
Eileen Yoshina from the Puget Sound Education Service District gave tips on how to promote racial equity in the workplace and other areas. Yoshina said not to get discouraged if progress seems slow. She noted there are no “quick fixes” to race and race relations, but it’s important to stay engaged in the conversation.
Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler also talked about health care reform in Washington state.
Commissioner Kriedler is on our agenda for the November 20 membership meeting.
The commissioner plans to talk about the Affordable Care Act, its impact on the nation and particularly our state, along with recent and upcoming challenges. He’ll also note some rules his office is proposing on the reproductive parity act the Legislature approved this year and mention his fourth attempt to get his legislation on surprise medical bills passed.
Don’t forget to RSVP on EventBrite the deadline is tomorrow, 11/16.
U.S. Department of Labor Awards $1.9 Million to Improve Apprenticeship Opportunities for Youth and Adults with Disabilities
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) today announced the award of a $1.9 million contract to develop pilot projects focused on apprenticeship opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities in high-growth industries.
ODEP awarded a two-year contract to Social Policy Research Associates Inc. (SPRA) of Oakland, California, to research, develop, test, and evaluate innovative strategies in existing apprenticeship programs that provide skills training to people with disabilities. Efforts will specifically focus on quality pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship pilots in high-growth industries such as information technology, healthcare, and emerging sectors. SPRA will document and share best practices so that other apprenticeship efforts may replicate promising approaches.
“Apprenticeships are a proven strategy for connecting job creators with motivated, highly skilled workers, yet people with disabilities are disproportionately underrepresented in apprenticeship programs and in the workforce at large,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Jennifer Sheehy. “This project will help us determine ways to ensure people with disabilities acquire the skills and credentials needed to obtain an in-demand position in a high-growth business or industry, where jobs pay family sustaining wages.”
ODEP works to increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities by developing and influencing policies and practices. For more information on ODEP and this contract award, visit https://www.dol.gov/odep/.
Federal Proposed Legislation: H.R. 5845 – 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Official Title as Introduced: No Couches for Congress Act
This bill amends the Rules of the House of Representatives to: (1) prohibit Members of the House from using congressional offices or official House resources for personal overnight accommodations, and (2) require the House Committee on Ethics to respond to complaints filed by Members of the House.
The bill also amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow Members of the House a deduction of up to $3,000 for living expenses with an adjustment for inflation after 2018
Federal Proposed Legislation: S. 33147 – 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Official Title as Introduced: Census Equality Act
This bill aims to modify the federal data collection by requiring the collection of information on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) in decennial census and the American Community Survey (ACS).
Employment Security Department wants your involvement on:
PAID FAMILY & MEDICAL LEAVE: PHASE 2 RULE MAKING
The Paid Family and Medical Leave Program has filed proposed rules (form CR-102) for Phase Two of the rule making process. Phase Two proposed rules cover employer responsibilities, penalties, and small business assistance.
Submit a public comment. Comments can be submitted through our online portal or by attending and commenting at either of the public hearings in October. Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. October 29, at which time the comment period on this phase of rules will close.