November Meeting Recap

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Michelle Gonzalez

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.
  • economic opportunity
  • 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.

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Debbie Baker

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.

Eileen Yoshina

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler also talked about health care reform in Washington state.

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Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler


November Meeting Minutes

November 20, 2018 Meeting Minutes Adobe PDF Document

Presenter handouts

Cheri Randich “Navigating the Legislative Website”: CR Navigating the Legislative Website  Adobe PDF Document

Eileen Yoshina “Diversity & Inclusion”: Leading with Racial Equity Adobe PDF Document , Video: NY Times “Race Class white and black men”, Podcasts: The Daily “Race class men”

Annie Barrett “Healthy Eating through the Holidays”: Healthy Eating for the Holidays Adobe PDF Document , Self Care for the Holidays Adobe PDF Document

Elevator Speech Adobe PDF Document

Commissioner Kreidler on agenda for November meeting

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.

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Friday Legislation Update

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.”

Today’s announcement grows out of President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order on Expanding Apprenticeship in America, which calls for increasing the number of apprentices in the U.S. across all industries.

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

Agency: Office of Disability Employment Policy

Date: October 11, 2018

Release Number: 18-1620-NAT

Contact: Bennett Gamble

Phone Number: 202-693-4667



Legislation Update

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

Get informed

And then Let Your Voice be Heard: Go to My Vote and contact your representatives.


Legislation Update

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).

Get informed

And then Let Your Voice be Heard: Go to My Vote and contact your representatives.

2018 Conference Handouts and Survey

Thank you for attending the ICSEW Professional Development Conference.  Handouts and resources from the presenters have been uploaded to the ICSEW website.

Please take a few minutes to complete our 10 question survey by October 12th. Your feedback will be used to plan next year’s conference.

We invite you to attend our next meeting on Tuesday, November 20th, 8:00am-3:00pm, at WSDOT Materials Lab 1655 S. 2nd Avenue, Tumwater, WA 98512.

Employment Security Department wants your involvement

Employment Security Department wants your involvement on:


 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.

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