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We are the premier provider for education and training regarding state/federal labor and employment compliance, as well as many other industry specific labor issues and relevant topics.  We conduct our training via: webinars; offsite/onsite; annual conferences - Workforce Summit (Mid January) and Labor Conference (Mid February).

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Please email Kim Bresler with training topic requests.

Upcoming events

    • July 21, 2015
    • 11:00 AM
    • August 04, 2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • Your Computer


             WEBINAR SERIES

    Summer Sizzle Hot Topics

    Purchase series or register individually.
    $90 entire series or $50 ea.
    Recordings\handouts will be forwarded to all registrants regardless of live attendance.

    11 am to Noon
    Your Computer

    TUES | JULY 21 

    New Temporary Worker Housing Rules

    The Washington Department of Health and Department of Labor and Industries have just issued new standards for Temporary Worker Housing. Some rules go into effect mid-July, the majority January 2016, and some have been delayed to 2017 and 2019 to give you more time to prepare. At this webinar we will review the temporary worker housing basics as well as give you a brief overview of the changes. You will also receive valuable compliance handouts such as a visual timeline of events and steps for acquiring/renewing housing, a written overview and summary of the rule changes, a template camp management plan, and much more.

    TUES | JULY 28 

    Employing Minors in Agriculture

    We have been experiencing a high volume of questions through HRAnswers about pay and break requirements for minors. At this webinar we will cover: requirements for employing minors, work hours, meals and rest breaks, variance to regulations, and much more! You will receive valuable handouts, current forms and get your questions answered by our presenters.

    TUES | AUG 4

    ACA Update

    Join us for an update on the Affordable Care Act. You will receive a brief update on the recent Supreme Court decision, 2015 tax reporting forms 1094/1095, as well as the looming 50+ (ALE) mandate that goes into effect January 2016 and solutions that may work for you.

    Make sure you are in full compliance!
    Attend this series!

    • July 30, 2015
    • 11:00 AM
    • August 06, 2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • Your Computer
    WEBINAR SERIES

    Piece Rate Ruling Guidance
    Registrations will not be accepted after 10:30 for live participation the day of the webinar. However, you WILL receive the recording to view at your leisure.

    FREE - wafla Members 
    Thursdays
     July 30 & August 6 
    Your Computer  
    11 a.m. to Noon 
    Recording\handouts will be forwarded to all registrants regardless of live attendance.

    On July 16, 2015 the Washington state Supreme Court ruled that employers of agricultural workers who pay workers by piece rate must provide extra pay for rest breaks, thus judicially rewriting a regulation which states that piece rate earnings should be included when determining whether workers qualify for extra pay.

    Top employment law firms JDSA and Stokes Lawrence will provide the same guidance they are now sharing with their clients to wafla members.

    Thursday, July 30
    Kristin M. Ferrera


     Thursday, August 6

           Be in complianceAttend this webinar!

    • August 04, 2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Your Computer


             WEBINAR

    Summer Sizzle Hot Topics

    Purchase individually or register for series.
    $90 entire series or $50 ea.
    Recording\handouts will be forwarded to all registrants regardless of live attendance.

    11 am to Noon
    Your Computer

    TUES | AUG 4

    ACA Update

    Join us for an update on the Affordable Care Act. You will receive a brief update on the recent Supreme Court decision, 2015 tax reporting forms 1094/1095, as well as the looming 50+ (ALE) mandate that goes into effect January 2016 and solutions that may work for you.


    Make sure you are in full compliance!
    Attend this webinar!

    • August 11, 2015
    • 11:00 AM
    • August 18, 2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • Your Computer
    WEBINAR SERIES

    H-2A Mid-Season Strategies

    FREE - wafla Members
    Tuesdays
    August 11 & 18
    Your Computer  
    11 a.m. to Noon 

    Recording\handouts will be forwarded to all registrants regardless of live attendance.

    TUES | AUG 11 

    Inspections and Visits and Audits, oh my! 

    Employers who enroll in the H-2A program are subject to several other procedures and inspections. The good news – the inspections are pretty basic, and wafla has tools to help you cope. We will share valuable information and answers to the following:

    • Legal Services and other NGOs. What are their rights to enter your property?
    • Oregon and Washington field visits. What is the purpose of this program? Can you legally refuse access to workers in the field? Should you?
    • DOL Investigations – good news! Wafla members should no longer fear DOL investigations, and we will share the good news here.
    • Wafla audits. Wafla offers a comprehensive self-audit service. Learn the importance of why you should sign up for one!
    • Inspect your worker housing every day. We will share simple ideas for you to implement that will insulate you from noncompliance.

    TUES | AUG 18 

    Continual Improvement - The Survey and Other Changes

    The new H-2A regulation went into effect in 2011 for most employers, and despite some changes in agency policies, things are improving. The Employment Security Department's Prevailing Practices Survey, arriving soon to your mailbox, could force major changes to your H-2A. We will provide you information and answers to the following:

    • How a wrong answer to a survey question can sink your program.
    • Can you require a production standard right now? Will you be able to do so next year?
    • Best practices for tools for a workable progressive discipline standard.
    • Learning from 2015! You can move your contract start date later, but never earlier. We will show you how the regulation works for you if your crop is early.
    • Evaluate workers to determine who is eligible for rehire, but follow the regulations concerning unfair treatment carefully. We will share how to do so.

     Attend these free webinars, or wish you had!

    • August 25, 2015
    • 11:00 AM
    • August 27, 2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • Your Computer
    WEBINAR Two Part Series

    H-2B: The new Rule & how it may Work for you
    FREE - wafla Members
    Aug. 25 & 27   
    Your Computer  
    11 a.m. to Noon 

    Recording\handouts will be forwarded to all registrants regardless of live attendance.

    The H-2B program is the government’s guest worker program for landscaping, tree-planting, seafood processing, and many other seasonal non-agricultural jobs. Although the program is similar to the H-2A agricultural program, there are several important differences. The program has been mired in litigation and regulatory changes for the past several years, although demand for the limited visas remains very strong. Just 66,000 H-2B visas are available each year and the visa cap was reached just half way through the year. 

    Earlier this year, the Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland Security released 150 pages of complicated new regulations for the H-2B program that will apply for work beginning on or after October 1. If you have a seasonal need for non-agricultural labor, this program may be for you. Join us for an explanation and discussion of the H-2B program and its requirements in two upcoming webinars.  

    Aug. 25 - Part I
    Learn about the new program requirements. Leon Sequeira, an experienced attorney representing H-2A and H-2B employers nationwide, will walk you through the program requirements and answer your questions.

    Aug. 27 - Part II
    Learn about the application filing and alternative ways to shave costs for next season. Dan Fazio and Montse Walker of wafla will explain.

    Be in the knowAttend this webinar!


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