June 11, 2019
Meeting was called to order by Carol Johnson at 7:30am. Matthew R. led the flag salute.
Thought of the Day:
Peggy gave a history moment from 1919
Jack moved to accept June 4 meeting minutes, seconded by Matthew. Motion passed.
Steve Hopf running for Fire District 2, Brad Griffith from Sequim MakerSpace, City Council Candidates Martha Cunningham and Charlie McCaughan, Pam Lindquist.
Olympic Game Farm is the sponsor for the July 4th apple pie contest.
Edna is having a Necessities and Temptations sale June 15.
The Jeff Pearson Wing Cookoff was a success.
Wednesday, June 19 begins the Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom, followed by the “first in 18 years” Airport Appreciation Day.
Debbie attended Port Angeles Downtown Association meeting – they are looking for board and committee members.
Karen Scott’s memorial service is June 22, 11am at First Christian Church.
Mark Nichols is the guest speaker this Thursday for Kiwanis at Joshua’s.
Jack announced Jamestown started digging the sewer this morning.
WA Policy Center information was passed around.
Program: Kevin Hoult, SBDC
I-1433 passed by popular vote and affects minimum wage and paid sick leave. Payroll taxes normally average 20-25%, this bill increases taxes. Employees are required to maintain a roster of sick leave, retain documentation, and is an increase to business by about 15%.
Equal Pay and Opportunities Act is about equal compensation, opportunity, and disclosing wages to applicants, and business cannot prohibit employees from discussing wages. Wage history cannot be used as a model. If you don’t have these things you are risk of being in non-compliance: a handbook for expectations, clear job descriptions, a written career path with wage scale.
Paid Family and Medical Leave and Long Term Care Act for two new taxes for employees. Employees now have 15% of their paycheck being taken out.
Overtime exempt workers’ threshold is increasing which means Labor & Industries gets additional hours of premiums. Salaried employees now need to record their time which is most problematic for non-profits.
These new bills may mean opportunities for contract workers and temporary employee companies.
City of Seattle is experimenting with 2 weeks’ notice for any schedule changes, if not the company owes the employee 50% of their wages.
Kevin talked about the DOS warn list and how 5500 employees have been laid off annually for the past few years. Also, 28% of 16-22 year olds have not yet had a job. Edna said she could no longer afford to mentor High School students.
Kaj moved to extend the meeting up to 15 minutes, seconded by Rob O. Motion passed.
Discussion followed about how more automation will create loss of employees and how farming is a skilled trade. There will be a technology revolution over the next 10 years and the economic benefit will increase everyone’s quality of life. It’s coming, Kevin said, and we need to get through it.
Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship is coming to Port Angeles and the SBDC continues to work with EDC. Kevin said L & I does not recognize independent contractors and salons have no regulation so there is much trafficking, and because they are renting, they don’t collect sales tax.
Meeting adjourned at 8:47am.