Webinar: Paid Rest Periods for Agricultural Piece-rate Workers
Presenter: Tisa Soeteber, Agricultural Employment Standards Specialist with the Department of Labor & Industries
Date/Time: Feb. 11, 2016 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Summary Description: The Washington State Supreme Court recently held that the agricultural rest period regulation [WAC 296-131-020(2)] requires employers to pay piece-rate agricultural workers a separate payment for their rest periods. This separate payment must be based on the pieceworker’s regular rate of pay or minimum wage, whichever is greater. What does the “pieceworker’s regular rate” mean? How should employer’s calculate the separate payment for rest periods? L&I has prepared guidance to help agricultural employers understand their responsibilities related to paid rest periods. Click here to register!
Webinar: 9 Steps to Safety Excellence
Presenter: Jeff Lütz, Safety Director with Washington Farm Bureau
Date/Time: Feb. 17, 2016 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Summary description: Are you frustrated that your employees continue to get injured despite your making monetary investments into your workplace safety programs and training? Are your bothered that accidents continue to cost your business time and money? The problem may not be a lack of monetary resources, but a missing strategic plan to attack accidents and make accident prevention part of your company culture. This webinar will focus on the proven steps to creating a stellar safety culture at your company where everyone from the top-down and bottom-up live and breathe accident prevention on a daily basis. Registration opening soon!
Webinar: Simple Savings with Modified Duty Jobs
Presenter: Richard Clyne, Claims Director with Washington Farm Bureau
Date/Time: Feb. 24, 2016 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Summary description: Offering modified duty jobs when one of your employees is injured can be a confusing process to follow when you are not equipped with the proper tools and documentation. However, do not let that discourage you! Offering modified duty jobs will reduce your industrial insurance costs, and if you are in the retrospective rating program help return refunds to you through retro. This webinar will demonstrate the best practices to offering modified duty jobs to meet your business needs, the needs of your workforce, and the requirements set by LNI. Registration opening soon!
Free – WFB Retro/Safety or business members
$50 – Non-members
Tisa Soeteber: Tisa Soeteber is the Agricultural Employment Standards Specialist with the Department of Labor & Industries. She has been employed by the State of Washington for 19 years. She manages and supervises a team of field staff who focus on providing consultations and ensuring compliance with the Farm Labor Contractor Act, Farm Internship Project, Agricultural Employment Standards, Minimum Wage Act, and Wage Payment Act. Tisa has conducted training seminars, provided informative consultations and performed investigations involving various statutes related to wage & hour. She also has an extensive background working with various agricultural crops including tomatoes, kiwis, walnuts, almonds, prunes, peaches, apples, pears and cherries.