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Action Alert: Fundraising Tax Exemption Close to Expiring – Write Your House Members Today

Picture this scenario: Your nonprofit is hosting a gala with a silent auction. You and your fellow staff members are overwhelmed with all the craziness of working the event while your guests are having a good time. Then, at the end of the night, it’s time to announce the silent auction winners. The winners are ecstatic and riding high about the fun items they’ve won. Then, reality sets in: you have the unfortunate task of breaking it to the winners that they owe an additional sales tax on their prizes. Thankfully, this is a hypothetical situation. But it could become […]

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New Federal Overtime Pay Rules Beginning January 1, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor released its new overtime pay threshold that takes effect January 1, 2020. The new salary threshold is raised to $684 per week/ $35,568 per year. What This Means: Employees earning less than the threshold must be paid time and a half overtime pay for each hour worked beyond 40 hours in a week. This change applies to all employers beginning January 1, 2020, regardless of size or field of service. How to Comply: Review the Department of Labor’s webpage about the new threshold. The website contains fact sheets, FAQ, and a compliance guide for small […]

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New law prohibits asking about a job applicant’s salary history

As of July 28, 2019, there is a Washington State law that affects all nonprofits with employees. Governor Jay Inslee signed a new law that prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their salary history until after a job offer with a salary or wage has been made. Additionally, employers with 15 or more employees must provide external and internal applicants for jobs with a specific wage or salary upon request. Make sure your nonprofit does not ask applicants about salary history, as it is now illegal. Why this Law Matters: This law is an important step to closing the gender pay gap. […]

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Are You Ready to Weigh in on Overtime Pay?

Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) issued its new overtime pay proposal. Official public hearings on the proposal begin next week, so read on to learn how you can comment on the policy.

Proposal Information
L&I is proposing to raise the overtime pay threshold (the minimum below which employees must be paid overtime for over 40 hours of work in a week) to 2.5x the minimum wage by 2026. This equates to a threshold annual salary of nearly $80,000. If you missed our recent webinar on the proposal, you can view the recording and access the slides below. You can access the salary tables, and other information here. […]

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New Rule May Affect Who Gets Overtime Pay

Washington State’s Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has issued its official overtime pay proposal. In short, L&I is proposing to raise the overtime pay threshold (the minimum below which employees must be paid overtime for over 40 hours of work in a week) to 2.5x the minimum wage by 2026. This equates to a threshold annual salary of over $70,000. We know many nonprofits will be affected by this proposed rule, so we are committed to keeping you informed. Watch our webinar below and read on to learn how you can provide input during the next round of hearings. Click here to […]

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Take Action for the 2020 Census Today

It is now April 2019, which means that we are one year away from the 2020 Census!   The 2020 census is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to get increased federal funding and representation for our state—but over 1.6 million Washingtonians are at risk of being left out of the count. An incomplete count would mean less money for nonprofit services, schools, roads, and community projects that make our state a special place to live. Watch the video below to learn more. We need your voice to make sure the 2020 census counts everyone in our state—no exceptions! If we don’t count everyone — […]

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New Tax Will Divert Funds from Mission-Related Work

National tax-reform has changed the landscape for nonprofits, including the new 21% tax burden on transportation benefits and employee parking. A national sign-on letter is now circulating to call on Congress to repeal this tax as soon as possible. You can add your organization to this national sign-on letter until Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

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Get Answers to Your 2020 Census Questions

The 2020 Census is right around the corner, and we’re sure you have questions. Below is our informational video about the Census, which we encourage you to watch if you have not seen it yet. You can also download and circulate our latest one pagers on the Census: Click here to download the English version of the one pager Click here to download the Spanish version of the one pager Once you take a look at our materials, please let us know what questions you may have so that we can get you the information you need as part of […]

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Take 5 Minutes to Support Charitable Giving in Our State

What if our supporters had to pay taxeson auction items and raffle prizes? There is a very important bill under consideration by the Washington State legislature that Washington Nonprofits supports. HB 1808 removes the current expiration date for the use tax exemption on nonprofit and library fundraising. Without the passage of this bill, tax exemption on items purchased or won at a nonprofit fundraiser or event would no longer be available past July 1, 2020. HB 1808 ensures a future tax exemption for items valued under $12,000 that are won or purchased during a nonprofit fundraiser or event. Contact your […]