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Return to Work?

We know that reopening is on your mind, and we want to continue to provide useful resources to guide your decisions. In June we hosted a Return to Work webinar and wrote a Washington State Reopens blogpost, which still have relevant information. Now, we are pleased to share two new tools: our Safety & Health in Nonprofits COVID-19 Workplace Safety Checklist and COVID-19 Workplace Safety Sample Policy. We hope these tools help your nonprofit assess your readiness for workers, clients, and visitors to return to the workplace as well as support your organization in creating a COVID-19 safety policy that […]

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Washington State Reopens

On June 30, Governor Inslee announced the economic reopening of Washington state.  As most businesses return to pre-pandemic capacity and operations, each nonprofit organization will need to make decisions about how to reopen and what if any restrictions to keep in place to ensure safety for employees, clients, and customers. Reopening does not mean that employers no longer have responsibility for following state safety guidelines related to COVID-19. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has issued excellent updated summary guidance in its L&I Requirements and Guidance for Preventing COVID-19.  Here are a few highlights that pertain to many […]

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Adventures in Compensation

How do nonprofits decide how much to pay their employees? This question is frequently asked of us, and there is not one clear answer. In fact, Washington Nonprofits has struggled to determine what is fair compensation for our staff. Going into 2021, we decided to do some work to determine if our team was being paid livable and competitive wages. Here are a few of the things we learned. […]

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Call Outs in the Nonprofit Sector

At this point, I am just beginning to discern a pattern and seek to understand it. Are these small uprisings a positive development that will lead to needed change in our sector, or divisive and counter-productive campaigns that sap organizations’ energy and detract from our ability to meet our missions? How do we reduce nonprofits’ vulnerability and increase our capability to address and resolve conflicts before they get to a boiling point? How do we find a restorative justice approach to these challenges so that we are calling people in and making meaningful change, not splintering our communities of common […]

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Are you keeping up with changing wage rates and HR compliance requirements?

Minimum wage and overtime threshold levels now rise with inflation every year in Washington state. Make sure you are complying by paying your staff above these levels starting on January 1, 2021: 2021 State minimum wage:  $13.69 per hour (higher for the cities of Seattle and SeaTac) Salary level below which you must pay overtime:   Small employers (up to 50 employees):  $42,713 per year Large employers (51+): $49,832 per year While you are at it, be sure you post an updated copy of “Your Rights as a Worker” poster in an area where your employees can read it.  If your staff are […]

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Are you prepared for the new state overtime rules?

It’s budgeting season in a year like no other. For those of us without psychic ability and a crystal ball, how do we plan for 2021? There are many things to consider, but I want to lead with a big policy change that needs to be a focus of your forecasting: Significant changes to the Washington state overtime threshold rules are being phased in over the next 7.5 years. […]