From the President . . .

Change to TPM Trust Invoicing We are excited about an upcoming new process at the TPM office. The TPM staff has been diligently working to be able to send the TPM Trust invoices to our participating members via email. This will allow us to better serve the membership by getting the TPM Trust billing to…More

The Washington CARES ACT is Back

WA Mandatory Long-Term Care Fund Washington State is the first in the nation to develop a mandated long-term care program that will be funded by payroll taxes. The state has dubbed the WA Cares Fund as a “new earned benefit to ensure working Washingtonians can access long-term care when they need it.” Newly published toolkit…More

Preventing Retaliation

Receiving a charge or complaint of discrimination can be frustrating, especially when you are confident that you haven’t done anything wrong. You may want to confront the employee who filed the complaint, to demand an explanation, assert your innocence, or insist that he/she withdraw the complaint. You may be inclined to punish the employee for…More

EEO-1 Reporting Will Begin in July

The 2022 EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collection is tentatively scheduled to open in mid-July 2023. Updates regarding the 2022 EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collection, including the opening date, will be posted to http://www.eeocdata.org/eeo1 as they become available. The EEO-1 Component 1 report is a mandatory annual data collection that requires all private sector employers with…More

COVID National Emergency Set to End

The Biden administration announced that the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) and national emergency will end May 11, 2023. As the PHE ends, it’s important to maintain or update any COVID Response Plans. If your company has an active COVID Response Plan, you might consider ending the program effective May 11th in response to the…More

Employer Costs for Compensation

As wages shift and benefit expectations increase across industries, employers are seeing increases in all categories of wage costs from taxes to base pay. Total employer compensation costs for private industry workers averaged $39.61 per hour worked in September 2022 (the most recent data available). Wage and salary costs averaged $27.93 and accounted for 70.5…More


Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), most nursing employees have the right to reasonable break time and a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view to express breast milk while at work. This right is available for up to one year after the child’s birth. Below is general information on the…More

Workplace Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) are more than policies, programs, or headcounts. Equitable employers outpace their competitors by respecting the unique needs, perspectives, and potential of all their team members. As a result, diverse and inclusive workplaces earn their employees’ deeper trust and more commitment. Expressing a commitment to inclusion is a key first step…More

Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace

There has been a reported rise in the number of individuals experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depressive disorders in the United States. This checklist provides recommendations for supervisors to help support mental health and alleviate stressors for workers. Be a compassionate leader and establish a supportive tone. Look for opportunities to alleviate stress at work.More

Fatal Facts: Tree Removal Rigging Fails

SUMMARY A 28-year-old tree trimmer died after he fell down an embankment, hitting his head against a rock. He worked for a commercial and residential tree service and landscaping company on an as-needed basis for five years. He received on the job training from his employer. On the day of the incident, he was part…More