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  • December 01, 2016 3:34 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    TUMWATER The minimum wage in Washington will increase to $11 an hour starting on Jan. 1, 2017. Since the recent election, the Department of Labor & Industries has received scores of calls asking for clarity on the details of the new law.


    The new minimum wage, a result of the passage of Initiative 1433, applies to all jobs, including those in agriculture. Workers under 16 years old can be paid 85 percent of the adult minimum wage, or $9.35 per hour, in 2017. In addition to minimum wage, the initiative addresses paid sick leave.


    Seattle, Tacoma, and the City of SeaTac have higher minimum wage rates for 2017. For employers in those areas, the local minimum wage rate will apply as long as it is higher than the state minimum.


    The new law does not change minimum wage exemptions or regulations regarding overtime pay.


    Since 1998, L&I has been responsible for calculating the state’s minimum wage each September. Under Initiative 1433, the minimum wage will increase to $13.50 by 2020. L&I will resume calculating the minimum wage for calendar years 2021 and beyond.


    Paid sick leave starting in 2018

    Along with increasing the state minimum wage, the initiative requires employers to provide paid sick leave starting Jan. 1, 2018.


    Under the initiative, L&I must adopt rules to enforce the new requirement, including, “…procedures for notification to employees and reporting regarding sick leave, and protecting employees from retaliation for the lawful use of sick leave…”


    The official rulemaking process, which will include public comment opportunities, will take place in 2017. Interested parties can sign up for updates on the process on L&I’s Employment Standards Program listserv (


    Worker rights

    L&I provides materials to help employers inform workers about the minimum wage and their rights as workers. Employers are required to post L&I’s “Your Rights as a Worker” poster in the workplace. The poster has general information about employment issues. An optional, minimum-wage poster is also available for employers. Both are free from L&I.


    L&I enforces the state’s wage-and-hour laws. The agency investigates all wage-payment complaints. More information on Washington’s minimum wage is available on L&I's wage and hour webpage. Employers and workers may also call 360-902-5316 or 1-866-219-7321.



  • October 04, 2016 3:11 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Recently, Planning Manager for the City of Wenatchee--Glen DeVries--sent BNCW the following message:

    On August 11, 2016, the City of Wenatchee made a number of limited changes to city code specified in Ordinance No. 2016-22.  Included within these changes were two definition revisions to address several concerns within the prior zoning code.  These included a revised definition for lot coverage and a revised definition for rear yard. 

    The change to the rear yard definition will provide clarity for irregularly shaped or triangular lots with respect to the measurement and application of a rear yard setback.  The change to the lot coverage standard will provide a change in how lot coverage is measured, more consistent with the standards of surrounding jurisdictions providing that the measurement is measured horizontally from the outside of the external walls or supporting members of all primary and accessory structures.  Eaves extending greater than two feet from the external wall will be calculated in the total lot coverage. 

    I have enclosed a link to the adopted ordinance, which is now in effect.  Code publishing should have our online code updated soon.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

  • June 29, 2016 1:11 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Given the long, contentious presidential primary, it’s likely that most people are already tired of all things political. However, this 2016 primary election is an extremely important one locally! There are a number of critical races where there are three or more candidates vying for the same position, with only the top two candidates moving forward to the General Election.

    BNCW members, please be certain to complete your due diligence by taking a little bit of time to learn more about each of the candidates. We strongly encourage our members to consider supporting the BNCW-endorsed candidates noted below, as well as asking that your friends, family and others within your circles do the same!

    Remember, the Primary Election is August 2. Ballots should be in mailboxes around July 18th! For a printable version of the list of BNCW Endorsed candidates, click here.

  • May 02, 2016 12:11 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Hi, my name is Sarah Daggett and I am the new Membership Development Specialist with BNCW. I am originally from a small farming town on the west side  of the mountains called Sumas, WA. My husband was born and raised here in the  Wenatchee Valley and we are finally able to make the move back and start a new chapter for our family.

    My professional background has been in construction and farm equipment sales. My favorite aspects of my previous jobs have been developing good working  relationships with my customers and learning the ins and outs of the industries.

    I am very excited about this new opportunity with BNCW and I look forward to getting to know the local business community and making this area my new  home.

    Please feel free to contact me, as I look forward to meeting and getting to know our BNCW members. My BNCW cell number is 433-4800, and my email address is

  • February 05, 2016 3:20 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Building North Central Washington (BNCW) is searching for a high-quality individual to assume the newly created staff position of Membership Development Specialist. The candidate who joins BNCW’s dedicated small staff will be primarily responsible for helping to grow BNCW’s membership base, while helping to orient new member companies to the organization and providing added staff support.

    This is a full-time, exempt position and reports directly to the Association’s CEO. Our ideal candidate will be a detail-oriented, self-starter with strong organizational, time-management and multi-tasking skills. We are looking for an individual with exceptional people skills and an outgoing personality. Previous sales experience is highly preferred.  A complete job description is available for download by clicking here.

    Building North Central Washington is a non-profit trade association dedicated to promoting and protecting the North Central Washington building industry for the preservation and growth of the local economy, small business, and quality of life.

    If possible, BNCW would like to fill this position through referrals from within the Association. If you know of an individual with similar qualifications, you are encouraged to inform them about this opportunity.

    Suitable applicants may submit their resume, a letter of interest and three letters of reference to the attention of Marc Straub, at, or P.O. Box 3556, Wenatchee, Washington 98807. Closes 2/29/2016.

  • January 04, 2016 3:55 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    A tenant of the Port of Chelan County is seeking firms or individuals interested in constructing and leasing an approximately 25,000 square foot industrial/office building to facilitate the expansion of its operations.  The tenant has an excellent reputation and requires a facility that will contain office space and light industrial warehouse space.  The tenant desires that the building be completed and ready to occupy by December 31, 2016.

    To assist the tenant in evaluating its options, the Port is seeking letters of interest.  Letters should describe the capabilities of the firm or individuals, and if applicable, the site or sites where the building might be located.  Alternatively, the proposed building could be located on land owned by the Port under a long term ground lease to the developer, either in Olds Station or Cashmere.   Expressions of interest will be provided to the tenant and it will be up to the tenant whether further contact will occur.  The Port will not be involved in the review of the letters of interest, but may become involved if a ground lease of Port property is part of a proposal sought by the tenant.

    All letters or materials received by the Port are public records, subject to disclosure under state law.

    Please submit letters of interest to Craig Larsen, Business Development Director, at by January 15, 2016.

  • November 18, 2015 11:44 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Ecology finalized changes to its water quality permit that covers approximately 2,000 construction sites across the state and helps prevent muddy runoff when it rains.

    Muddy runoff is a pollution problem when it reaches downstream waters, either directly or through stormwater drains. Sediment and minerals in muddy runoff can harm aquatic life and fish habitat, feed plant growth, and contribute to algae blooms that deplete oxygen in water.

    Changes to the permit are minor, but include:

    ·       Required electronic submittal of the permit application.

    ·       Special protections for areas that will be used for low-impact development.

    “This permit is an important tool in helping us prevent pollution as land is developed. The updates we’ve made are in keeping with our transition to e-business goals,” said Heather Bartlett, manager of Ecology’s Water Quality Program.

    The updated permit goes into effect Jan. 1, 2016. Find out more by visiting Ecology’s website

  • October 09, 2015 5:23 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Tumwater – All employers in Washington will receive a new required Job Safety and Health poster this month from the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

    The mailing was prompted by a major change in what employers must report to L&I. Under the new requirement, employers must now report to L&I within 24 hours if a worker suffers an amputation or loss of an eye and is not admitted to the hospital. This is in addition to the existing requirement to report within eight hours any workplace fatality or inpatient hospitalization.

    L&I changed the requirement so Washington would be in compliance with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

    Employers should discard their old Job Safety and Health poster and replace it with the new one dated 09-2015.

    L&I requires employers to post three workplace posters. The other two were not changed, so employers don’t need to replace them if they have the current version.

    The other two posters and valid dates are:

    • ·         Notice to Employees − If a Job Injury Occurs (valid date 12/2012) for employers who receive industrial insurance coverage through L&I; or Notice to Employees – Self-Insurance (valid date 12/2012) for self-insured businesses.
    • ·         Your Rights as a Worker in Washington State (valid dates 06/2013 or 12/2012).

    All of the posters include both English and Spanish language.

    L&I posters are always free and can be downloaded and printed at This link also contains information about other government posters and answers to questions about the required posters.

    Employers may receive advertisements from private vendors that sell these and other government posters; however, all three posters are always free through L&I.

  • October 02, 2015 12:45 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    As the end of the year approaches, so , too, does BNCW's annual election of association leadership for the coming year! BNCW is seeking members who have an interest in serving on the Association’s Board of Directors. Specifically, BNCW is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors, and is comprised of members who are elected by the Association's membership on an annual basis.

    Each director serves a four-year term, beginning in January, subsequent to his or her election. The business and affairs of Building North Central Washington are managed under the direction of the Board of Directors. Here are a few of the more important duties our directors perform as members of BNCW’s Board:

    Board Responsibilities (in part) -

    • Approves operating and capital budgets

    • Represents the membership of the association

    • Understands issues facing the organization

    • Ensures proper use of assets

    • Establishes short- and long-range organizational goals

    • Establishes the policies governing the association

    • Approves new members

    • Fulfills fiduciary responsibility to the membership

    • Approves the long-range and strategic plan(s) of the association

    • Assures legal compliance with the bylaws of the association

    According to the BNCW bylaws, Chairman Travis Hofstetter is currently preparing appointments to the BNCW Nominating Committee, who, in turn, will be seeking nominations from the membership to serve as directors, as well as those current directors who will serve as officers in 2016. A leadership ballot will be presented to our BNCW members in the coming weeks—be watching for it and please be sure to cast your vote!

    If you have an interest in serving the Association in this important role, and would like more information, please feel free to contact either Chairman Travis Hofstetter at (509) 670-8129, or Marc Straub at (509) 293-5840. Directors meet monthly and terms are four years.

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