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  • March 27, 2017 11:32 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Building North Central Washington is very pleased to announce that our Association will now be offering our qualified member companies access to a few high-quality, proven workers, compensation retro programs!

    The SMART A-TEAM group retro program is designed for general contractors and sub-contractors who want to take advantage of a group retro program consisting of a large premium group.

    A-Team participants are committed to accident prevention and keeping injured workers on salary for no less than 30 days. In addition, by returning injured workers to light duty as soon as possible, they are able to keep their costs low. In the past, some of the firms in this group may have had challenges with safety and/or claims, resulting in higher costs. With the support from SMART A-Team and Approach, they are improving their safety record by lowering their experience factor.

    The SMART A-Team has averaged between 25 and 35 percent group refunds since its inception in 1996. The refund is distributed 75 percent based on performance (premium vs. losses) and 25 percent premium. Even if a participant's losses exceed their premium, they can still get some refund monies depending on the amount of premium paid into the group's premium pool. While the SMART A-Team enjoys high refunds, it is their goal to lower each participant's experience factor and prevent accidents so that all workers can return home safe to their families every day.

    BNCW will also be offering our qualified member companies access to participation in the SMART Advantage Retro program. The goal of the SMART Advantage retro group is to provide proactive workers’ compensation claim management for companies in retail, wholesale, and professional service industries, while lowering the amount of premium paid to the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I). 
    SMART Advantage has averaged between 30 and 38 percent group refunds since its inception in 2004.

    Also, BNCW now has access to a Retro program for qualified members in the transportation, manufacturing and food processing industries through the PITB Association (Pacific Inland Tariff Bureau).

    For more information about these quality workers' comp retro programs and to see if your company may qualify to get some of your hard-earned dollars back, please contact BNCW at (509) 293-5840, or go online to for more information.

  • February 21, 2017 2:59 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    TUMWATER — Improving workplace safety just got easier with two new free apps available from the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). They were developed with grant money awarded by L&I’s Safety and Health Investment Projects (SHIP) Program. Both can be downloaded for IOS or Android devices.

    The SHIP Program funds innovative projects that prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities and help injured workers return to work.

    “We hope all employers will give these apps a try,” said Jenifer Jellison, program manager for L&I’s SHIP grant program. “They’re convenient, easy to use in the workplace, and offer a great new way to prevent injuries and reinforce safe work practices.”

    Capture and report safety incidents instantly

    The Good Observation, Near-Miss and Accident Reporting app provides a simple and effective way to document safety incidents in the workplace. Employers can use it to photograph a safe practice, a near-miss or an accident, and then use the finger-drawing tool to markup the photo. A quick-report feature lets you save the photo, add a few details and send to others in your organization.


    This new workplace safety tool was developed by three companies working together John W. Shervey & Associates, Shuchart Construction and Mellora using a $45,735 SHIP grant. 


    The app is suitable for most industries and can be used for training, hazard recognition, risk analysis or process improvement. There’s also a Spanish version, and there’s a  YouTube video that shows how to use the app. Download the app at WA-HSEQ app.


    SafeMe app gets young workers off to a safe start

    Statistics show that young workers are more likely to be injured on the job than adults, especially when they’re new to the working world. This new app offers safety lessons, videos and hazard identification for a variety of occupations where teens and young workers often find jobs, including retail and restaurants.


    The SafeMe app was developed by the Washington Retail Association with young workers in mind. The project was funded with a $177,426 SHIP grant. The download is available at WRA SafeMe project.

    Visit to learn more about the SHIP  Program.

  • 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

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