October 12, 2018
Hammer & Nail is BIAW's once a month e-newsletter. During legislative session, it includes the Lawmaker Review.  
BIAW’s latest print magazine Building Insight will be in the mail soon to members and is now available online. The October edition talks about upcoming BIAW Family and Medical Leave classes, election endorsements, outlines the monthly R.O.I.I.® Select safety tip and takes a closer look at young professionals in the state's home building industry.

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WAHC Endorsements for November 6 Election
BIAW’s political action committee, the Washington Affordable Housing Council (WAHC), endorsed 89 candidates for the November 6 general election during the BIAW summer board meeting in Pasco and at the WAHC meeting last month in Seatac.
The endorsements, as always, are focused on candidates who understand the needs of Washington small businesses and home builders. WAHC is proud to support and encourage your support of endorsed candidates for office.
Expect delivery of your ballot no later than October 25. With the new paid postage ballots, it’s even easier to vote in the November 6 election!
L&I Proposes Hike in Salary Threshold up to $84,000!
The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is changing their employment rules for Executive Administrative, and Professional (EAP) workers. The EAP determines which salaried employees in Washington are required by law to receive overtime pay, minimum wage and paid sick leave.

Why it Matters
The set of L&I draft rules proposes to tie the salary threshold to a range of 1.5-3 times the state minimum wage, which is $42,000 – $84,000 annually! To view the pre-draft rules, click here »

What You Can Do
L&I is hosting several feedback sessions where the public will have the opportunity to review and comment on the pre-draft version of the rule language. If you would like to attend one of the sessions and provide public comment, please contact BIAW Codes and Regulations Manager Al Audette at 360-352-7800 ext. 105.
BIAW, Local Associations Receive NAHB Awards for Membership Efforts
BIAW is proud to announce it received NAHB Grand Awards for membership efforts in 2017 in three areas: Numerical, Percentage, and Retention Increase. Each year, HBAs in each group size category are honored with Grand Awards for outstanding membership efforts.

Along with BIAW, a number of our state's local associations were recognized with Grand Awards in their size category by NAHB:

Grand Award for Numerical Increase
MBA of King & Snohomish Counties
MBA of Pierce County

Grand Award for Percentage Increase
MBA of Pierce County

Grand Award for Affiliate Membership
Jefferson County HBA

Congratulations for all of your membership efforts and for strengthening the home building industry in Washington!

To see all the 2017 award winners, click here »
BIAW Classes on WA Family & Medical Leave
Employers with 50 or Less Employees
The state’s new Washington Family and Medical Leave Act (FLA) will impact certain employers in Washington over the next two years. This requirement is in addition to the paid sick leave law that began at the beginning of the year. 
To help members with 50 or fewer employees prepare, BIAW is offering an FLA class which explains the requirements that will be phased in at the beginning of 2019. 
If you have questions, please contact Hillary Vanatta at (360) 352-7800, ext. 106 or hillaryv@biaw.com .
Save the Date - BIAW Fall Board Meeting
Be part of strengthening the state's home building industry by attending the BIAW fall board meeting at The Lodge at Suncadia in Cle Elem on November 14-16. 
In addition to regularly scheduled board meetings and events, network with others from across the state and learn about opportunities to provide a voice on important industry issues in 2019 and beyond.

Construction Contracts & Lien Law

This class will discuss all things contracts and lien law. For the Contracts portion of the class, you will learn important terms, required legal notices, and all good things you will need in a standard contract.

The Lein section will teach you how to prepare, record, and foreclose a lien on either a commercial or residential project. You will also receive a reference guide with current information and all necessary forms designed for practical application.

Optimizing Your Site: Determining Low Impact Development (LID) Feasibility and Improving Your Site Layout Workshop
Participants will review fundamental strategies and techniques to assess soils and other site characteristics to effectively and efficiently plan and develop a site layout using LID principles.
Choose from three workshop dates plus a video conference option at Bellevue, Bellingham and Vancouver locations.
BIAW Registration Now Open:
$20 fee per registration (includes lunch)
Side note : This course is part one of a two-part workshop series. Attendees will earn a certificate after completing this workshop and "Protecting Your BMPs: Ensuring Low Impact Development (LID) Best Management Practices (BMPs) are Not Impacted by Construction Activities." Part two workshop dates and locations to be announced.  
Grant funded by the Washington State Department of Ecology
Bees stopped buzzing during the 2017 solar eclipse

As the 2017 solar eclipse darkened the skies across the United States, humans rejoiced while flamingos huddled, crickets chirped, and, according to a new study, bees fell silent. For a study published today in the Annals of the Entomological...

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